Mouth-watering mixture of food, music and art at Food Festival

It’s knives and forks at the ready as one of the Midlands’ biggest Food Festivals is just a month away.

With more than 30 food stalls, cookery demonstrations and live performances this year’s Colmore Food Festival in Birmingham city centre will be serving a mouth-watering mixture of cuisine, music, paintings and theatre.

Some of the city’s leading restaurants, bars and hotels will be offering an array of delicious dishes and drinks at the sixth annual Festival, which takes place in Victoria Square on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July.

Java Lounge Coffee House, Philpotts, Jake’s Coffee Box and The Royal Angus Hotel will be making their debut Food Festival appearances alongside Colmore Business District favourites Nosh & Quaff, Opus, Metro, Hotel du Vin and Purecraft Bar & Kitchen.

Michelin-starred Purnell’s, owned by Glynn Purnell, who recently hosted an edition of TV’s Saturday Kitchen, will also have a stall serving delicious treats.

The Festival prides itself on its taster dishes at no more than £4 each, allowing visitors to try multiple culinary delights without feeling too naughty.

Attracting more than 30,000 visitors, the Festival is hosted by Colmore BID (Business Improvement District) to give the district’s businesses an opportunity to showcase what they have to offer.

Taste palates and art palettes will be catered for this year with a special exhibition from Colmore Row-based Reuben Colley Fine Art.
This year’s event is sponsored by The Opus Family, which will have an ‘Opus Garden’ in the heart of the Festival area.

There are also two live stages: One is the kitchen demo stage, where chefs from BID venues can show off their talents and flair with food showcases and workshops.

The second stage plays host to bands and musicians from in and around Birmingham, creating a truly local event. There will be musicians playing covers, original music, rock, pop, blues and jazz, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Michele Wilby, Executive Director, Colmore BID, said:

“We’re lucky to work with some fantastic partners, University College Birmingham and Midland Metro.

“UCB have great relationships with the venues in the district and supply students for placements in kitchens, bars and bakeries in the area, while Midland Metro will offer discounted travel to and from the Festival on the tram.

“Join us on 8th & 9th July between 11am -7pm to sample an array of mouth-watering cuisine and coffees, craft beers, cocktails and champagne.

“There’s loads of seating, you’ll be well looked after… what more could you ask for?”

Participating food and drink venues:

  • All Bar One
  • Asha’s Restaurant
  • Bar Opus
  • Centenary Lounge
  • Chung Ying Central
  • Edmunds Brewhouse
  • Ginger’s Bar
  • Hindley’s Bakery
  • Hotel du Vin
  • Java Lounge Coffee House
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • JoJolapa
  • Metro Bar & Grill
  • Nosh & Quaff
  • Old Joint Stock
  • Opus at Cornwall St.
  • Philpotts
  • Purecraft Bar & Kitchen
  • Purnell’s Restaurant
  • The Bureau Bar & Kitchen
  • The Edwardian Tea Rooms
  • The Old Contemptibles
  • The Square Peg
  • The Wellington
  • Starbucks
  • Urban Coffee Company
  • The Royal Angus
  • Jake’s Coffee Box
  • Reuben Colley Fine Art
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