Food Writers Day at The Farm

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The Farm is holding a Food Writers Day on 31st August  to meet some inspiring cookbook authors and chefs, so if you like Italian cuisine, chocolate, honey and vegan food read more here Continue reading “Food Writers Day at The Farm”

Table Talk – Friday 9 August

Waffles, burgers and craft ale are all on the menu in to today’s Table Talk.

Stickie Fingers

In need of a sweet fix? Then head to the Custard Factory in Digbeth where a new café Stickie Fingers  will  soon be serving  pancakes, crepes, smoothies and waffle pops on Gibb Street (next to Kanteen).

Brothers of Ale

Two brothers from Stourport will be launching their own taproom, Brothers of Ale next Saturday (17th). Alex and Seb Vale have spent recent months converting a 200-year old unit into a brewery and taproom on Baldwin Road.

Libertine Burger No.06

In my home town of Rugby we are looking forward to the opening of  Libertine Burger. Roll on October till we can get our hands on their stacked, mouth-watering burgers, loaded fries, hot sauces and thick milkshakes.

August events

AUGUST 2019

While we are soaking up the sunshine, we can be learning about Japanese cooking, tequila and rum or simply enjoying Summer puddings and streetfood. All the details for August are over on the Events page.

 

A trio of new openings

From Leamington to Stoke, here are a trio of new openings putting the West Midlands on the food and drink map.

Hayashi restaurant Leamington

Leamington now has a second bijoux Japanese restaurant. Located at 115 Warwick Street you’ll find sushi, katsu curry, donburi, yaki soba and ramen along with bento boxes on the menu at Hayashi.

Bru bar Stoke

Bru is the latest opening in Stoke. This bar serves a selection of 30 different gins, plus 30 beers and craft ales and is run by the same chap who owns Hotel Rudyard and Six Towns Brewery.

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And last but not least newest kid on the block in Birmingham is the Craft Dining Rooms. Housed in the ICC the 150 seat restaurant has a menu packed with British artisan producers featuring dishes like wild boar and black pudding sausage roll and traditional Brummie bacon cake, beef wellington with Wiltshire truffle and roasted sea trout with Isle of Wight tomatoes.

July is here!

July 2019

Beer of gin seems to be the decision to make in July, all we need now is the sunshine to enjoy Pub in The Park, a yoga brunch and a Purity Brewing dinner . All the details for July are over on the Events page.

Beer Central is on its way

I’m putting the finishing touches to part two of my food festival feature, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you news of a new beer festival coming to Brum. Continue reading “Beer Central is on its way”

Jump into June

June 2019

June starts with a Pudding Party and finishes with a Rum Festival. Let my blog will be your guide to eating and drinking at the best events this month. All the details are over on the Events page.

Food Festivals: part one

Food festivals in June & July 2019

Whether you like them led by celebrity chefs and packed with entertainment or small with opportunities to meet and learn from local specialist producers, there is no doubt that there is a feast of food festivals that take place here in the West Midlands. Starting from June, I’ve put together a roundup for you.

June

Shropshire Pub in the Park

Not to be confused with the Tom Kerridge event, Shropshire is introducing a new beer festival Shropshire Pub in the Park on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June with plenty of street food to soak up the extensive range of local brews.

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On Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th head to the Hereford Racecourse for a weekend filled with street food, a farmers market and gift hall at the Hereford Food Festival.

Foodies Festival Birmingham

Birmingham foodies will be heading to the huge Foodies Festival in Canon Hill Park. With celebrity chefs, a kids cookery school, vintage tea tent and cakes and desserts theatre there is plenty to see and eat over the three day show from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June.

Shrewsbury Food Festival map

Shrewsbury Food Festival is back for a 7th year from Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June with a whopping  200 food, drink and artisan craft stalls. There will also be two live music stages, cookery demo’s, hands on cookery classes, kids cookery and lots of opportunities to meet the makers and take part in masterclasses.

July

Pub in the Park

New for Warwickshire this year is Pub in the Park. Chef Tom Kerridge is bringing a mix of Michelin-starred chefs and live music to Warwick from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th Pop-up pubs and restaurants will be serving their award-winning food for festival-goers to feast on, including Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers, The Cross at Kenilworth and many more.

Shobdon Food and Flying Festival

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July you can sample over seventy of the very best food and drink producers from Herefordshire against the backdrop of a flying festival at the Shobdon Food Festival. Succulent local meats, breads, cheeses, ice-cream, confectionery, cakes award-winning local ciders, wines and ales brewed within just a few miles of the historic WW2 air field will all be on offer.

The Watering Hole gin and tonic

Lichfield will be keeping it simple with the three key ingredients of Cheese, Gin and Ale in this festival over the same weekend. Last year saw visitors tempted with over 160 different British gins, over 50 different British Ales and  over 50 different British cheeses

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Sponsored by local Windmill Hill Brewery, Queens Road will be lined with food and drink traders for the Nuneaton Food Festival on Sunday 14 July.

Kenilworth Food Festival

Kenilworth’s Food Festival is a celebration of the little market town’s restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as a vast array of food and drink producers on Sunday 21 July.

In part two of this food festival feature I will be looking ahead to August, September and October for more opportunities to taste the best food festivals in the West Midlands.

Blowing my own trumpet

I’ve checked and apparently it is not a mistake. I am one of the five finalists for Best Food Blogger of the Year in the Midlands Food and Drink Awards. Huzzah!

Midlands Gourmet Girl has been a passion of mine for almost eight years now. It has been a delight to discover new producers, champion independent restaurants, visit food festivals, watch culinary geniuses flourish and most of all share these experiences with my readers.

So if you have enjoyed reading my posts, I would be very appreciative of a vote. Takes a few seconds and who knows I may get to put on a posh frock and go to an awards do.

The voting closes on Thursday 30th May. Just go to the website www.mfdhawards.co.uk and click on the voting tab to vote for me. Thank you!