The British Dal Festival runs at a variety of venues throughout Bristol starting on 19th March and culminating on Sunday 25th March in a Grand Dal Finale.
Dal is a Hindu word meaning either a split pulse, such as lentil, bean, pea or other legume, or a soup or stew made with any type of pulse, whole or split. Whilst the various dal dishes are traditionally the fare of the Indian sub-continent, the festival also celebrates pulse dishes from around the world, including Mexico’s refried beans, the fava dips of Greece and Britain’s own pease pudding and mushy peas.
A number of events have been organised for the festival kicking off with a Dal Trail around the city. Many restaurants and eateries have agreed to take part, offering their own signature dal dishes up for tasting.
At Bristol’s Farmers Market on Wednesday 21st March there will be a free ‘Its Dal-icious’ lunch offered in association with The Thali Cafe and community organisation 91 Ways. Schools will be involved as well receiving educational packs prepared for them by Jenny Chandler, author of Pulse and the United Nations Pulse Ambassador for 2016.