Eight restaurants and street food vendors will compete at Wylam Brewery at Exhibition Park in Jesmond on the weekend of 4–5 November to see who can lay claim to the title of the region’s best curry.
The competition will see regional vendors offer £3 tasting plates that attendees can rank based on their purchases. The vendor with the highest number of sales will be declared winner.
The organisers behind two rounds of ‘Battle of the Burger’ in Newcastle and Leeds had a number of ideas for future food battles: there was the Kebattle (for shish and shawarma) and Thai-kwondo (for curries and pad Thai) but they settled on The Argie Bhaji – a curry battle between regional restaurants and street food vendors.
‘Everyone loves Indian food,’ explains co-organiser Danny Hughes, ‘and we’ve got such a good heritage of restaurants here.’
‘People become the critic at our events,’ says Hughes. ‘People love that kind of engagement and involvement.’
Bob Arora, director of Newcastle-based Indian restaurant Sachins, agrees. His restaurant has been in Newcastle for more than 34 years, and is one of a number of vibrant Indian restaurants around the region from which attendees can pick their favourite.
Already announced as participating in the competition are street food vendor On the Goa, Newcastle restaurants Sachins and Dabbawal, and Wylam Brewery, who will also be hosting the event.
Wylam Brewery, Exhibition Park
Newcastle NE2 4PZ
0191 650 0651