British Dal Festival comes to Bristol from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th March 2018Posted on: 14 Mar 2018
Keep your finger on the pulse - quite literally - when the British Dal Festival hits the city from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th March 2018.
Celebrating the wonders of those dried, split pulses (namely lentils, peas and beans) from around the world, the festival will give you ample opportunity to plunge yourself into all the myriad joys, tastes and versatility they can yield.
Photo courtesy Global Pulses Confederation
Special activities taking place throughout the festival will include a Dal Trail which will circumnavigate about 20 of Bristol's finest eateries including Gopal's Curry Shack, Harts Bakery, River Cottage Canteen and Thali Cafe, and a free dal lunch (and who said there's no such thing as a free one?) at Bristol's Farmers Market.
There will also be plenty of market stalls, delicious street food, and demos from experts and chefs (Jenny Chandler, Romy Gill and Claire Thompson, to name but three) at the festival Grand Dal Finale on 25th March. The little 'uns will also be well catered for with a range of activities to keep them occupied and interested.
On Tuesday 20th March there will be the chance to eat dal cuisine and share stories with many of Bristol's diverse language communities at a special lunch for women and children organised by community organisations Refugee Women of Bristol and 91 Ways.
And if all that wasn't enough to keep you fully enlightened and entertained on all things dal-related, you can participate in an Incredible Edible event at Millennium Square where you can plant your own lentils, peas and beans; and be in with a chance of becoming the reigning Dal Champion by entering your favourite dal dish into the dal championship.
Schools are also being encouraged to take part with a free download Dal Lesson Plan where a dal cooking workshop can be incorporated into the standard lesson plan and curriculum.
Sounds dal-icious. For a full run-down of the programme and headily, erm, pulse-ating combo of events and activities happening during The British Dal Festival, head here.
The British Dal Festival is being held at various venues around Bristol, some of our favourites to go to are listed below!
Folk House Cafe - Red lentil and tomato dal, served with yoghurt, fresh coriander and rice
The Mint Room - Nava Rathna Dal
Sholay Indian Kitchen - Himalayan Kali Dal
Spike Island Café - Roast squash, red lentil & coconut dal with basmati rice
Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe - Tadka Dal
Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg. He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels. You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.