He thanked the organisers for inviting him. The annual National Street Food Fest is held "to empower the street vendors as a service provider to the society", said NASVI national co-ordinator Arbind Singh, who anchored the inaugural ceremony.
"Sanjeev Kapoor's presence has certainly encouraged the street food vendors to achieve excellence," he added.
NASVI program manager Sangeeta Singh said that she was "overwhelmed by the response of the Delhi crowd".
One of the major highlights of the first day of the event was launching of an Android application named Street Saathi. The free application enables users to search nearby street food vendors by proximity, popularity and cuisine type. The application has been made by Dheeraj Agrawal, who was a street vendor when he was younger. Apart from culinary arts, the festival will have special attractions like interactive competitive games for children such as make the poster on the spot, extempore speech, sing your own food song and write slogan on promoting street food. The festival will end Sunday night. On the last day, an awards ceremony will applaud master street food vendors in categories like hygiene, nutrition, serving, customer relation, innovation and popularity.