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British Dal Festival to celebrate dal and pulses across the UK

11th February 2020

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The British Dal Festival returns for a third year from 21-31 March 2020, celebrating the magic of dal across the UK in association with Kohinoor. During the festival the nationwide Dal Trail will see over 300 eateries and retailers putting dal and other pulse dishes and ingredients centre stage, showing off the local flavours and traditions that cooks around the world bring to these versatile ingredients.

Restaurants, cafes and other eateries will highlight a signature dal or other pulse dish on their menu during the festival, providing hundreds of opportunities to try dal of all kinds. Retailers will promote recipes and ingredients for customers to cook up their own dal dishes at home.

On the evening of 27th March Bristol’s famous St Nick’s Night Market returns for a special dal themed edition. The evening will provide opportunities to feast and explore the magic of dal, with street food stalls offering a fabulous range of dals and pulse dishes, cookery demos from brilliant chefs, children’s activities, a market of dal ingredients and accompaniments, and more.

BBC Broadcaster, cook, author and singer Cerys Matthews describes the festival as:

“A timely celebration of the humble pulse: versatile, healthy, sustainable, cheap, delicious, and one of our best weapons in the fight against climate change”.

A much-loved dish, dal provides the starting point for a wider exploration of pulse dishes from cultures around the world and the benefits of pulses through four themes of flavour, nature, nurture and culture. The festival will demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and other pulses, while highlighting their positive impact on the environment, our health and nutrition.

Festival chair and Co-Founder of Hodmedod, Nick Saltmarsh says, on behalf of Pulses UK:
“Since 2018 the British Dal Festival has met with enormous enthusiasm, revealing a nationwide passion for dal and an insatiable curiosity for all that pulses can offer. We’re excited to be making a bigger splash than ever with this year’s Dal Trail and look forward to feasting at Bristol’s St Nick’s Night Market and across the country in celebration of the cultural richness, flavour, versatility and affordability of dal, and the many wider benefits of pulses.”

For further information please contact Lorna Knapman: 

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