Updated Jan 13, 2017 11:56am

Karachi Eat kicks off today and this city has zero chill

The single most-anticipated festival of the year is today and people can't handle it.

Yes, people, Karachi Eat 2017 is kicking off today and there's only one thing this city loves more than its beaches and food.

Hours before the festival is due to start, hungry (some more like hangry) Karachiites take to Twitter to profess their love for the festival, or lament about it because they bumped into their exes the last time, or because stags aren't allowed.

Here's a glimpse of how this city is losing it when it comes to food -- lots of it and in one place:

On the one hand, there is extreme excitement.

We feel you.

Like, extreme excitement.

Easy on the keyboard, bro.

Some serious calculations were being made.

If you figure that one out, let us know!

Some had other ways to show their commitment.

Some people have their eye on a slightly different prize...

Not judging.

When Karachi Eat reminds guys that being single sucks...

But maybe 'Tex Mex before exes' should be their mantra?

Some were reminded of their love-hate relationship with Karachiites.

Dialling 1-5 for the police in 3..2..1..

'Cos it could also get rowdy...

People are prepping for the cold.

Whatever helps keep the bulge hidden...

'Cos healthy eating will have to wait.

There's always next year.

It's gonna be like Sharmila Faruqi's shaadi, 'cept you gotta pay for your food.

It's the food, darling, not you. It's only for the food

There was also this one scandalous admission:

Shame. Shame. Shame. (GoT style)

WAIT, there's more.

This one is going on the ban list. Stat.

We're just going to shut out the naysayers.

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BRILLIANT LOGIC Jan 13, 2017 10:04am

Is MASALA Dosa avaliable? Or Vada?

Alexey Jan 13, 2017 10:34am

Makes you wonder if they have good enough eateries in Karachi. In Lahore we eat when and where we want. All year round!

analyses Jan 13, 2017 12:19pm

@Alexey: Karachi eateries places are way more bigger and expanded than those in Lahore where they are spread in only some areas. I have lived at both places for a long time and there is just no comparison of the food crazy Karachiites have .... its their only outing and every eating out place is crowded till 12:00 AM on weekdays and 2:00 AM on weekends!

Hassan (Karachi) Jan 13, 2017 12:26pm

@Alexey We got plenty, though not as famous as Lahore historical food places. This festival puts some of them in a single place, so in case you live in one part of town and not familiar with places on the other side of town. Karachi is HUGE by the way.

techscribe Jan 13, 2017 12:40pm

You guys should run a campaign in India and publicize this event and give us Indians special visas. We'll not only come and gorge all Pakistani delicacies. We will also set up stalls that serve south, west, north and east Indian food.

techscribe Jan 13, 2017 12:46pm

@BRILLIANT LOGIC If I were informed in advance and given a visa I'd have treated you to three or four different types of masala dosas- Masala Dosa with potato Masala, Butter masala dosa with potato and onion masala, Rava Masala Dosa with potato and onion masala, Mutton Keema masala dosa. I would also have treated you to Uddina Vada with Sambar, Murg Uddina Wada with mutton gravy and spiced up curd Vada. Hopefully next time.

Khan Jan 13, 2017 12:48pm

The lack of hygine, over crowded spaces, low quality food, and over priced cuisine are all reasons why I never go the karachi festival. I'd rather spend my time at home, instead of the next few days taking diarrhea medication.

Haris Jan 13, 2017 01:13pm

@Alexey...are you kidding me....Lahore eateries and the eating scene is nowhere even near to where Karachi is

Hoop Jan 13, 2017 01:33pm

@Alexey , yeah and that's all you do

Mahmood Jan 13, 2017 02:54pm

@Alexey Sometimes you gotta laugh about outsiders knowledge of Karachi. Karachi is the FOOD capital of Karachi and if you don't believe me come here and I'll prove it. Even our dhabas serve top-notch food. I say this with complete sincerity because I have visited all the big cities of our country and nowhere does the food compete with local cuisine.

Pak lota Jan 13, 2017 04:04pm

Eating out is the only fun Pakistanis have. Where ever you are, Lahore or Karachi or any where else people talk about food. We either eat, or make babies or go for Umrah and Hajj. And then get married. These are called fun in Pakistan. Enjoy people, enjoy.

Muhammad Jan 13, 2017 04:09pm

@Alexey karachi has way more variety compared to lahore. Lahoris cant make good qorma and even nihari walas are from karachi and not to mention most lahori bbq outlets dont even serve deep fried parathas. Karachi is kind of underdog in terms of food, it is not that well known as lahore but for sure huge

BAXAR Jan 13, 2017 04:31pm

@Alexey you don't have to type all these words, just write "from lhr" in any topic regarding Karachi, we'll get your point. Thanks for the information regarding Lahore anyway.

fufu Jan 13, 2017 05:13pm

It takes a lot to organize these kind of events at this large scale.

Kudos to the management!

Abu shikri Jan 13, 2017 08:02pm

Sounds awesome!

sak Jan 13, 2017 08:13pm

@Alexey Tax payer of Karachi; are the one who provides you great life style in Lahore. So please do not dump on people of Karchi it pays over 65% of Pakistan taxes that is more than entire state of Punjab with over 60% of population.

Faisal Jan 13, 2017 09:08pm

Karachi is the second largest city in the world after Shanghai. Lahore doesn't even make half of Karachi. You can't compare a city of 24 million with that of 10 million. I'm neither from Karachi nor from Lahore. I'm from Peshawar and I've been to almost every city in Pakistan and I find Karachi to be the best.

Syed Ali Jan 14, 2017 11:53am

There is no9 entertainment in Karachi no place worth visiting so Eat and Eat and die. The festival will block important roads and there will be serious traffic jam

Faisal Jan 15, 2017 08:31pm

@Syed Ali : What a typical Pakistani you are! Criticize everything negatively, even if it's something great. After spending half of my life abroad and learning about other cultures and people I realized that the negative attitude of Pakistanis towards everything is the biggest reason behind the miderable condition of this country.

PAKISTANI man Jan 15, 2017 10:15pm

Why the once dead debate between Karachi and Lahore again? How's the festival going guys? Should i book the next plane from Islamabad to Karachi,? Karachi has great people and places and food. Deserves sincere leaders too. Love the city. And Lahore? WO tou hay hi Lahore. Cheers. :)