Visitors feel the heat at World Curry Festival in Bradford's City Park

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TEMPTING: Some of the food on display at the curry festival.

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SIZZLING spices and temperatures mingled in Bradford's City Park as the World Curry Festival continued to attract crowds throughout the weekend.

When the curries got too hot to handle there was always iced lattes and strawberry samosas to cool things down again as the sun shone on the popular three-day event.

Chapatti classes, a jenga-style chapatti challenge, cookery school and master classes in the big marquee were just some of what was on the menu for visitors who thronged to the heart of Bradford to zest up their weekend, eat good food and come away with inspiring recipes and the know-how to do it at home.

Among master chefs making an appearance on Saturday was one fromTexas sharing her shrimp in butter sauce recipe - former TV presenter Christa Ackroyd was also there.

And the mirror pool was a hot-spot with families making the most of the summer, sitting to relax and chat while letting the children have a splash and paddle.

Bringing a new flavour to the event and running alongside the curry festival was Poetry In The City, a new partnership between Ilkley Literature Festival and the World Curry Festival, with performances from the likes of Joolz Denby and Roger McGough in City Hall's banqueting suite.

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9:28pm Mon 23 Jun 14

HAL:9000 says...

Took the family down on Sunday afternoon. Great atmosphere. Shame there weren't as many stalls as last year's Festival. But we did get our long awaited Twisted Potatoes! Tried lots of new flavours and it inspired us to take a trip to the Aargrah in a few weeks.
Well done to the organisers and see you again next time for more potatoes on sticks!!!
Took the family down on Sunday afternoon. Great atmosphere. Shame there weren't as many stalls as last year's Festival. But we did get our long awaited Twisted Potatoes! Tried lots of new flavours and it inspired us to take a trip to the Aargrah in a few weeks. Well done to the organisers and see you again next time for more potatoes on sticks!!! HAL:9000
  • Score: 9

10:13pm Mon 23 Jun 14

PTN says...

Lots of families went with kids but they struggled to buy anything as it was double the normal prices. Great idea having the festival but is it not meant to be a festival promoting curries etc not a rip off money making event. Surely the prices could have been more reasonable. I can understand having these prices at the Mela as the stalls are there to make money but when its a festival to promote then surely it should be different.
Lots of families went with kids but they struggled to buy anything as it was double the normal prices. Great idea having the festival but is it not meant to be a festival promoting curries etc not a rip off money making event. Surely the prices could have been more reasonable. I can understand having these prices at the Mela as the stalls are there to make money but when its a festival to promote then surely it should be different. PTN
  • Score: 7

10:18am Tue 24 Jun 14

JAtkinson says...

Couldn't make it until Sunday but had a really great time. The crowds were out (although it wasn't as jam-packed as Saturday) and it was brilliant to se people enjoying the puddle.

Food was delicious - and great to see curries a bit different to Bradford's usual, though delicious, fare. I made sure I tried a few.

Also really enjoyed a few events of Poetry in the City. Putting them on together was inspired. Certainly got a few of the middle-classes who might usually partake of their cultural fare in Leeds, York or Harrogate, out in the city and hopefully improving their view of it. Also, lots of people from well out of the city who would never come here usually came for the poetry - spoke to people from Derbyshire, East & West coasts, North East and Midlands. All had come for the poetry but tucked into the curry.

Excellent events - more of the same, please.
Couldn't make it until Sunday but had a really great time. The crowds were out (although it wasn't as jam-packed as Saturday) and it was brilliant to se people enjoying the puddle. Food was delicious - and great to see curries a bit different to Bradford's usual, though delicious, fare. I made sure I tried a few. Also really enjoyed a few events of Poetry in the City. Putting them on together was inspired. Certainly got a few of the middle-classes who might usually partake of their cultural fare in Leeds, York or Harrogate, out in the city and hopefully improving their view of it. Also, lots of people from well out of the city who would never come here usually came for the poetry - spoke to people from Derbyshire, East & West coasts, North East and Midlands. All had come for the poetry but tucked into the curry. Excellent events - more of the same, please. JAtkinson
  • Score: 0

12:37pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Sounds like the Saltaire festival food stalls, everything at least double what you'd expect to pay for it.

I suppose the organisers charge quite a premium to the stall holders, so maybe they need to sell at these prices to make a profit.
Sounds like the Saltaire festival food stalls, everything at least double what you'd expect to pay for it. I suppose the organisers charge quite a premium to the stall holders, so maybe they need to sell at these prices to make a profit. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

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