This is my favourite blog post to write, where we can look ahead at some of the great food and drink events that are coming up.
Gin fans should brace themselves for the Gin Festival where more than 100 different gins will be showcased including the new and exclusive Tarquins “Single Estate Tea” Gin.
Wine buffs can enjoy the launch of the first Wine Club by Bar Opus or an Australian wine and gourmet evening hosted by wine expert, Rachel Barnett. Real ale lovers can mix craft beer with history on the Tolkien Tour with the Jewellery Quarter’s Two Towers brewers.
Birmingham is hosting two very special events in September.
Live music, beer buckets, food quizzes, fire pits, retro gaming and street art will provide the backdrop to the British Street Food Awards, hosted by the Digbeth Dining Club. After four regional heats the public gets to vote for the winner. Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone and The Telegraph’s food writer Xanthe Clay will decide the judges’ favourites live on Sunday.
At the Curry & Comedy dinner broadcaster, comedian and chef Hardeep Singh Kohli is teaming up with Itihaas’ head chef, Updesh Shrivastava, to create a bespoke menu for 200 guests in the Botanical Gardens.
Give the diet a miss on Thursday 29 September for the first Pudding Club at The High Field, where guests will tuck into six desserts – including a Valrhona chocolate and peanut butter brownie with Jude’s vanilla ice cream.
Please check the venues’ websites for ticket details and availability and let me know me if you are going to any of these fab events.