By Ninder Kaur
Now in its sixth year, the World Curry Festival came to the curry capital of Bradford last weekend. More than 20,000 people turned up at the new venue of Lister Park to experience the authentic tastes of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas over the two-day event.
Chefs from around travelled to Bradford to make this year’s event the biggest one yet.Joining the thousands of guests were The State Minister of Penang in Malaysia, Dato Abdul Malik Kasim, and renowned chef Noor Il Karim, who had travelled to Bradford to be part of the grand opening.
Zulfi Karim, Founder of the World Curry Festival, said: “The support the festival has received both from sponsors, chefs and visitors has just been fantastic. Our mission here at the World Curry Festival has always been to celebrate diversity and bring communities together through our common love of food. The synergy and coming together of people at this year’s festival, reminds us of the value of our purpose. On behalf of the organisers, sincere gratitude and thanks to all those who have supported the festival and our vision.”
Over the two day festival, Bradford’s award-winning Lister Park was transformed into a mini curry capital, including its very own curry theatre.
Attractions included a cooking school, featuring a number of chefs including Rahila Hussain, a previous winner of ITV’s Food Glorious Food, who was giving cookery lessons to the public. Malaysian chef Norman Musa also put on a fully booked cooking class where he taught budding chefs how to make the Malaysian seafood curry laksa.
Also joining them was Bradford’s very own Kaushy Patel of the award-winning restaurant Prashad. She prepared a number of authentic Guajarati dishes including Crabbie’s Sabzi and Paneer Makni.
Visitor of the festival Henna Haq of The Curry Counter Bradford said:” It was a great event to attending the World Curry Festival. It just goes to show how renowned Bradford is for being the curry capital of the country. Hopefully, next year we will be joining the great curry businesses.”
There was a number of street food stalls, including Thai, Malaysian and Punjabi where visitors could indulge in different curry cuisines. Here are just a few of the stallholders preparing food.