Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Diners are being urged to make Wolverhampton the Curry Capital of Britain for 2012. Wolverhampton came third last year on its first attempt and is aiming for Gold this year.

The four restaurants representing Wolverhampton have now been chosen and the race is on to encourage people to vote for their city. Bilash and Anise in the city centre, Cafe Rickshaw in Chapel Ash and Masala Club in Tettenhall– were selected by members of the public to form Wolverhampton’s entry, and now curry lovers are being asked to give their backing to the bid.

Residents can vote for the city by emailing votecity@fedrest.com  and putting ‘WOLVERHAMPTON’ in the subject box – but hurry as the closing date for voting is Thursday 22nd September 2011.

Voters by email stand a chance of winning a year’s supply of Cobra (12 cases) or a year’s supply of Patak’s products, (sauces, naan, poppadum, chutney and pickle) in the national competition or 8 bottles of Bank’s UCB Ultimate Curry Beer for one local voter.

Kim Gilmour, Operations Director, Wolverhampton City Centre Company who organises the entry said: “We have a great team to represent Wolverhampton and each restaurant will be rated by judges who will examine the standard of their food, service, hygiene, cleanliness and how they serve their communities.

“Another large part of the overall judging is the City Dossier explaining why the city should be named Britain’s Curry Capital and we are working on an innovative submission including our very own Curry Capital song. The competition is even tougher this year with 17 UK cities vying for the prestigious title in the competition, including past winners Bradford and current title holders Glasgow.”

Other cities competing include Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester.

She continued: “The competition is a bit of fun but it was originally set up 10 years ago to provide a showcase for cities in United Kingdom with large ethnic communities through the medium of food and drink. It would be great to hold the title during the year of the Olympics

The competition is being staged by the Federation of Specialist Restaurants in association with Mood Food magazine, and the winning city will be announced in November.

All restaurants involved are being invited to hold a special charity events in aid of The Curry Tree Charitable Fund during National Curry Week ((9th – 15th October 2011). which works to help poor and malnourished people around the world.

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