Film and curry combine to celebrate Bradford’s culinary heritage

Bradford’s Picturehouse cinema has partnered with the inaugural Bradford Curry Awards to stage a Film and Curry Month.

From March 17 to April 17, cinemagoers will be able to use their tickets from Picturehouse at National Science and Media Museum to get a 10% discount when dining at participating curry restaurants Jinnah, Prashad, My Lahore, Akbhar’s and Shimla Spice.

The awards have been launched to promote pride in Bradford and profile the industry’s rich heritage and Picturehouse was keen to get on board, having worked with awards Director Fatima Patel on previous projects.

Roxy van der Post, Marketing Manager and Access Champion at Picturehouse Bradford, said: “We were delighted to be invited to partner with the Bradford Curry Awards, having worked with Fatima in the past on various hugely successful Q&A screenings and our India On Film season.

“Film, food, and drinks go hand in hand at Picturehouse. We try to encourage cinema-goers to step out of their comfort zone and experience something new, from outstanding local beers to award-winning local film productions. The Bradford Curry Awards share this sense of curiosity and passion for local businesses and we’re excited to discover the hidden gems of our city’s curry industry together”.

Director of Bradford Curry Awards Fatima Patel said: “As a board member for Bradford’s UNESCO City of Film, I’m as passionate about film as I am about cooking and curry. Both curry and film are at the heart of Bradford’s culture, so it felt natural to bring the two together as part of this major celebration of everything that’s great about our city.”

The awards will give recognition to the district’s best restaurants, which are dedicated to serving up the finest cuisine.

Since the launch in February, more than 1,000 nominations have been received and there’s now just one week left for curry lovers to vote for their favourite eatery with the closing date at midnight on Sunday March 18.

The final winners will be revealed during a prestigious awards ceremony at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel, in Rooley Lane, Bradford, on Tuesday April 17. It will feature an entertaining evening of music, inspirational speakers, comedy and, of course, great food. Food fans from across the community are invited to join the celebrations and network with business leaders, politicians, and above all the crème de la crème of Bradford’s curry industry. Charity Partners are Wakefield based Penny Appeal.

To nominate go to http://bradfordcurryawards.co.uk/index.php/nominate/

To get tickets for the gala dinner go to: http://bradfordcurryawards.co.uk/index.php/tickets/

Photo caption: L-R Bollywood icon Ranveer Singh, Bradford Curry Awards Director Fatima Patel, and Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film David Wilson, during a NSMM Q&A session for the Bollywood film Befikre.