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London's newest food festival launches in Brick Lane

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The Brick Lane Food Festival, offering new menus featuring authentic Bangladeshi and Sylheti dishes, launched on Friday (3 December).

Eleven Banglatown restaurants are taking part, helped by Tower Hamlets Council as part of its efforts to support local businesses recover and bounce back from the pandemic.

The food festival runs throughout December and into the new year, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence.

For information on restaurants taking part in the festival and to see their new authentic menus go to www.bricklaneeats.co.uk – a microsite which has been sponsored by Tower Hamlets Council as part of its Welcome Back programme to support businesses after lockdown.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“This is a fantastic and inventive way to help bring people back to the iconic Brick Lane. Our hospitality businesses have had an especially hard time through the pandemic and we’ve been doing our best to help them, including setting up outdoor dining areas to provide extra safe space and investing in new shop fronts at Roman Road West.”

Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Work, Economic Growth and Faith, said:

“I am delighted to be at the launch of the Brick Lane Food Festival and taste some of the delicious dishes available on the authentic menus. Brick Lane is a hive of activity this month as the community celebrates the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence. 

“The council is continuing its investment in the area and work is ongoing to upgrade the Banglatown Arch and install the community mural.”

Guljar Khan, chairman of Bangla Town Restaurant Association, said:

“We are excited to host this festival in Brick Lane – the heart of the Bangladeshi community in the UK to help celebrate 50 years of Bangladesh independence. The curry houses, which are all owned by Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, will showcase our authentic Bangladeshi cuisine!

“Christmas is one of our busiest periods and we want to help our customers celebrate by sharing Bangladeshi hospitality with mouth-watering homestyle cooking, full of organic flavours, spice and aromas, only found in Bangladesh! 

“I guarantee an evening in Brick Lane during the festive season will provide our customers with an unique insight into Bangladeshi cuisine, heritage and lifestyle – all which we are very proud to be part of and celebrate 50 years of!”

Find out more at www.bricklaneeats.co.uk

Posted on Monday 6th December 2021