Celebrating All Curry Occasions

History

A look back in time showcasing just how far we've come

The very first National Curry Week took place in October 1998 and was founded by the late Peter Grove. Peter was a prominent journalist who had fallen in love with curry. His vision was to drive awareness and appreciation of the burgeoning Indian restaurant industry, whilst also raising funds for charity.

To this day National Curry Week honours this vision with its three core objectives:

  1. Honour the nation’s favourite cuisine
  2. Celebrate and support the Indian restaurant industry
  3. Raise money for poverty focussed charities

This year will be the 21st National Curry Week and we’re committed to making it bigger and better than ever!

National Curry Week began in 1998

The last twenty years have been a fantastic ride and we’ve had lots of fun from breaking world records to touring the nation with free curry served from a double decker bus!

2003

Double Decker Bus Tour

A bespoke double decker bus toured the UK to serve up free curry made by famous chefs such as Cyrus Todiwala to foodie fans.

Tour Bus
2005

Poppadum Dress

Fashion designer, Lisa Myers, created the world’s 1st dress made entirely from poppadums.

Poppadum Dress
2012

Poppadum Tower World Record

The world record for the tallest stack of poppadums was built by an Indian restaurant standing at 1.72m high!

Poppadum Tower World Record
2016

Curry capital of Britain

Bradford was crowned the winner of the Curry Capital of Britain competition for a record-breaking sixth time in a in a row.

Curry Capital
2017

Kate Ovens Challenge

YouTube sensation, Kate Ovens defeated The Chilli Pickle restaurant’s gigantic Pork Knuckle Vindaloo in under 15 minutes.

Kate Ovens

Anniversary

Celebrating National Curry Week’s 20th Anniversary

In 2018, National Curry Week ramped up the celebrations for its 20th anniversary with the help of headline sponsors, Kingfisher – India’s No.1 Beer! Below we showcase all of the major activity that took place.

OFFICIAL RECIPE BOOK

We teamed up with India’s No.1 Beer, Kingfisher to create the official National Curry Week recipe book, ‘From Bombay to Britain’; featuring signature dishes from some of the top Indian restaurants in the UK.

Recipe Book

LIMITED EDITION TOP TRUMPS

Creating the ultimate Battle of the Curry, we produced a pack of Limited Edition Top Trumps featuring 30 of the most-loved Indian dishes, sides and accompaniments.

Top trump

SUPERMARKET TRUCK TOUR

Collaborating with our Official Retail Partner, Booths Supermarkets, we toured 7 of their busiest stores in 7 days with the Kingfisher Beer Truck which sampled both Kingfisher Beer & Peacock Cider to shoppers.

Kingfisher Bus

Previous Partners

We’re proud to have had all of these brilliant brands as official partners of National Curry Week…

Walkers
Salubrious Sauce
Spice Tailor
Peacock Cider
Booths
Kingfisher Beer
Star Pubs and Bars

Ways to get involved

Previous Partners

Walkers
Salubrious Sauce
Spice Tailor
Peacock Cider
Booths
Kingfisher Beer
Star Pubs and Bars
BCA
Foodism
Just Eat
Tilda Rice
Urban Rajah