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World Curry Festival spices up city centre
Spices and flavours from across the globe were tantalising tastebuds in Bradford as thousands visited one of the district’s main attractions at the weekend.
A range of events were taking place across the district including the World Curry Festival in Bradford city centre and the popular Otley Folk Festival, which came to a close last night after four days of traditional entertainment.
A host of food stalls offering curries, kebabs and a smattering of other delicacies attracted visitors from far and wide to their sites planted around the City Park mirror pool.
The crowds outside were kept amused by on-street entertainment, including the Fairly Fresh Fish Co, Comedy Chefs and Cake Ladies.
Meanwhile, demonstrations were held inside a pop-up curry theatre in the former Tulsi restaurant, from some of the curry world’s most well-known chefs.
On Saturday morning Kaushy Patel, the founder and executive chef at Prashad in Great Horton , which was named Gordon Ramsay’s best Indian restaurant in 2010, took part in a demonstration to showcase her skills and dishes at the venue. Organiser Zulfi Karim said he was delighted with how the event had gone.
He said: “It’s been amazing. Obviously this is the first time in Bradford – City Park is still relatively new and it was a good move.
“I think one of the highlights has been turning a unit which has been empty into a pop-up curry theatre. It’s become a place where people want to visit, with the backdrop of the City Hall and the lake.
“We have innovative chefs here. The theme has been community and bringing in new talent, so the chefs we have got on stage are people that are innovators of curry.
“This event is the Glastonbury of world food – it’s not just about food, it also about culture.”