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British Dal Festival

March 19, 2018 - March 25, 2018

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Celebrate the magic of dal at the first British Dal Festival cross the city of Bristol between 19th and 25th March.
The Festival will celebrate the magic of traditional dals of the Indian subcontinent alongside other pulse dishes from around the world, from the refried beans of Mexico and fava dips of Greece to Britain’s pease pudding and mushy peas. 
The Festival will promote the cultural richness, flavour, and affordability of dal as well as its contribution to health, nutrition and environmental sustainability.  Dal is any split pulse (lentil, bean or pea) or pulse stew or soup. In particular the Festival will highlight pulses grown in the UK such as fava beans and split yellow and green peas, all perfect ingredients for dal.
The British Dal Festival will offer many opportunities to share, enjoy, grow and learn about dal:
  • Running throughout the week take a Dal Trail around 20+ of Bristol’s restaurants and eateries including Thali Café, Gopal’s Curry Shack, River Cottage Canteen and Harts Bakery.
  • Share stories and eat dal dishes from Bristol’s many language communities at a lunch for women and children with community organisations 91 Ways and Refugee Women of Bristol on Tuesday 20th March
  • Enjoy a free dal lunch and buy ingredients for dal at Bristol Farmers Market around St Nick’s on Wednesday 21st March cooked up by The Thali Cafe and 91 Ways
  • Come and grow dal by planting lentils, peas and bean in Bristol’s Millennium Square with Incredible Edible
  • See demos from top chefs and dal experts at our Grand Dal Finale – including Romy Gill, Jenny Chandler and Krishna Dutta. Enjoy street food, market stalls, and children’s activities on Sunday 25 March.
  • Use our free to download Dal Lesson Plan to run a dal cooking workshop and cross-curricular lesson at your school.
  • Become a Dal Champion by entering your favourite dal dish in our dal championship!
Details of all these activities are available on www.britishdalfestival.com where tickets can be booked for the Grand Dal Finale.
“Dal is not just an ingredient common to many international countries, but in many parts of the world it is a staple food which nourishes millions of people every day in daily meals, while also having a place at feast times. It is held with great respect as it is seen as the food that is accessible to all – rich or poor.” Kalpna Woolf, 91 Ways
The Festival is an initiative of the British Edible Pulses Association (BEPA) whose President Franek Smith says: “It’s amazing to see the public’s excitement about the British Dal Festival and their enthusiasm to listen, learn and eat dal and pulses together. We’re grateful to all our members without whose support this event would be  impossible. “
John Hirst of Destination Bristol says: “Our residents and visitors to Bristol are constantly looking for new events and attractions and I sure this will be another big success for food lovers. Bristol has a strong and improving growing reputation for food and drink and this event will enhance our position.”
Bristol Dal Trail
19- 25 March across Bristol
Throughout the week of the British Dal Festival eateries around Bristol will be serving a signature dal or sister pulse dish, creating a Dal Trail for the people of Bristol and visitors to experience bean, pea and lentil dishes from a variety of cultures and cuisines. 
Dal Trail Eateries signed up for the Dal Trail include Thali, Bocabar, Windmill Hill City Farm, Cauldron, Pasta Loco, Pear Café, The Gallimaufry, Gopal’s Curry Shack, River Cottage Canteen, Box E, Harts Bakery, Nutmeg, B Block, Poco, Birch, Spike Island Café, Folk House Café, Kookootoo, Watershed.
Please book directly with the cafes and restaurants taking part in the dal trail – full details available soon on our Dal Trail page
91 Ways celebrates the Magic of Dal
Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 – 2.30
Malcolm X Community Centre,141 City Road Bristol
91 Ways is proud to be partnering with friends at Refugee Women of Bristol to talk about, share stories and eat dal dishes from many language communities who live in Bristol. On Tuesday 20th March, we will cook heritage dishes from some of the women who live in Bristol – Somali, Eritreian, Iranian, Syrian and Sudanese and we will share recipes, share cultural stories and learn about the nutritional and economic value of dal.
Open to all women & children.
Booking via Facebook Events: here > The ambition of 91 Ways to Build a Global City is to build a healthier, happier, more united city by bringing together all of Bristol’s 91 languages communities using the power of food.
It’s Dal-icious Lunch – Bristol Farmers’ & Producers’ Market
Wednesday 21 March 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Bristol Farmers & Producers Market, Corn Street Bristol
Who said there was no such thing as a free lunch? The Thali Cafe and 91 Ways will be cooking up a vast vat of dal for your enjoyment at one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country. There’ll be the opportunity to buy fresh produce and pulses too, from award-winning pulse pioneers Hodmedod.
FREE market entry and dal – first come first served
Growing Dal with Incredible Edible
Thursday 22 March – 12.00 – 2.00 PM
Millenium Square, Canon Way, Bristol
Food growing organisation Incredible Edible will be planting lentils, peas and beans with local volunteers in Bristol’s Millennium Square on Thursday 22nd March.
Through the 2018 season Incredible Edible will be growing dal on many of their sites across the city.
The Grand Dal Finale
Sunday 25 March, 9:30 – 6:30 PM
Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol
The British Dal Festival will culminate in the Grand Dal Finale at Paintworks in Bristol on Sunday March 25th. Expect global pulse-based street food, market stalls, children’s activities, food demos and dal wisdom from top chefs and experts  – including Romy Gill, Jenny Chandler, Kalpna Woolf, Krishna Dutta and Claire Thomson. There’ll be dal-icious vibes and music to celebrate the diversity, versatility and deliciousness of pulses.
Tickets will be available for morning (9.30am to 1.30pm) and afternoon (2.30pm to 6.30pm) sessions at £6 each (free for children under 16)

About the British Edible Pulses Association’s (BEPA)
The Festival is an initiative of British Edible Pulses Association’s (BEPA).

BEPA is the trade association representing the processors and users of British-produced pulse (mainly combining peas and field beans) crops. BEPA’s key objectives are to liaise with UK government and other national and international associations, & encourage the consumption of home-produced pulses by promoting their value as healthy, high-protein and high-fibre foods, and to liaise with crop scientists and plant breeders.The BEPA Pulse Promotion Group’s aim is to continue the work done in 2016 during the UN Year of the Pulse to promote pulses and their benefits to the public.


March 19, 2018
March 25, 2018
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British Edible Pulses Association