Dhansaks With Wolves – The City Hungry To Win Curry Capital 2013

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Christmas. It seems to come earlier every year. But you know what else comes earlier, and demonstrably so? The voting has barely closed on the Scottish Curry Awards 2013, and the coveted Curry Capital competition has already kicked off. The final announcement won't take place until October 20, a full seven days after the conclusion of National Curry Week (which runs October 7-13). But the starting gun – or, if you like, a warning shot – has already been fired by the reliably third-placed Wolverhampton, nipping at the heels of our own fair city of Glasgow, who – after hoisting the trophy for a record fourth time in 2010 – have reliably placed second, behind Bradford, ever since.

The 2013 competitive pool is bigger than ever, with London split into five separate regions competing against Birmingham, Leicester, Cardiff, Bradford, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh, GLASGOW!!!, Liverpool, Leeds, Wolverhampton, Northampton and newcomers Brighton and Oxford.

Though TATTGOC has never been officially involved with Glasgow's bid (giving our propaganda efforts "plausible deniability"), we've followed the competition in forensic detail since the big win in 2010. Here's how we've reported Glasgow's Curry Capital hallelujahs and the heartbreaks in the past, plus a reissue of our completely unofficial Curry Capital 2012 song supporting our favourite city: Glasgow, Baby.

Here are the important deets for 2013. As in years past, each city (or London region) will be represented by a team of four curryhouses, voted for by the public. That period of voting finishes August 2, with the teams being announced a week later on August 9. After that, it's voting for each city, which closes September 13. In a change from years past, the top three cities will be announced on the last day of National Curry Week, October 13. Representatives from those three cities will then be invited to London for the actual announcement and presentation of the trophy on October 20. If that all sounds like a lot to take in, don't worry – TATTGOC will keep you right.

Perhaps determined to secure their place in at least the top three, the Wolverhampton campaign got off to a swift start on April 30 with a special launch that included a screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with the mayor in attendance, plus traditional dancing and some delicious curry. (We enjoyed this report from the night.) TATTGOC reckons it's always a good idea to keep an eye on Wolverhampton as their bids have always been innovative – they were the first ones to come up with a Curry Capital song, for example. Their dedicated website has been updated and is ready to go. And they've already enlisted the support of local microbrewery Black Country Ales.

Needless to say, TATTGOC would love it if a local brewery teamed up with the Glasgow bid, ensuring a very special series of Tastin' With The Tramps posts ...

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