Colmore Food Festival

The annual Colmore Food Festival is back each July showcasing the superb food and drink offering in Birmingham’s business quarter, Colmore Business District (CBD).



The Colmore Food Festival has become a must-visit event, so it’s great news that the Festival will be returning to Victoria Square in the city centre for the eighth time on Friday 6 July and Saturday 7 July.


The event is still absolutely free to attend and, once you’re at the Festival, you won’t pay more than £4 for taster plates of food.

But this annual celebration of Colmore Business District’s restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, attracts more than 30,000 visitors, isn’t just about the food. As usual we’ll have fine wines, champagne, cocktails, craft beers and artisan coffees and cakes. We’ve got 36 exhibitors from this popular area of the city, so there’s something to suit everyone.

This year’s Festival will once again feature the culinary skills of Glynn Purnell, who has won numerous awards and national accolades for his contemporary fine dining with an eclectic twist. The Michelin-starred chef and TV show host will help officially launch Colmore Food Festival 2018, before hosting a variety of cookery demonstrations on the Kitchen Stage with special guests, including butchers and fishmongers from the indoor markets.

Glynn owns two restaurants in Colmore Business District: Purnell’s and Purnell’s Bistro, both of which will be showcased at the Festival.

Glynn said:

“Colmore Food Festival is always, without fail, a fantastic event. Everything gets bigger and better every year – the food, the music and the ambience. This year will be no exception as more fantastic food and drink outlets continue to move into the District.
“I can’t wait to demonstrate at this year’s event, and of course Purnell’s and Purnell’s Bistro and Ginger’s Bar will both be represented in the stalls. Hopefully I’ll get chance to use my sun cream again this year!”

The Festival will also feature taster dishes and drinks prepared by Business District favourites Opus, The Old Joint Stock, Gusto, Gaucho, Primitivo and Hotel du Vin among many others.

Joining us for the first time this year will be Pinchos, Coffee #1 and Hookway’s, as well as Sabai Sabai, Loki Wines and Adam’s Restaurant.

There will be a full programme of entertainment including street theatre and live demos on the kitchen stage. Friday afternoon will see Glynn taking over the demo stage, working with professionals from the Birmingham Indoor Markets including a butcher, a fishmonger and shell fishmonger. We’ll also be joined on stage by Adam Stokes, from the award winning restaurant, Adam’s.

We’ve also got some of the best live music from Birmingham artists and young musicians taking part in the Music for Youth Festival, a festival that gives young people who create and enjoy original music a chance to perform on stage at this year’s Music for Youth Festival, and on our stage.

Make sure 6 and 7 July are in the diary!

For a taster, here's our blog from a past Colmore Food Festival 


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