Free South Asian feast at Salvation Army

The annual event takes place at the Centre of Hope in Abbotsford on May 3.

  • Apr. 25, 2014 3:00 p.m.
(From left) Simrat Deol

(From left) Simrat Deol

An Abbotsford woman will hold her annual free South Asian feast on Saturday, May 3 in recognition of the Sikh celebration Vaisakhi.

Gurdip Dhaliwal will hold the luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope at 34081 Gladys Ave., and it will take place until the food runs out.

Dhaliwal first began serving the feast – free to anyone in the community – on New Year’s Day in 2007.

But a drop in attendance at the 2012 luncheon prompted Dhaliwal to reconsider the timing last year, and she moved the event to April, when Vaisakhi takes place.

She cooks and serves the entire meal – including samosas, curried chick peas, vegetables and rice pudding – with the help of family and friends.