@BhamFoodFest 13-19 July

A week of gastronomic delights are about to be unleashed on Birmingham as the Food Fest hits the city ready to tantalise your taste buds with a host of culinary delights. There is a huge list of events taking place from pop-up cafes, wine tasting to foodie tours taking in brands established in the city.

The CBD Festival is back with over 20 venues serving taster options priced from as little as £1.50 to £5 in Birmingham’s Victoria Square.  Visitors will be invited to sample mouth-watering internationally inspired cuisine as well as traditional British options.

Over at Brindleyplace the area will be hotting up with their annual Chilli Festival. A wide range of stalls will offer chilli-related produce and food to eat on the day from across the globe. Expect live cooking and cocktail demonstrations from the restaurants around Brindleyplace, street entertainment and live music as part of the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Here’s a list of the events and there is further info over at www.birminghamfoodfest.com

12 July
Culinary Crossroads Dinner, 7pm
Opus Restaurant, 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DE
£65 per person all inclusive
Come enjoy a taste of one of Chicago’s rising stars at Opus! Opus’s Culinary Crossroads event is a re-match of chef David Colcombe’s visit to Chicago last month where David joined chef Dirk Flanigan at his Henri and The Gage restaurants on the Magnificent Mile, as part of the Délice ‘Great cities of the World’ programme. Dirk is now visiting Opus to join David for a special 5 course dinner with wines on the eve of the Food Festival.

12 – 19 July
Special festival menu: Sweet Native 1lb whole lobster with fries or a summer salad
Opus Restaurant, 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DE
£15 inclusive
Delicious summer treat for lunch and dinner at Opus In late summer, fishermen along the east coast of Britain catch lobster chicks – lobsters around 4 to 5 years old weighing 1lb each. They are especially tender and slightly sweet in taste. We are taking advantage of this summer treat, buying them daily from the ice cold waters off Scotland (when weather permits), and east of England when the waters are too hazardous up north.
13 July – 14 July

CBD Food Festival 2012, 11am-7pm
Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3
Free (taster dishes from £1.50 – £5)
The CBD Food Festival is back for a second year with even more participants. The event will showcase the excellent food and drink offering in Birmingham’s business quarter, Colmore Business District (CBD) with stalls from over 20 venues, many of who are independent businesses. Visitors can sample mouth-watering internationally inspired cuisine as well as traditional British options. There will be a programme of live cooking demonstrations from top chefs in CBD, including Glynn Purnell (Purnell’s), David Colcombe (Opus restaurant), Sudha Saha (Saffron), Guneet Singh Bindra (Asha’s Restaurant) and Ganesh Shrestha (Jojolapa). Live music will be provided by the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival and fantastic outdoor theatre by Birmingham Hippodrome.

13 July – 14 July
Birmingham Chilli Festival, 11am-7pm
Brindleyplace, Brunswick Street, Birmingham, B1
Brindleyplace supported by Broad Street BID will be bringing all things hot and spicy to the city with the second annual Birmingham Chilli Festival. The festival returns as part of Food Fest and is guaranteed to get temperatures rising with a wide range of stalls offering chilli-related produce and food to eat on the day from across the globe. The popular festival will also feature live cooking and cocktail demonstrations from the restaurants around Brindleyplace, street entertainment, tempestuous tango performances, and live music as part of the Festival. The much anticipated chilli eating competition is the festival finale and will see contestants battle it out to be crowned the 2012 Chilli Conqueror and win a hot prize!

13 July – 15 July
Edible Eastside Pop-Up Cafe, 12-5pm
Rear of 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5RS
The freshest food in the city can be found at Edible Eastside Café, Birmingham’s first ‘urban garden’, where they serve their own fruit, vegetables and salads grown in their own pop-up garden, which is based by the picturesque canal at Warwick Bar. The café also serves wild food foraged from alongside the canals of Birmingham. Visit the garden and enjoy lunch by the canal.

13 July
Food and Wine matching workshop, 7-9pm
The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY
A fascinating introduction to food and wine matching, led by Birmingham Wine School. Learn why certain foods work well with certain wines in this practical hands on evening, tasting a selection of foods to match (or not!) with a selection of wines. Find out what affect acidity, tannin, sweetness in wines have on food. This is an excellent fun, very practical introduction to appreciating the wonderful world of food and wine. Have you heard of Umami? This is a savory taste that is not widely understood, but tonight all will be revealed, really enhancing your appreciation of wine with food.

13 July
Fish & Chip Friday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Chamberlains Quality Fish & Chips, 8 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, B68 0LH
Join Chamberlains for Fish & chip Friday (available 12noon-9,30pm in the restaurant only). Choose Cod or Haddock with chips, choice of side order, bread & butter and a choice of a pot of tea or cup of coffee.

13 July & 14 July
The Red Lemons, live band from 11pm, restaurant & bars open from 6pm
The Jam House, 3-5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, B3 1QU
A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B. Support is provided boogie woogie style by our resident piano & drums duo. The Jam House is offering 20.12% of its menu in celebration of Birmingham Food Fest and the Olympic year.

 14 July
Warwick Bar Fete, 12-5pm
Rear of 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Edible Eastside, Ikon Gallery’s Slow Boat and Grand Union Studios are hosting a day of events, games, art projects and food stalls to celebrate one year of cultural activity and work at Warwick Bar. Food stalls with artisan food producers and Edible Eastside Wild Picnic, serving a  selection of foraged food, are amongst the many food events during the day.

