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Renowned World Curry Festival heading for new look

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Hailing from the picturesque rolling hills of Yorkshire to the foothills of Penang in Malaysia, the World Curry Festival reaffirmed Bradford’s pole position on the global curry circuit.

For six year’s the bosses of the World Curry Festival have been putting on an annual sumptuously delightful week-long showcase for people who have a love of South Asian cuisine.

But now with some new major developments underway, Bradford’s next World Curry Festival is to be postponed until 2018.

The renowned event, which was due to take place this October in the city, will have a new-look programme and a new venue.

The Festival, the only one of its kind to take place in Britain, has grown year-on-year since its launch eight years ago, attracting some of the biggest names in international cuisine, such as top celebrity chef Ken Hom and Grand Master chef Hemant Oberoi.

REVERED: India’s most-famous celebrity chef Hamant Oberoi has very much been part of the Festival since its inception in 2011

REVERED: India’s most-famous celebrity chef Hamant Oberoi has very much been part of the Festival since its inception in 2011

 

Founder and director Zulfi Karim said: “We have decided to take a gap year.

“The last few years have been relentless both here in the UK and abroad for the Festival, and it was time to recharge ourselves and the brand.

“It's important, like any other business, that you take time out to plan and focus on the product for your visitors and partners and that's exactly what we will doing.

“As well as travelling looking for new recipe ideas, we will be able to spend more time planning and come back better than ever in 2018.

“We have some exciting ideas for developing the Festival and extending it to a new audience and we’re looking forward to bringing those to fruition.”

The World Curry Festival was born out of a desire to bring people together to enjoy a shared passion for good food, culture and community, a unique celebration of one of the nation’s and planet’s favourite cuisines.

“I’d just like to thank all our sponsors, contributors and participants for their continuing support and all those members of the public, who’ve been asking me when we were going to announce the dates, for their kind interest and good wishes,” said Zulfi.

“They won’t have too long to wait and we hope next year’s event will be the best yet!”

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Faith in Food: Curry festival branches out to all religions

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BUSY BUSY: Crowds turn out in their thousands to attend the annual World Curry Festival

BUSY BUSY: Crowds turn out in their thousands to attend the annual World Curry Festival

Places of worship across Bradford and Leeds will be opening their doors to food lovers of all backgrounds this month as part of the World Curry Festival’s 2016 schedule of events.

Gurdwaras, mosques, synagogues, Hindu temples and churches have all signed up to join in with the festivities this year, offering different slants on curry favourites – from authentic Punjabi and Israeli feasts to a combination of scones and samosas.

The annual festival, which this year spans across Bradford and Leeds with a variety of events, promises to unite

Zulfi Karim, founder of the festival, said: “Food is traditionally used by all cultures and religions as a way of bringing people together, and that’s why we’re working with faith organisations to bring you a unique series of community focused events.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience new foods, as well as learn about the important role food plays in religious festivities.”

READY FOR LAUNCH: Zulfi Karim (centre) says the festival will cater for all families

READY FOR LAUNCH: Zulfi Karim (centre) says the festival will cater for all families

While each pop-up event is planned to have its own identity, the overall aim according to organisers is for people from different communities to ‘meet, eat and have fun’.

Places of worship already confirmed to be taking part in the ‘Faith in Food’ project include: Bradford Reform Synagogue (Friday 16th September), Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara (Saturday 17th September) Shree Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple (Sunday 18th September) and St Paul’s Church (Tuesday 20th September.

A Bradford Mosque event is also set to be confirmed for Monday 19th September.

Tickets for these unique events are priced at £10 and spaces will be limited.

If you would like to find out more information about these events and more about what’s going on this year with the World Curry Festival, visit www.worldcurryfestival.com.

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