We love food in Birmingham, the city is packed with food filled festivals and events. If you're in Birmingham or the region try one of these for starters... and mains... and desserts.
Midlands Whisky Festival, 29 March
The increasingly popular Midlands Whisky Festival will be making a triumphant return this year at Nickolls and Perks (recently shortlisted for the Spirits Retailer of the Year Award 2014). This amazing event attracts visitors from all over the UK, and is the largest Whisky festival in England outside of London! To make the event even more accessible there has been an improvement made in parking and access this year, with 500 new parking spaces.
Hotel Du Vin New Spain Wine Dinner, 4 April
Spain is in the midst of what amounts to a revolution in wine. Those who considered it an unchanging, traditional source for unexciting, traditional wines would be amazed by the dramatic rise in quality and the extraordinary explosion of wine styles that has taken place throughout the country in recent years. We’ll be sampling some of Spain’s very best wines from Penedes to Mallorca.
Join us for this engaging, fun and interactive gastronomic experience hosted by Nigel Wilkinson, Master Sommelier.
Just £79, inclusive of a five course dinner with canapés and seven wonderful wines.
No expertise required .... leave that to us.
For more information and booking enquires see here.
BBC Good Food Show Summer, 12-15 June
See your favourite TV programmes brought to life on stage including The Great British Bake Off, Saturday Kitchen and Master Chef. Celebrity chefs The Hairy Bikers, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and more will be live on stage demonstrating delicious summer recipes! Plus the chance to taste scrumptious speciality goods before you buy, this is a glorious day out you definitely want to add to your diary.
Discover more here.
West Midlands finest street artisans produce incredible food in front of their customers - by producing honest food that you can trust at affordable prices.
The Digbeth Dining club is back with some great events. See here to find out what tasty treats are on offer.
CBD Food Festival, 18-19 July, 11am-7pm, Victoria Square, Birmingham
The fourth annual CBD Food Festival is back in July and will showcase the superb food and drink offering in Birmingham’s business quarter, Colmore Business District. The festival will include live cookery demonstrations from top chefs in the District, live music and outdoor theatre.
Birmingham Chilli Festival, 19-20 September, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
The annual Birmingham Chilli Festival will be returning to Brindleyplace on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September and is set to be hotter than ever!
This free family event will feature a variety of stalls selling chilli-inspired food, along with live music and cookery demonstrations from Brindleyplace restaurants – not to mention some hot entertainment!
The most exciting hour of the Birmingham Chilli Festival, is the popular chilli eating competition, which will see 15 brave people compete against each other to see who can eat the hottest chilli.
Farmer's Markets and Food Fayres
Buying food in Birmingham is a real pleasure. Whether it’s from the 850-year old Bull Ring Open Market or one of our many farmers’ markets, Birmingham’s got more stall holders offering the best variety, value and banter than anywhere else.
Loaf Cookery School events
If you really want to get back to basics, then at Loaf Cookery School in South Birmingham you can rediscover the lost kitchen arts of bread making, home dairy skills, butchery, wild food foraging and much more. Various courses are available every month and take place in a homely setting, allowing you to easily replicate your new found culinary creativity in your own kitchen.
Pop-up Stirchley Brewhouse
The Loaf’s Friday pop-up cafe is back this year, serving both hot and cold lunches, coffee, teas and cakes. They will be open from 10am – 4pm on the dates below and with a new menu each date. Keep checking their website for the latest yummy updates.
• Friday 21st February
• Friday 14th March
• Friday 28th March
Birmingham Wine School events
Enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it? Birmingham Wine School - an independent wine education company based in the heart of the city, run wine tasting and wine courses. The courses focus on enjoying wine and learning more in a relaxed and informal setting, with friendly people.
Brum Yum Yum
The Street Food people and producers of the new KingshEATh streetfood market, Birmingham 'City of Streetfood' Festival, #BYYUNDERGROUND & #byytakeover Sole Streetfood Licensee to Birmingham City Council.
The idea behind Brum Yum Yum is simple: Restaurant quality dishes prepared and served with flair, at 'on-street' prices, in accessible urban locations. Diners are served from unique, vintage vehicles or commercial stands and entertained by street performers. The atmosphere is relaxed but the food is serious.
KingsEATh authentic streetfood market brings together 15 of the country’s hottest streetfood traders, live music and a craft ale bar to create a truly unique dining experience.
Streetfood is about real, honest food.
Most dishes are in the £3-6 range with lots of snacks and sharing plates on the menu. A selection of craft beer and wine will be served by the ‘Hare on the Square’ and if the weather disappoints, visitors can soak up the atmosphere from covered dining areas.
KingshEATh will be at the Village Square on the second Saturday of every month from 12noon until 6pm.
Birmingham City Centre Food Tour (group bookings only), Healthy Futures, Victoria Square
Ideal for school or community groups and visitors to the city the tour begins at Victoria Square, you then walk down to the Bullring markets (crowned the best outdoor market in the UK) via Selfridge's Food Hall. Then a short walk to China town where participants can sample dim-sum and visit a Chinese supermarket.
You will then head towards the Mailbox and along the canal to Brindleyplace. Both are home to a range of fantastic restaurants spanning a variety of cultures and cuisines and depending upon the itinerary cooking demonstrations may be included. Food tasters are offered along the way.
The tour also includes a stop off at the Cube so visitors take in the panoramic view of the city from the 24th floor.
£25.00 per person for a group of 10
10.30 -11.00 Walking tour of Bullring market – focus on African Caribbean, Mexican and Asian food
11.00 - 11.30 Walking tour of Chinese supermarkets and food tasters in China town
11.30 - 12.30 Dim sum cooking demonstration and food tasters
12.30 - 13.00 Walk along the canal
13.00 - 13.30 Italian food talk and food tasters or Thai cooking demo
For further information contact Shaleen on 07990660055 or
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