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The first British Dal Festival comes to Bristol in March 2018

The British Dal Festival - credit Jenny ChandlerPhotography by Jenny Chandler
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The British Dal Festival - credit Jenny Chandler
Photography by Jenny Chandler


There’s a food festival that’s a bit different coming to Bristol next year…The British Dal Festival will celebrate the magic of dal and similar pulse dishes from around the world from 19th to 25th March 2018.

The British Dal Festival is an initiative of the British Edible Pulse Association (BEPA)’s Pulse Promotion Group. The free event will take place across Bristol, and will include a Dal Trail around the city’s restaurants, who will serve signature dals of many varieties with a champion dal awarded at the end of the week.

Community organisation 91 Ways will work with diverse Bristol communities to source many different variations of dal and the history and food memories attached to them to celebrate their appeal and significance for a variety of countries and cultures. The project will result in an online library of dal recipes.

Food growing organisation Incredible Edible will work with local volunteers to plant lentils, peas and beans in Bristol’s St James Barton roundabout (The Bearpit).  Jenny Chandler, author of Pulse and United Nations European Pulse Ambassador in 2016, will create an educational pack for schools to be distributed nationally through organisations including FACE and LEAF.

Bristol Farmers’ Market will invite local chefs to demonstrate how to cook different dal dishes, and food producers, including Hodmedod, will sell pulses.

The finale will be an event at Paintworks on Sunday March 25th with street food, market stalls, children’s activities, a demonstration kitchen, and music to celebrate the diversity, versatility and deliciousness of pulses.

For more updates, visit The British Dal Festival’s website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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