Street party to celebrate Curry Capital 2012

Join in the celebrations to mark the official launch of Curry Capital 2012 and get ready for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with an al fresco party in Brick Lane.

Brick Lane will come alive on Friday, July 20 with an event to celebrate the Olympic Games and the borough’s recognition as Curry Capital 2012.

The lane will be transformed into a dynamic street festival with live entertainment, culinary demonstrations in the Curry Games and family activities on offer.

Tower Hamlets Council is hosting the free extravaganza to promote Curry Capital 2012, which is part of a wider agreement between LOCOG and the council, aimed at maximising the benefits from the staging of the Games.

Dubbed Curry Capital 2012 and characterised by the colourful curry houses which line the street, Brick Lane is the place to sample the delights of the cuisine which the area is famed for.

Activities on the day will include a world record attempt to build the tallest poppadom tower with the festivities kicking off at 4pm with a hotly contested curry cook off.

Chefs from local restaurants will go head to head to produce their best dish judged by an expert panel of culinary experts.

Visitors to the event will be able to sample some of the delicious kormas, baltis and vindaloos as they enjoy face painting and live music

The event will continue into the evening with musical performances by DJ Sancho Panza  and a live link up to the Tower of London to watch the Olympic torch arrive at its first London venue as it spends its first night in the capital.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “I am delighted to be hosting this event to mark the Olympic Games and our pivotal role as one of the host boroughs.

“Like all of Tower Hamlets, Brick Lane is a vibrant area and in many ways its history embodies the Olympic spirit; triumphing over adversity, welcoming new cultures and providing first class entertainment.

“It’s an area that deserves to be showcased to the world, and I hope the many visitors heading to Tower Hamlets will enjoy it in its full glory.”

The party starts at 4pm until 9pm.

July 17, 2012