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World Curry Festival This Weekend

Leeds gets spicy - bring your naan

Written by . Published on September 20th 2011.


World Curry Festival This Weekend

THE World Curry Festival is on again this weekend after its successful debut last year, when more than 12,000 curry fanatics flocked to the event.

The three-day festival kicks off on Friday in the Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, and organisers will be transforming the city centre into another world of tastes, flavours and dazzling demonstrations.

"We can promise a cacophony of curry for every taste and palate from around the world."

Thanks to sponsorship from Morrisons, the entry tickets are free and can be ordered by going to www.worldcurryfestival.com.

“Last year’s ticketed event was such a huge success, this year we wanted to open the event is even more visitors and decided to offer free access to the events, demonstrations, stalls and souks,” said festival director Zulfi Karim.

Undisputed curry kings Vivek Singh and grand chef Hemant Oberoi – fresh from cooking for the Obamas - will be hosting live cooking demonstrations. Local talent including Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park Hotel are also signed up for personal demonstration sessions in the 100-seat theatre.

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Foodies can wander the curry souk and street food section, as well as taking part in competitions, a world record attempt, curry-making and cocktail classes.

The World Curry Festival is joined by the Armed Force’s own The Soldiers’ Charity promoting their own “Big Curry” Campaign. There will be a team of soldiers from Grantham Royal Logistical Corp cooking curry in their field kitchen.

The catering squaddies also plan to have a go at a World Record attempt to see how many naan breads they can cook in one hour. The current record stands at an impressive 640 – or over 10 per minute.

The festival will culminate in a fine dining banquet at The Queen’s Hotel, hosted by comedian, chef and raconteur Hardeep Singh Kohli. Hardeep hosted a sell-out comedy/cooking evening at the World Curry Festival last year.

Guest speaker is the renowned 'Queen of Curry' Perween Warsi, who founded UK chilled food giant, S&A Foods. 

The World Curry Festival will also be celebrated in more than 450 Morrisons stores across the UK with promotions on curry-related products.

“It has been a major coup to get a company the size and reputation of Morrisons to join us. As a result, the event has been extended into the evening over the three days, now running between 11am and 7pm. We can promise a cacophony of curry for every taste and palate from around the world,” says Zulfi.

For details on how to claim free tickets as well as hotel deals over the weekend for this year’s event, visit the www.worldcurryfestival.com website. Numbers will be limited for each day so the public are advised to book early for their chosen day.

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