Full details are announced of the first British Dal Festival - a week of events across the city of Bristol between 19th and 25th March.

The Festival will celebrate the magic of traditional dals of the Indian subcontinent alongside other pulse dishes from around the world, from the refried beans of Mexico and fava dips of Greece to Britain's pease pudding and mushy peas.

The Festival will promote the cultural richness, flavour, and affordability of dal as well as its contribution to health, nutrition and environmental sustainability. Dal is any split pulse (lentil, bean or pea) or pulse stew or soup. In particular the Festival will highlight pulses grown in the UK such as fava beans and split yellow and green peas, all perfect ingredients for dal.

The British Dal Festival will offer many opportunities to share, enjoy, grow and learn about dal:

  • Running throughout the week take a Dal Trail around 20+ of Bristol's restaurants and eateries including Thali Café, Gopal's Curry Shack, River Cottage Canteen and Harts Bakery.
  • Share stories and eat dal dishes from Bristol's many language communities at a lunch for women and children with community organisations 91 Ways and Refugee Women of Bristol on Tuesday 20th March.
  • Enjoy a free dal lunch and buy ingredients for dal at Bristol Farmers Market around St Nick's on Wednesday 21st March cooked up by The Thali Cafe and 91 Ways.
  • Come and grow dal by planting lentils, peas and bean in Bristol's Millennium Square with Incredible Edible.
  • See demos from top chefs and dal experts at our Grand Dal Finale - including Romy Gill, Jenny Chandler and Krishna Dutta. Enjoy street food, market stalls, and children's activities on Sunday 25 March.
  • Use our free to download Dal Lesson Plan to run a dal cooking workshop and cross-curricular lesson at your school.
  • Become a Dal Champion by entering your favourite dal dish in our dal championship! Details of all these activities are available on www.britishdalfestival.com where tickets can be booked for the Grand Dal Finale.

"Dal is not just an ingredient common to many international countries, but in many parts of the world it is a staple food which nourishes millions of people every day in daily meals, while also having a place at feast times. It is held with great respect as it is seen as the food that is accessible to all - rich or poor." Kalpna Woolf, 91 Ways The Festival is an initiative of the British Edible Pulses Association (BEPA) whose President Franek Smith says: "It's amazing to see the public's excitement about the British Dal Festival and their enthusiasm to listen, learn and eat dal and pulses together. We're grateful to all our members without whose support this event would be impossible."

John Hirst of Destination Bristol says: "Our residents and visitors to Bristol are constantly looking for new events and attractions and I am sure this will be another big success for food lovers. Bristol has a strong and improving growing reputation for food and drink and this event will enhance our position."

Follow British Dal Festival:


Bristol and South West: Caroline Peel - 07771 957225 - carolineannepeel@gmail.com
National: Polly Robinson - 07966 475915 - polly@pollyrobinson.co.uk