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DSC03734 (299x450)Arriving on Yorkshire’s doorstep for 15 days of flavours, sights and sounds from around the world is the spiciest food festival around – the World Curry Festival.

With only one month to go until the delicious spice party opens in Bradford and Leeds, people across the county are beginning to gear up for over 50 different events that will be taking place between the 15th and 29th of September.

Celebrity chef Ken Hom OBE will be making a special appearance as he will be presented with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to developing and promoting Asian cuisine.

Zulfi Karim, Founder of the World Curry Festival: “Our key objective is to bring people together and curry is a great way to do this. We have an exciting new format, which has created new venues and partners across the region. Special events include our launch at the magnificent Bradford Cathedral.”

The festival launches on Thursday 15th September at a gala dinner at Bradford Cathedral. Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi will help prepare the menu, which will be themed around the ‘Great British Curry’.

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Other highlights of the 15-day food festival include:

  • An Opening Weekender in Bradford between Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September with street food on Broadway; a food exhibition, masterclasses and cooking school at St Peter’s House (home to Kala Sangam Arts Centre); and an evening of curry and comedy with Hardeep Singh Kohli
  • A Cooking School with Stephanie Moon on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September at Leeds City College Printworks Campus
  • Pop-up Cookery Demos at Leeds Kirkgate Market between Monday 26th September and Thursday 29th September
  • Faith in Food events at various venues across Bradford and Leeds will see churches, mosques, temples and synagogues holding pop-up events to celebrate food used by different faiths in religious ceremonies and festivities

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The World Curry Festival is a vibrant, fun and fresh event that brings people together in celebration of their love of food, culture and entertainment. Traditionally held over a long weekend, the event has attracted a huge following since it was first established in Leeds in 2010. The festival now takes place in Yorkshire and Malaysia each year.

Organisers are inviting those with a passion for food and cultural events to get involved, and help spread the word.  A full programme of events is available online at www.worldcurryfestival.com