The best curry restaurants in Leicester and the county are up for consideration for six prestigious awards and we’re edging closer to finding out who the five finalists will be in each category.

We can now reveal that this year’s shortlist will be announced on Friday 9 March from 10am – 12 midday. The event will once again take place at BBC Radio Leicester with the announcement being made live on radio adding to the overall excitement.

The awards will consist of six categories including Restaurant of the Year, Best Vegetarian Restaurant, Best Takeaway, Best Pub Restaurant, Best New Restaurant and Best Fine Dining Restaurant.

Picture Credit: Pukaar News

Picture Credit: Pukaar News

Nominees will be invited to attend the awards shortlist event along with sponsors, Cobra Beer, Glynis Wright & Co, Bond Adams Solicitors, RB Infinity Investments, SFB Group and Anand and Daewoo International.

Guests will be treated to welcome drinks, canapes and there will also be some entertainment, sure to liven up the event at the second annual event. There will also be a chance to meet and greet our charity partners who will also be in attendance; Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project (LAMP).

After the announcement is made, a panel of mystery judges will set out to visit and eat at all of the shortlisted restaurants, thereby keeping the judging process equal and fair so the final decision will solely be in their hands.

The winners will be announced at a dazzling black-tie evening gala on Sunday 22 April at city venue, Athena where guests will be treated to a welcome drinks reception, a delectable three-course Indian meal and show-stopping entertainment and performances.

You still have plenty of time to nominate your favourite Indian curry restaurant or takeaway. Simply head to the nomination page here. Don’t delay, make sure your nomination is counted.

The deadline closes on Wednesday 28 February 2018.