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The Grand Dal Finale - Full Line Up Announced

9th March 2018

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In just under two weeks, the first British Dal Festival kicks off in Bristol with events to celebrate the magic of dal taking place across the city between 19th and 25th March.

The Festival will culminate in a Grand Dal Finale at Paintworks, Bristol on Sunday 25th March. Join us to celebrate and feast on dal of all kinds, with dal-icious vibes and music to reflect the diversity,versatility and deliciousness of dal and the pulses that make it.

Be inspired by dal experts, chefs and food writers including:
• Pioneering chef Romy Gill of Romy’s Kitchen will cook a classic tarka dal.
• Cookery teacher and author Jenny Chandler will demonstrate the versatility of dal through three simple dishes, each using British pulses;
• Founder of community organisation 91 Ways, Kalpna Woolf, will cook her mum's chana dal, a family favourite in Hindi households.
• Historian and author of the classic Dal Cookbook, Krishna Dutta will make massor dal;
• Food for a Happy Gut author and River Cottage teacher Naomi Devlin, will cook up quinoa flour chapatis, a hungry gap chutney and a fermented pickle.
• Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods in Monmouthshire will make a wild Bedouin soup - a delicious lentil, onion and garlic soup crammed with seasonal herbs.

Children will find plenty to entertain them with dal cookery workshops led by Jenny Chandler; the chance to make a ‘man-dal-a', representing the universe with pulses; botanical art sessions; pulses from Britain and around the world to see, feel and guess where they're grown; face painting and a play area.

The Festival will also crown Champion Dals and is inviting people to bring along their favourite dal dish to be judged by a team of experts and chefs. With categories for home cooks and professional cooks, the competition is open to dals of all kinds, from traditional dal to other soups or stews made with split or whole pulses. The dal will be judged on taste and presentation and winners announced on the day. Special commendations will be given to other entries of particular merit - e.g. from children or for using local ingredients.

Fabulous street food vendors will provide a feast of dal and other pulse dishes from diverse global cuisines, including child-sized portions. Vendors include Gopal’s Curry Shack with their signature buddha boxes of coconut, red lentil and chana dal, as well as Bombay Brrrrunch, Spice Box and Thali.

The bustling marketplace will introduce a diverse range of businesses including British grain and pulse pioneers Hodmedod, Easy Bean, Hugo’s Greengrocer, Reena’s Rasoi and Ivors Ice Cream.

EVENT DETAILS
The Grand Dal Finale
Sunday 25 March
Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH

Tickets are available to book in advance for two sessions - morning (9.30am to 1.30pm) and
afternoon (2.30pm to 6.30pm).

Advance tickets: £6.00.
Children under 16: Free
On the door (if available): £8 each (children free).
Full details and booking: https://britishdalfestival.com/dal-festival-events/grand-dal-finale
Chefs Demos
10am Liz Knight

Liz of Forage Fine Foods in Monmouthshire turns the often intimidating world of foraging into a pleasurable pursuit, and shows you how to get the best from it in the kitchen. She’ll be making a wild Bedouin soup - a delicious lentil, onion and garlic soup crammed with seasonal herbs.

11am Jenny Chandler
Bristol-based cook, writer and teacher, Jenny Chandler, will demonstrate the versatility of dal through three simple dishes, each with a choice of garnishes and using British pulses. Jenny is author of the superb Pulse cook and a former UN pulse ambassador.

12pm Kalpna Woolf
BBC Food & Farming Awards winner and founder of pioneering Bristol community organisation 91 Ways to Build a Global City, Kalpna will cook her mum's chana dal, a family favourite in Hindi households, tempered with roasted cumin seeds, health-giving turmeric and baby spinach.

3pm Romy Gill
Romy is one of the few female Indian chef-patrons in the UK at Romy’s Kitchen in Thornbury, Bristol. Romy has also been a judge on the Chef’s Table in the Celebrity Masterchef finals and a resident cook for The Guardian.

4pm Naomi Devlin
Teacher at River Cottage and author of Food for a Happy Gut English, Naomi will be cooking up quinoa flour chapatis, a hungry gap chutney and a fermented pickle.

5pm Krishna Dutta
Historian and author of the classic The Dal Cookbook, Krishna will be demonstrating massor dal for beginners, a great way to introduce dal to the uninitiated.

Champion Dal Competition 2018
The British Dal Festival will crown two Champion Dals from home cooks and professionals. This is your chance to show off your favourite dal dish whether it’s a traditional dal from the Indian subcontinent or any other soup or stew made with split or whole pulses. Special commendations will be given to other entries of particular merit - e.g. from children or for using local ingredients.

An expert panel of judges will judge each dish on its taste, aroma, texture, presentation and all-round dal-iciousness. Additional special commendations may be made for entries of high standard or special interest, such as the use of local ingredients.

To enter the competition, you will need to complete an application form via the Dal Festival website by midnight on Wednesday 21st March and bring your entry along to the Grand Dal Finale on Sunday 25 March at Paintworks, Bristol, BS4.

Winners for each category will be announced on the day and presented with a silver bowl
packed with British-grown pulses. Good luck!

Full rules and entry criteria are available on our website: https://britishdalfestival.com/champion-dal/

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