Next week sees the first celebration of the standard and diversity of international cuisines available to the dining public in Britain.
The inaugural International Dining Week runs from April 18 – 24. The initiative focuses on dining in as well as dining out for the almost 200 different cuisines available in the UK.
Organiser Peter Grove said: “The purpose of the week is to get people to move out of their food comfort zone and perhaps try one or two dishes or cuisines that have not so far encountered.
“The world of international cuisine in the UK is exciting. The scope and quality of cuisines are amazing and there are fantastic foods to find and great experiences to be had.”
He said Indian cuisine marginally remains the British favourite for dining out, just ahead of Chinese. But the popularity of Thai and Japanese food continues to grow.
Each day of International Dining Week focuses on different cuisines: on Monday April 19 it’s the turn of Spanish/Mexican, followed by Caribbean/Cajun (Tuesday April 20), Thai/Malaysian (Wednesday April 21), Japanese/Vietnamese/Korean (Thursday April 22):, Chinese (Friday April 23) and Italian (Saturday April 24).
Restaurants, pubs and clubs are being encouraged to celebrate the week in their own way or take part in special events such as quiz nights to raise donations for charitable causes.
The event is being launched by the same team that has run National Curry Week for the past 18 years. The 19th National Curry Week takes place from October 18-24 and is supported by Asda, Bhai Cider and Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer.