Bradford licks its lips ready for spice spectacular

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan attending last year's curry festival. Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan attending last year's curry festival.

The World Curry Festival returns to Bradford for the fifth time this weekend with street market stalls, masterclasses and a junior chef competition.

Starting on Friday, from 11am, the event continues through to Sunday - all in Bradford's City Park.

There will be stalls serving up Indian street food snacks and live music on the Oz stage, as well as masterclasses in the Curry Theatre. Join the festivities later in the day for the festival's happy hour, soak up the atmosphere with a drink and a curry, and watch the finals of the Junior Curry Chef of the Year competition.

Each day, as well as watching renowned curry chefs at work you will have the chance to learn to cook a curry with a team of professionals at the new World Curry Festival Cooking School.

Zulfi Karim, founder of the festival, said: "The World Curry Festival was born out of a love of food, culture and community. The three day event attracts in the region of 30,000 visitors who come to experience the authentic tastes of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Caribbean, Malaysia, America and, not forgetting, Europe and the UK.

"Our fifth festival will be a truly memorable one. We've taken the best elements from previous festivals and combined them in a spectacular programme, which offers something for everyone.

"We'll be celebrating the wonders of curry with master chefs from around the world, through poetry and drama, and by involving young people in the Junior Curry Chef Competition."

Chefs appearing at the World Curry Festival this year include: Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi, from the Taj Group of Hotels, India; Norman Musa, an expert in Malaysia cuisine; Yorkshire rising star Stephanie Moon; consultant chef, Matthew Benson-Smith; Anita Jaisinghani from Texas, USA; Rahila Hussain, winner of Food Glorious Food; broadcaster and expert chef Hardeep Singh Kohli; popular television chef, Manju Malhi; Khushy Patel of the renowned Prashad restaurant; and Mohammed Aslam of the Aagrah Group.

The fifth World Curry Festival in the city also sees a new collaboration with Ilkley Literature Festival to present Poetry In The City, a programme of varied poetry events over the three days. Tickets are available online at ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk.

Entry to the World Curry Festival is free, but some events are ticketed, with more information on how to book available on the website worldcurryfestival.com.

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5:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

JAtkinson says...

Very much looking forward to this - as I do every year - but more so with the added spice of Poetry in the City. Will be excellent going to literary and culinary events, and stuffing my face in between!

There are some excellent events on in Bradford - would like even more quality, innovative and interesting stuff to get people coming into the city to enjoy themselves.
Very much looking forward to this - as I do every year - but more so with the added spice of Poetry in the City. Will be excellent going to literary and culinary events, and stuffing my face in between! There are some excellent events on in Bradford - would like even more quality, innovative and interesting stuff to get people coming into the city to enjoy themselves. JAtkinson
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1:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Healthy curry's !!

Now that is one good reason to stay out of Bradford this weekend, I'm sorry but I dont like the stuff, I agree bringing people and revenue into the city is good but because of "curry" !

It a sad time when only a few thousand people attend Armed forces weekend in the city centre, yet 30,000 are expected to attend a curry festival
Healthy curry's !! Now that is one good reason to stay out of Bradford this weekend, I'm sorry but I dont like the stuff, I agree bringing people and revenue into the city is good but because of "curry" ! It a sad time when only a few thousand people attend Armed forces weekend in the city centre, yet 30,000 are expected to attend a curry festival Bikerbeardy
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