The London Falafel Festival was a huge sell-out success in the sunshine at London’s iconic Borough Market, a top European food market which has existed on the site for over  1,000 years. May 1st was a beautiful spring day where the good natured crowd of 500 participants enjoyed 4 very different takes on Falafel – from the traditional spiced chickpea falafel with fresh salads in pita bread,  to the bespoke “TRI-lafal”,  made from blending 3 pulses (Chickpeas, Blackeyed beans and Red Split Lentils) with 3 dipping sauces.

By the narrowest of margins (132.5 votes to 131), Egyptian Falafel master Moustafa Elrafaey of ZOOBA Cairo was voted the most popular recipe: Faba Bean Falafel with beetroot hibiscus tahini.  Londoners love Falafel, whether traditional or innovative recipes – a great way to celebrate U.N. International Year of Pulses 2016.

Learn more about the Falafel cooking challenge here.