NEWS : Scotland’s Indian Food Festival this weekend

This weekend “Scotland’s Indian Food Bazaar – A Culinary Journey” will be held at The Briggait in Glasgow city centre on Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 July (noon to 10 pm each day). 
There will be six stalls representing India’s main regions offering 36 different dishes. North, South, East, West, Mughlai (Persian) and Street Food. Drinks will include Indian and Scottish beers, gins, wines, ciders, whiskies, vodkas and soft drinks, and exclusive cocktails and mocktails. Indian musicians and dancers will entertain, and there will be activities for children. A market area will feature traders of spices, fruit, vegetables, Indian clothes and jewellery, and handcrafted goods.
You’ll also be able to pay for food and drink with a new currency – Scottish Rupees. You can exchange Sterling for ‘Scottish Rupee’ vouchers at an exchange rate of 100 Scottish Rupees = £1 and spend them at food and other stalls.
And for the first 10 people who arrive on two wheels on 14 and 15 July, you will be given a complimentary bottle of Kingfisher’s new Bombay Bicycle India Pale Ale (IPA). Anyone arriving by bicycle should telephone 07867-510451 to claim their free beer.
It will be the first time that Bombay Bicycle, designed to complement the spicy flavours of Indian cuisine, will have been available at any Scottish event. Launched in July and generally for sale only in restaurants, it was created with the help of celebrity London-based chef, author and TV personality Dipna Anand. 
Bombay Bicycle uses New World hops such as Cascade and Chinook to give citrus and tropical fruit notes to refresh the pallet, whilst its dry bitterness enhances spice and heat.
But that’s not all, there’s live music too. The sitar and flute player will be one of the star performers at the Indian Food Bazaar. Stevie, who moved recently from Glasgow’s Partick to Manchester after winning many bookings from the Asian community there, will be playing a mix of classic Indian ragas (a melodic framework for improvisation in Indian music) and fusion of Indian and Western styles and songs.

He studied in Varanasi (also known as Benares), the spiritual home of Indian classical music on the banks of the River Ganges. The first raga he learned was called Yaman, which is his stage name. Among celebrities for whom he has performed is the Dalai Lama. 

The largest Indian Food Festival will be held at the Grade A listed Briggait in Glasgow city centre was the city’s fish market for over 100 years.
 
Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking nearby at the St Enoch Centre. Food vouchers can be bought in advance via indianfoodbazaar.co.uk with entry into a draw to win a meal for two at Glasgow’s Dhabba or Dhakin restaurants.
Address : Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Townhead, Glasgow G1 5HZ.
Wesbite for details : www.indianfoodbazaar.co.uk
Admission is free
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