It isn’t summer in Vancouver without the annual Indian Summer Festival, a celebration of ideas, diversity and fantastic people.

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Celeb Nerd Crushes: This year, the festival included amazing authors, thinkers, creators and dancers, including Sudeep Chakravarti, Jeet Thayil, Deepa Mehta, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Anosh Irani, Anakana Schofield, Renee Saklikar and so many more. We were in intellectual heaven.

Style Spotting: The Opening Gala is the place to pose and be snapped in Vancouver during July. Designer and heritage saris, sunny weather maxis, silk kurtas, sparkling lenghas, luxe anarkalis and dapper suits were on the fashion menu this year. We also took in a spectacular performance by Rajasthan Josh, who serenaded guests at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens. Visit Jugni Style on Instagram to see style photos from the gala (look for the July 4, 2013 photos).

Tummy Satisfaction: With Chef Vikram Vij at the helm of the culinary escapade known as the Opening Gala (he curated a selection of South Asian cuisines with the help of local restaurants) and a special dinner with Indian celebrity Chef Sanjay Kapoor, no stomach was left unsatisfied. Add to that some desserts by Nanak Foods and wines from BC vineyards, and it was an indulgent festival indeed.

Congratulations to Laura and Sirish and all of the volunteers for throwing such an amazing festival!

Our photographer Liane White took some fabulous photos from the Indian Summer Festival Opening Gala – click through the slideshow below and relive the magic. 

Sandy Garossino, Sudeep Chakravarti and CKNW’s Jessica Gares
Sandy Garossino, Sudeep Chakravarti and CKNW’s Jessica Gares
Chef Vikram Vij
Chef Vikram Vij
RJ1200’s Shushma Datt and Dianna Lee
RJ1200’s Shushma Datt and Dianna Lee
Harbir Deol and guest
Harbir Deol and guest
Sharmila Singh and Newton Sangha
Sharmila Singh and Newton Sangha
Joyce Wignall Connors and friends
Joyce Wignall Connors and friends
Meharoona Ghani
Meharoona Ghani
Our Jugni Style contest winner, Kirn Gill, with Ravi Gill
Our Jugni Style contest winner, Kirn Gill, with Ravi Gill
Nina Brar, Joyte Gill and Kirn Gill
Nina Brar, Joyte Gill and Kirn Gill
GlobalTV’s Robin Gill (right) and guests
GlobalTV’s Robin Gill (right) and guests
Poet Renee Saklikar and guest
Poet Renee Saklikar and guest
Mark Marissen, Nisha Khare, Sharad Khare, Susan Mohammed and Jeremy Szafron
Mark Marissen, Nisha Khare, Sharad Khare, Susan Mohammed and Jeremy Szafron
Nisha and Sharad Khare
Nisha and Sharad Khare
Mark Marissen and VIBC Society’s Mo Dhaliwal
Mark Marissen and VIBC Society’s Mo Dhaliwal
Shelly Dhawan and Ash Dhawan
Shelly Dhawan and Ash Dhawan
RJ1200′s Angelina Rai (right) and Guest
RJ1200′s Angelina Rai (right) and Guest
Pooja Sidhu, Raj Arneja, Mrs. Jeet, Nanna Saran and Suman Bakshi
Pooja Sidhu, Raj Arneja, Mrs. Jeet, Nanna Saran and Suman Bakshi
Jugni Style’s fave tech guy, Bhavan Mahal, with Christina Mann
Jugni Style’s fave tech guy, Bhavan Mahal, with Christina Mann
Dr. Arun Garg and guest
Dr. Arun Garg and guest
Pranav Bhatt and Gopi Pandya
Pranav Bhatt and Gopi Pandya
R. Chandramouli and guest
R. Chandramouli and guest
Ricky and Anne Shetty with baby
Ricky and Anne Shetty with baby
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Ms. Mathur
Todd Lidiard and guest
Todd Lidiard and guest
Sarb Dhaliwal and guest
Sarb Dhaliwal and guest
Nar Bhalla and guest
Nar Bhalla and guest
Hilda Stanger and guest
Hilda Stanger and guest
Sharon Davis and guest
Sharon Davis and guest
Mindy Sond and guest
Mindy Sond and guest
Randall Martin and guest
Randall Martin and guest
Hillary Russell and guest
Hillary Russell and guest
Amyn Sunderji and guest
Amyn Sunderji and guest
Jamie Schlackl and guest
Jamie Schlackl and guest
Gagan Bansal and guest
Gagan Bansal and guest
Minnie Downey and guest
Minnie Downey and guest
Sattu Dhaliwal and guest
Sattu Dhaliwal and guest
Jugni Style founders Joti Dhesi and Manjot Bains
Jugni Style founders Joti Dhesi and Manjot Bains
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Haresh, Corina Hema, Dharinee and Nikhita Bhatt
Haresh, Corina Hema, Dharinee and Nikhita Bhatt
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Dr. Arun Garg and Indian Consul General Ravi Shankar Aisola
Dr. Arun Garg and Indian Consul General Ravi Shankar Aisola
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Photography By: Lianne White