Now a cultural and gastronomic institution in its own right, Brick Lane Curry Festival is renowned as one of UK’s biggest and most exciting cross cultural street parties, regularly attracting over 60,000 visitors on its opening day. Established over seven years ago, the launch event on 27th September will take shape as a buzzing street festival of sumptuous cuisine and al fresco dining; eclectic music, dance and street art performances; stalls providing unique Bangladeshi snacks and sweets; and ushers in traditional Indian costumes, snake charmers and chanachur walas (traditional snack sellers) entertaining visitors. For the days following the lively street gastronomic extravaganza, restaurants along the entire length of Brick Lane will provide festive menus, special offers and live entertainment.
Ahead of the Launch event, Wednesday 23rd September will witness the Best Curry Competition, when the curry Chef of the Year: Banglatown ’09 will be selected by way of the biggest public curry cook-off Europe has ever seen! Chefs from Brick Lane will prepare and cook their dishes in an outdoor kitchen, to serve up for the media, food connoisseurs and passers-by. The winner will be selected by a panel of four judges, comprising a well-known celebrity, MP, high profile dignitary and a specially selected member of the public.
Brick Lane Curry Festival’s launch event will attract over 60,000 people, all wanting to soak up the atmosphere and flavours of this highly acclaimed global mix of food, music, history, art and culture. The entire length of Brick Lane and Osborn Sreet will be closed to create easy access for the crowds and add to the festival atmosphere. This will also make way for the al fresco dining opportunities that will be provided by the multitude of longstanding restaurants, which have added colour, flavour and character to one of London’s most infamous streets for years and transformed Brick Lane into a cultural and social hotspot for tourists and Londoners alike.
Comments Event Organiser, Amir Hussain, “After a one year hiatus, Brick Lane Curry Festival is back, even bigger and better than before. Brick Lane is a melting pot of social groups, cultures and sub cultures, who all congregate against the characteristic backdrop of the colourful and vibrant Bangladeshi restaurants.
“These restaurants have made a huge contribution to the UK economy and been largely responsible for bringing tourism and visitors from far and wide to the area. They have also transformed Brick Lane into one of UK’s most popular and vibrant destinations. The Brick Lane Curry Festival will give fans and newcomers to the area the chance to experience the full kaleidoscope of colours, flavour and atmosphere that the region has to offer.”
Brick Lane Curry Festival commences with the Launch Event on Sunday 27th September, running until Saturday 10th October. The Best Curry Competition will take place on Wednesday 23rd September.
To win the opportunity of joining the panel of judges for the Best Curry Competition, members of the public can simply log on to the official festival website: www.bricklanecurryfestival.com