The Foodies Guide to Diwali 2015

Diwali is nearly upon us and the celebrations here in Leicester are going to be bigger than ever before. Since Extreme Housewifery is a blog obsessed with food, here’s my guide to the top Foodie events that will be taking place in the city over the next few weeks. Fat pants on everyone.

Belgrave Business Association presents: The Golden Mile Diwali Festival 
Sunday 1 – 15 November
Belgrave and Melton Road

Shops all along the Golden Mile will be taking part in a festival to showcase the very best that Leicester has to offer. Expect food tasters, fashion shows, prize draws and other events and activities taking place up and down the Mile.

Even if you don’t happen to catch a special event, you should definitely head down the Golden Mile to enjoy a foodie paradise. Bobby’s is one of the oldest and most well known, particularly for its awesome Indian sweet shop, but there is plenty of other places to choose from, like Khyber Restaurant and probably the best buffet restaurant Leicester has, Feast India. And of course, this year you can see it all from a bird’s eye view from the Wheel of Light!

@Leicester_Merc Big wheel’s here ready for Diwali!

— Annie Brookes (@beaverbrookes23) October 17, 2015

A Taste of India 
Wednesday 4 November
12noon – 2pm
Market Square

Britain’s best food market is adding to the celebrations by showing you how to make the perfect samosa and giving you the opportunity to have a go yourself. Not to be missed!

Kohinoor Radio 
Saturday 7 November
11.30am – 4pm
Humberstone Gate West

An afternoon of traditional Punjabi entertainment will fill the stage as Kohinoor Radio broadcasts live. Once you’ve had your fill of music and Bhangra, have a try of some traditional Punjabi food. Fabulous.

Diwali Mela Bazaar  
Sunday 8 November
11am – 5pm
Humberstone Gate West 

A feast of Indian shopping awaits, which will include a range of delicious cuisines from all across the Indian subcontinent. The spaces for catering stalls are completely sold out, so it promises to be a delight for the palate!

Healthy Diwali Family Day 
Sunday 8 November
12noon – 5pm
Peepul Enterprise

Diwali with a healthy twist from the former Peepul Centre – Learn how to cook healthy delicious food with a demonstration by Tamarind Catering’s Head Chef and DHAL project leader Gulshinder Chadda, just £3 a ticket. There are a wide range of other activites happening that day too, including a performance from the Peepul’s own ukelele group!

Govardhan: Celebrating the Mountain of Food 
Thursday 12 November
6pm – 10pm
Iskcon, 31 Granby Street

Now settled in their new home on Granby Street, (which is worth a look if you haven’t seen the interior of the building) Iskcon celebrate nature’s gift of food in the traditional manner, as it has been celebrated for 5000 years. The event is free and you can eat as much as you like.


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