14 July
Edible Eastside Bread-making, 1pm
Rear of 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Free but pre-booking is required
Ever wanted to eat home baked wood-fired bread hot from the oven? On July 14, as part of Birmingham Food Fest, Edible Eastside is firing up its earth oven and making hot delicious bread for its picnic by the canal. Come along at 1pm and watch the baker at work. Loaves can be purchased following the demonstration.

14 July
Edible Eastside Family Forage Walk, 3pm
Rear of 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
£5 per person or £15 for a family ticket
Edible Eastside’s well-established foraging walk will again be a feature of this year’s Food Fest. This walk will be a family event with children welcome. Search for wild foods alongside Digbeth’s canals and find out what you can eat and the history and folklore attached to our native weeds.

 14 July & 15 July
City of 1000 Tastes Walking Tour by Midlands Discovery Tours
Meet between Council House & Town Hall Victoria Square
Adult ticket £8, child ticket £5
With such a rich cultural mix it is no surprise that Birmingham could be referred to as “The City of 1000 Tastes”. Our 90-minute walk will follow a culinary trail, discovering the origins of great Birmingham brands: Cadbury’s, Typhoo Tea, HP Sauce and Bird’s Custard. We will also find more about Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter, the Balti Triangle, the 3 Michelin Star restaurants in the city and the numerous award winning restaurants and food producers that have made Birmingham their home. As the walk will be taking place during the Birmingham Food Fest, we will visit both the Colmore Food Fest and the Chilli Festival in Brindley Place.

14 July
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, 4.30pm-6.00pm
The Club & Spa, The Cube, Birmingham, B1
Free healthy food and drink tasters provided by the Lounge at the Club and Spa plus a  healthy eating workshop led by registered nutritionist and director of Healthy Futures, Shaleen Meelu. During the workshop participants will learn how to achieve a balanced diet for overall health and wellbeing.

14-15 July
Let the Games Begin Weekend, 10am-4pm
Cadbury World, Linden Rd, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2LU
Daily ticket prices
Visit Cadbury World on 14th and 15th July and combine a whole world of chocolatey fun with a variety of games led activities with the chance to win a chocolate gold medal!  Sports activities will include sugar sack races, egg and spoon races and a space-hopper bounce-along.

14-15  July
Special festival menu from VMF Restaurant Food Fest
Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE
£14.95 for 2 courses of £19.95 for 3 courses (Friday and Saturday)£19.95 for 3 courses on Sundays

15 July
Children’s Cupcake Decorating Experience, 10.30am-11.30am
Del Villaggio Bullring, Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham B5 4BU
£5 per child
A creative family experience to enjoy cupcake decorating with your children, Del Villaggio will provide all the equipment and ingredients for children to be taught how to top two cupcakes using two different piping techniques. Using lots of sprinkles and sweets to decorate their cupcakes, they can take home their designed cupcakes at the end of the session.

17 July
Introduction to Wine course, 7pm – 9pm
Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY
Want to know more about wine? This evening, led by Birmingham Wine School, will guide you through how to choose better wine, and will start you on your journey of wine discovery. If you know what you like but want to understand why – then this evening is for you. Taste six wines from around the world, and pick up pointers that will enhance your appreciation of wine. You will learn how to taste wine like a professional and look at all the major wine regions in a lighthearted and interesting way.

17 July
Tenner Tuesday, 12.00pm-9.00pm
Chamberlains Quality Fish & Chips
Join Chamberlains Quality Fish & Chips for Tenner Tuesday. Choose  any two main courses from the menu and pay just £10.

17 July
Kevin Figes and the Four Sided Triangle, live music from 8.30pm, doors open 6pm
The Jam House, 3-5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, B3 1QU
Kevin Figes leads this new quartet – Four Sided Triangle – with Mike Outram on guitar, Dan Moore from Phantom Limb on keys and Daisy Palmer from Goldfrapp on drums. The Jam House is offering 20.12% of its menu in celebration of Birmingham Food Fest and the Olympic year.

19 July
Kitchen Food School Discovery Day, 1-4pm
Marketing Birmingham Conference Room, Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2ND
Free, but booking essential
Birmingham’s newest food venture is currently being developed and will be ready to open in 2013. Kitchen is a brand new school of food and cookery –dubbed ‘the place for food lovers’, it will be at the heart of the new food quarter in Harborne which will see the former Clock Tower transformed into a culinary hub by Edg Property and designed by k4 architects. The school is a not-for profit organisation that will have sustainable, ethical and healthy eating at its heart.

19 July
The SUBS, Live music at 9.30, followed by The Subs after 10pm
3-5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, B3 1QU
A great chance to see one of our most popular of weekend bands play not only some of their rock anthem set, but a few of their own material! The Jam House is offering 20.12% of its menu in celebration of Birmingham Food Fest and the Olympic year.

19 July
Mellow Peaches performing and a Peachy Special Offer
mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, B12
mac birmingham presents Mellow Peaches, purveyors of rootsy stomps and gutsy grooves. The unassuming Peaches have long immersed themselves into traditional, organic and freshly sourced American blues and roots, mixing it up with their own gumbo of exotic flavours to create a wholesome dish that aids digestion. Feed your soul and your stomach with our peachy special meal deal: a Classic Bellini & Burger for only £10.00.

20 July
Gastro Card Charity Event, from 1pm
Cucina Rustica, 24 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham, B3 1DX
Join Cucina Rustica for some fabulous Italian food, raise money for charity and enjoy a lovely afternoon with friends or colleagues. Cucina Rustica is a beautiful Italian restaurant set in the heart of Birmingham offering the very best in Italian cuisine. This is a chance for you to experience an explosion of flavour, whilst relaxing with friends or business colleagues over lunch including accompanying wines for a special price of £39.50.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s