A celebration of Italian cuisine in Britain marked the end of International Dining Week, which highlighted the diversity of cuisine styles available in the UK.
The inaugural International Dining Week (April 18 – 24) grew out of National Curry Week, which is organised by the same team. Press spokesperson Colleen Grove said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the response to the new event, which suggests an annual repeat for some years to come.”
Social media was a big factor in the event’s success with a Twitter page and a Facebook link that tested fans’ knowledge with an online quiz. People from all over the world joined in via the website, including customers at Rohall’s Corner, a restaurant and bar in Buffalo NY, who celebrated ‘Casserole Day’ with a casserole competition, won by a spicy tomato tamale casserole.
“One of the activities during the Week,” said Colleen, “was to get people to name their favourite dish and nominate a dish they think others should try at least once in their lifetime. We will be collating these suggestions into a ‘list of 50 foods you should try before you die’, which will be published just before the next International Dining Week next April.”
So far dishes include abalone, chitlins and Moreton Bay bugs. If you want to add your dishes to this list, log on to http://internationaldiningweek.com/.
The 19th National Curry Week will take place from October 18-24 supported by Asda, Bhai Cider and Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer.