South Asian feast served at Salvation Army

The annual event, held by Gurdip Dhaliwal of Abbotsford, has been moved from New Year's Day.

Gurdip Dhaliwal (front left) and Nirmaljeet Sekhon served an Indian New Year's Day lunch in 2012 at the Salvation Army's Centre of Hope.

Gurdip Dhaliwal (front left) and Nirmaljeet Sekhon served an Indian New Year's Day lunch in 2012 at the Salvation Army's Centre of Hope.

An Abbotsford woman who has held a traditional South Asian feast for the community every New Year’s Day has moved the date of the event.

Gurdip Dhaliwal will now hold the luncheon on Saturday, April 27 to coincide with Vaisakhi, a Sikh celebration held every April.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope at 34081 Gladys Ave. and will take place until the food runs out.

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

But a drop in attendance at the 2012 luncheon prompted Dhaliwal to reconsider the timing this year.

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