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.
Drink it Pink, Selfridges, 24 April
The Selfridges wine shop will be holding a Drink it Pink tasting event on Thursday 24 April from 7 - 8.30, hosted by a number of suppliers showcasing their spring/summer products. Customers will have the opportunity to taste a variety of pink champagnes, rose wines and spirits from various suppliers including Grey Goose pink cocktail, Bollinger Rose, Innocent Bystander Moscato, Hendricks Gin cocktail, Koko Kanu cocktail, Kwai Feh Margarita with Patron Silver and more whilst learning about the products.
Tickets are £15, of which £10 is redeemable against purchase on the evening. Please speak to a member of staff for more details or call the wineshop on 0121 600 6934
Birmingham Caribbean Festival 5–7 June
‘Hours of Food, Music and Fun Caribbean Style’
Victoria and Chamberlain Squares in Birmingham City Centre will be a hive of activity, vibrant colours and gastronomic delights in June, as thousands gather from across the country to experience a “Taste of the Caribbean”.
The festival will treat thousands of visitors to great food, taste-tingling rum punch and fresh tropical fruits and juices. Audiences will be thrilled by an exciting programme of live entertainment, featuring local artists and top billing stars including Murray Man, Tenna Starr, Claire Angel and Peter Spence.
Steel pans, drumming and zumba style Caribbean workshops offers energy and music, while painting and photographic exhibitions and exotic cooking demonstrations will stimulate the full creative palate. Visitors will also be able to explore the islands’ rich history and culture through the spoken word.
Young chef superstars of the future will offer the chance to taste mouth watering recipes from Soul Kitchen, the acclaimed Caribbean Cooking Competition that involves schools from across Birmingham.
A mention of the Caribbean usually conjures up images of white soft sandy beaches and pristine waters. What we will bring you at the Birmingham Caribbean festival 2014 are Jamaican Jerk, Bajan Rum Punch, Trinidad & Tobago steel pans, reggae music, arts and crafts and an explosion of colours and exuberance.
There will be food, friendliness and frivolity at the Birmingham Caribbean Festival 2014. Entry is free, and sunshine ordered.
For more information contact www.birminghamcaribbeanfestival.co.uk
Birmingham raises a glass to the city’s first wine festival, 13-14 June 2014
Birmingham’s first weekend wine festival launches with a wealth of wine exhibitors from around the globe attracted to the city.
The Birmingham Wine Festival takes place at The Hyatt Regency, on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June 2014.
Over 300 bottlings of wine, champagne, sparkling and fortified wines will be on taste. With master-classes and food matching taking place across the two days.
The event is expected to attract nearly 2,000 wine lovers from around the country. They will have the chance to taste of a large selection of wines including new and rare varieties, some of which have not been seen in the city before.
A series of educational master-classes will be available including ‘Beginners Guide to Wine’ hosted by local wine expert Ian Harvey, ‘Cheese and Wine Matching’ with one of the UK’s only cheese affineurs and ‘Champagne Tasting’.
Birmingham’s top wine retailers Loki and Connolly’s are both on board with the festival and will be exhibiting at the event along with Harvey Nichols.
Early bird tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-wine-festival-tickets-11020214759
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 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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