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SPECIAL REPORT: The London Halal Food Festival

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London Halal Food Festival

A true global celebration of the Halal food industry, over 90 vendors kept the taste buds going throughout the two days and along with an enormous Shisha lounge with live performances from the world of Sufi Music at the first London Halal Food Festival…reports Asian Lite News

London Halal Food Festival
London Halal Food Festival

Over 12’000 people attended the first London Halal Food Festival and enjoyed two days of food from all sectors of the Halal industry. Tobacco Dock hosted the only show of its kind in the UK which brought a diverse variety of cultural foods to London’s East End.

Up to 30 different cusines from 8 different countries could be explored at the festival including food from Japan, Argentina, Egypt and traditional Asian street food. A true global celebration of the Halal food industry, over 90 vendors kept the taste buds going throughout the two days andalong with an enormous Shisha lounge with live performances from the world of Sufi Music.

Food fans watched Shelina Permalloo (MasterChef winner) live in action at the  cookery theatre, along with Ali Imdad from the Great British Bake Off, plus of course the hilarious Halal Eat Off competitions which included eating as many Hot Dogs and Burgers as possible. Kid’s were also able to play and be kept occupied in the dedicated kids zone at the festival.

London Halal Food Festival
London Halal Food Festival

The festival not only gave Londoners and their familes of all backgrounds the opportunity to experience  the wonderful tastes of Halal food from around the globe, but also gave an opportunity for many businesses and companies to engage and access the fast growing Halal Economy here in the UK.

The London Halal Food Festival’s founder and MD, Waleed Jahangir commented: “I hope this will become a regular event in London’s festival calendar,  it is seen as not only a food show but as a event that people of all backgrounds can attend with their familes. I hope to be able to give people the chance to embark on a tantalizing Halal food journey from around the globe, provide a place where you can experience the world’s most delicious Halal Dishes, discover tasty sweet treats and refresh with mouth-watering mocktails, but most of all, something that every person can enjoy, no matter what your background is. We are all one big family and we all love food!”

 

With the Halal Economy currently worth an estimated $795 billion with this expected rise to $2.537 trillion in 2019 according to ‘Global Islamic Economy Report’ and over 80% restaurants in London now catering to the Halal market, the Halal Food Festival will both cater to this growing demand and diminish the misconception of ‘Halal’ that is often portrayed in media.

London Halal Food Festival
London Halal Food Festival