Mike Downey is 2018’s Curry King!

FEB 10, 2018 - SOPHIE

A night of spice and a variety of tastes was had on Friday as the Cofis went head to head for the Best Caernarfon Curry 2018 title for the third time. On Friday, the 9th of February, 10 competitors took their curries over to Feed my Lambs where they were served by the Gŵyl Fwyd Caernarfon Food Festival group’s waiters to their peckish co-Cofis! Nine tables of 8 were set out in the full hall; all tables overflowing with beer and wine and with everyone eagerly waiting to taste and score all curries.

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As the competitors arrived with their curries, each was numbered from 1 to 10, whilst keeping the names of the chefs anonymous. Ifan was busy in the kitchen (once again!) cooking perfect rice and ensuring the curries were all at a safe temperature to eat, whilst Ann was busy ensuring the place was clean and maintaining our high recycling standards! The group placed the curries on the tables in three rounds, four curries to start, and then two rounds of three – with basmati rice and chapati bread to accompany. The standard was extremely high once again this year, with the best variation we’d ever had amongst the curries; including pork, chicken, beef, lamb, prawns and three vegetarian options!

“This was the first time I had attended the event and I thoroughly enjoyed – the food was tasty and the atmosphere social and welcoming.  The work that the team had put into preparing and hosting the evening was obvious to see and I look forward to the next!” – Einir Beuno

The guests were the competition judges (naturally!); each curry was given a mark out of 10 and at the end each table was asked to calculate their averages per curry. The averages were combined to find the total score for each curry, before Marged our presenter announced the results. In third place was Jayne Marshall with her Beef Rendang; in second place was Hywel Iorwerth with his Pork Vindaloo; and victorious as this year’s best curry chef of Caernarfon was Mike Downey with his Cyri Coch Cymreig (Welsh Red Curry)! Big congratulations to all three!

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“I’ve tasted many curries on my journeys along the A470 from Cardiff up north following rugby games, and I hoped to try and combine my favourite ones to make the Cyri Coch Cymreig! I’m going home a happy man tonight!” – Mike Downey.

A fun-filled night was had with all leaving satisfied and full of compliments. It was a great opportunity for people that wouldn’t have necessarily sat and ate together usually to do so, with the curries serving as an easy conversation starter!

And to top it all, we managed to raise another £780 towards Gŵyl Fwyd Caernarfon Food Festival 2018 – a successful night in every aspect!

We’d like to extend a special thanks to – Feed my Lambs for the great facilities; Penningtons for the food tins and plastic glasses; Morrissons for contributing rice and bread; Galeri for lending their lighting equipment; Geraint Lovgreen for the sound system and music and Marged Rhys for presenting the evening!

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“It was a pleasure to be a part of the evening and to taste the 10 curries – all of them lovely! The standard raises each year and it’s nice to see new faces competing and attending.” – Marged Rhys

But most of all, we’d like to thank all competitors for contributing their time and curries, to you attendees for coming along to support and enjoy, and to Ifan and the team for ensuring the evening’s succes

s! The next events to raise funds are our Gala Dinner on the 8th March with Hywel Griffiths and Coleg Menai and our Soup and Song evening with Gwilym Bowen Rhys and Iestyn Tyne on the 17th March (following the Wales v France six nations rugby game!).

Tickets are available at Palas Print – please come along to support!

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