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The continued spread of the popularity of curry was shown in the voting this year with votes for Chinese, Thai and even Japanese restaurants for the first time. Compiling the votes for the teams for Curry Capital of Britain supported by partners Sainsbury's, Amira Rice, Bhai Cider and Kingfisher has been a huge undertaking this year with thousands and thousands of votes from the beginning of April until the very close of voting at midnight on Friday, say organisers.

Many regard the Caribbean as the home of the carnival. It is also the home of rum. And there is no better spirit to enjoy the sunny season. The Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) Marque, developed by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers' Association (WIRSPA), has a few simple suggestions that will make you the most popular bartender during the holidays.

The search is now on for the best Deli in the Midlands 2015! The Shows are once again teaming up with the BBC Good Food Senior Food Editor, Barney Desmazery, to scour the region for the Midlands’ hidden gems and calling on Midlands locals to nominate their favourites. This year, for the first time, delis can be voted for on Twitter and Instagram, and the deli with the most votes will be automatically shortlisted and visited by the judges.

Chilli-lovers from across the city are being invited to take part in the annual chilli eating competition as part of this year’s Birmingham Chilli Festival at Brindleyplace. Now in its fifth year and free for everyone to attend, the Birmingham Chilli Festival sponsored by Dares – a resurrection craft beer from Davenports – will return on Saturday 19th September, taking place in Central Square at Brindleyplace, with the hotly anticipated chilli eating competition kicking off at 3pm.

The award winning Chef and restaurateur Jean-Christophe Novelli has joined forces with the Channel Island of Guernsey and will take part in the first Guernsey International Food Festival from the 18th – 27th September. Events are taking place daily throughout the festival but Jean-Christophe will be on the island on Saturday 26th September and Sunday 27th September taking part in several events which visitors can buy tickets to.

Having already collected numerous awards for their quality artisan cheeses, 2015 continues to be a successful year for Quicke's. Their traditional clothbound cheesemaking methods triumph again, with Quicke's Goats' Milk Cheese collecting two stars at the Great Taste Awards 2015. Quicke's Mature Cheddar and Extra Mature Cheddar were also each awarded stars.

Birmingham will be officially recognised as the home of the world-famous balti dish which will rank it alongside champagne, Parma Ham and the Cornish pasty in a new gourmet guide listing Europe’s best regional produces. The balti is due to be included in the EU Protected Food Name scheme, which highlights traditional foods, protecting them against being copied anywhere within the European Union, and such status will means that the Birmingham balti can be produced only in named parts of the world.

Luxury boutique hotel, Fishmore Hall in Shropshire, is giving budding chefs and food fanatics the opportunity to become a chef for the day with their 'Shop and Cook with the Chef' package. Venture off into the picturesque market town of Ludlow to explore the famed Ludlow Food Centre, independent delis and quirky artisan producers, before taking the reins in the kitchen to prepare an opulent evening meal.

British rainbow trout could disappear from the nation’s tables within a generation, Morrisons fishmongers are warning. Sales of the fish have been in decline for the last decade. They have dropped by nearly 10 per cent within the last five years. Should this trend continue the nation will have stopped eating the fish completely within 17 years.

A new survey commissioned by Tesco into Brits' cooking habits has found the humble Chinese stir fry is the most well-known dish people know how to cook from scratch, with 81% of people knowing how to cook one without having to resort to a recipe book. Spaghetti Bolognese came a close second with 80% knowing how to cook the Italian classic, while 77% of people can cook a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner unaided, bringing the British favourite home in third place.

The British cherry season is well and truly underway with a record breaking 4,500 tonnes of the sumptuous fruit predicted to be produced in 2015. And it seems that the younger generation of savvy farmers are tapping into this ever-growing industry. The stone fruit has enjoyed record-breaking sales and this summer is predicted to reach in excess of £32 million whilst demand continues to grow. In 2014 4,000 tonnes of cherries were produced, a 20 per cent increase from the previous year.

A bigger and permanent weekly market will return to Tottenham Green this summer boasting the best independent food and drink after the huge success of a six-week Haringey Council trial last year. The revamped Tottenham Green Market will run on Saturdays throughout the summer, with dozens of stalls offering everything from sumptuous street food to local produce and arts and crafts.

Handcrafted marshmallows and chocolate, gourmet risottos, artisan dressings and luxury cocktail sorbets are just some of the delicious new products waiting to be discovered at a unique 'pop up' marketplace. The creations are being retailed at London's Old Street Station as part of the first ever Artisan Springboard - a unique project from Kitchen Table Projects, which aims to launch the next generation of artisan producers.