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London's Curry Mile celebrates a taste of the East

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 05 October 2010

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AFTER a year s sabbatical, Brick Lane Curry Festival returns tomorrow (Sunday) to pay homage to the nation s favourite dish. The two-week festival will be a hearty celebration of exotic food, culture and the full flavours of the East, running until Saturd

AFTER a year's sabbatical, Brick Lane Curry Festival returns tomorrow (Sunday) to pay homage to the nation's favourite dish.

The two-week festival will be a hearty celebration of exotic food, culture and the full flavours of the East, running until Saturday, October 10.

The Chef of the Year, Banglatown 09 was due to be selected at yesterday's (Wednesday) outdoor curry cook off as chefs from Brick Lane's Bangladeshi restaurants served up for the media, food connoisseurs and passers-by.

Festival organiser Amir Hussain said: "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 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."

Now a cultural and gastronomic institution in its own right, Brick Lane Curry Festival is renowned as one of UK's biggest cross cultural street parties, regularly attracting more than 60,000 visitors on its opening day since it started seven years ago.

The two-week festival will see al fresco dining, eclectic music, dance and street art performances, stalls providing Bangladeshi snacks and sweets as well as ushers in traditional Indian costumes, snake charmers and traditional snack sellers chanachur walas entertaining visitors.

The entire length of Brick Lane and Osborn Street will be closed to create easy access for the crowds and add to the festival atmosphere.


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