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.


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.

The Hereford Food Festival trader

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.


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

Windmill Hill Brewing Co.jpg

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 and click on the voting tab to vote for me. Thank you!

Table Talk – Friday 3 May

Teetotallers should look away now, as this week’s table Talk is dedicated to rum, gin and ale.

Nelsons Distillery rum

Staffordshire-based Nelson’s Distillery & School have branched out from gin to offer two new rum blends. Nelson’s Signature Blend Rum and Nelson’s Roasted Pineapple Rum are blends of three individual rums from Barbados, The Dominican Republic and Jamaica. It is then aged in oak barrels for three years to give it a distinct aroma, before natural flavourings such as the pineapple are added. Prices start at £40 per 70cl bottle which can be purchased online at their shop.

Ale Rooms Kenilworth

Kenilworth has a new bar. The Ale Rooms has opened in Smalley Place and offers cask-conditioned ale from several local breweries and a huge selection of gins (50 at the last count). The bar is split over two floors and has an outside seating area too.

Dhillons Brewery

Coventry Food & Drink Festival has introduced a new Ale Trail for next weekend. Just book your ticket and arrive at Twisted Barrel Brewery in FarGo Village to collect your exclusive 1/3 pint Coventry Ale Trail glass. Your ticket and glass entitle you to a free 1/3 pint at The Phoenix, Draper’s Bar & Kitchen, Castle Grounds, The Golden Cross, Town Wall Tavern, Gatehouse, Old Windmill and Dhillon’s Brewery.


Table Talk – Sunday 7 April

The Chocolate Quarter Birmingham

Kempes and Maninder, the husband and wife founders of Birmingham’s chocolatier The Chocolate Quarter are on a mission. Having already provided chocolate experiences for children within their shop, they know how much kids enjoy and benefit from these sessions so they would like to start running lessons just for them.  First they need to purchase some vital equipment though, so they have set up a crowd funding page. Their goal is to raise £2,000 so hop over to their page if you would like to find out more and help.

The Farm

It took two years to develop and now The Farm , just outside of Stratford upon Avon, opened  its doors yesterday (Saturday 6 April) Two local families have lovingly restored the former fruit fields in Snitterfield into a food lovers destination . The Farm Shop is filled with delicious locally sourced produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, a host of  onsite artisa’s and collaborators, a sustainable and zero-waste station, butchery, fresh fish counter and dine wholefood restaurant and pizzeria Nourish.

On the menu in April

April 2019

No Table Talk this week folks as its Events time!

This month my top picks range from the frommage fabulousness of CheeseFest and secret supper in  the Jewellery Quarter, to an Italian cookery lesson and  heritage themed afternoon tea to enjoy in April. All the details you need are over on the Events page.

Table Talk – coming soon

It is all about the anticipation in this week’s Table Talk, with a new pub beer festival for Worcester, bagels for Birmingham and afternoon tea for Compton Verney that are all coming soon.

Worcester Pub Beer Festival 2019

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March the first Worcester Pub Beer Festival  will be held. This new event for the town will feature twelve of Worcester’s finest pubs, over 120 different beers, some amazing ciders and perrys and, of course, fantastic food and entertainment. All of the featured pubs and bars are just a short walk from Foregate Street train station with more details on their Facebook page.

The Steamhouse bagels

The freshly baked bagels and to die for cakes have been a hit in Leamington for the past three years and now  The Steamhouse is getting ready to open a new coffee shop in Birmingham. Expect to pay around a fiver for classic smoked salmon and cream cheese filling or the funky peanut butter, banana and bacon version when their new premises open later this month on Temple Row.

Compton Verney afternoon tea

Afternoon tea will soon be served at Compton Verney on Wednesdays to Fridays. From 3 April mini bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, a handmade sausage roll, egg mayonnaise sandwiches, a peanut butter and chocolate slice, mini macaroon, scone with clotted cream and jam, plus a coconut and raspberry smoothie are on the menu at 2pm and 3pm.

Table Talk – Thursday 14 March

Very exciting news for the 2021 City of Culture – Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell is to open a new restaurant in Coventry!

Glynn Purnell

Set in the coach house adjoining Coventry Charterhouse, Glynn’s new eaterie will serve both a la carte and tasting menus in a ground floor restaurant and first floor bar. Restoration work on the historic building begins in the summer.

Coventry Beer Festival Whats on Live

Still in the city, the countdown has begun for the Coventry Beer Festival which takes place this weekend (Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March). There will be more than 75 beers, ciders, perries and country wines on offer for those who attend the CAMRA organised festival at the Butts Park Arena from noon to 11pm.

Cellar Club and The Meat Room Leamington Courier

Over in Leamington, the Cellar Club bar on the Parade has collaborated with another local business – The Meat Room – to create a new snack for diners. The Cellar Sausage is packed with pork, mozzerella, spinach and Cajun spices. Photo credit: Leamington Courier