From farmers’ markets where you can stock up on produce, street food events and food festivals to deliciously themed dinners and wine tastings, you will find a host of food and drink events taking place in the West Midlands. Here are my top picks on what is happening.
Friday 5 July 6 – 11pm
Saturday 6 July 11.30am – 4.30pm and 6 – 11pm
191 Digbeth, Birmingham
Tickets from £45 (for all of your drinks)
The festival will celebrate both local and international breweries. Festival goers will get the chance to explore and taste in the festival’s huge selection of beers, enjoying unlimited 100ml pours of 100+ beers and food from a selection of Birmingham’s top restaurants and chefs including street food giants Original Patty Men and Baked in Brick.
Friday 5 July
Summer Gin Dinner with Hussingtree Gin
Bank House Hotel, Spa and Golf Club, Bransford, Worcester
7 – 10pm
Hussingtree Gin produce distinctive, flavoursome distilled gin inspired by the wonderful array of ingredients and flavours of the county of Worcestershire. This evening includes a gin cocktail and canapès on arrival, a gin talk from the Hussingtree team, a tasting of the complete Hussingtree Gin range with complementing tonics and garnishes, followed by a two course dinner.
Friday 5th – Sunday 7 July
Pub in the Park
St Nicholas Park, Warwick
6 -10.30pm and 11.30am – 4.30pm
£30 child / £45 adult
New for Warwickshire this year chef Tom Kerridge is bringing a mix of Michelin-starred chefs and live music to Warwick. Tom Odell, Razorlight, The Christians, Scouting for Girls, Will Young and more are on the main stage. 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, The Churchill Arms, Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano and many more. Expect bars serving every tipple from cocktails to cold ones, cooking demonstrations from the Nation’s top chefs and lots of shopping.
Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th July
Cheese, Gin and Ale Festival
9am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday
Lichfield will be keeping it simple with the three key ingredients of in this weekend festival. With over 100 traders there will be delivering a weekend of tempting gins, spirits, wines and ales, tours, product sampling, street food, live music and enjoyment for the visitors to Lichfield.
Sunday 7th July
Shakespeare Distillery Summer Gin Festival
Billesley Manor Hotel,
Noon to 5pm
An afternoon in the topiary garden with a selection of local gin distilleries which include Puddingstone Distillery, Wood Brothers, Sovereign Spirits, British Polo Gin and Loxley Distilling, all supported by Fever-Tree. Tickets include a souvenir Shakespeare Distillery balloon glass, a gin menu detailing all the brands and cocktails on offer, plus a welcome Stratford gin and tonic. Further drinks are purchased using a token system on the day.
Saturday 13 July
Hilltop Farm, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa
9.30am – noon
The Serenity Barn and Hilltop Farm have teamed up for a series of outdoor yoga classes throughout the summer overlooking scenic countryside views, followed by a delicious brunch in the café including green smoothies, a meat or veggie option breakfast plus teas and coffees.
Friday 19 July
Purity Brewing Dinner
RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Waterside, Stratford upon Avon
7.30pm arrival drinks 8pm dinner
Based on a working farm in the heart of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, Purity is committed to brewing beer with a conscience. In this four course dinner dinners can enjoy rooftop views over Stratford as they enjoy dishes paired with Pure Helles, Pure UBU and Longhorn IPA.
Monday 22 July
The Birmingham Beer Debate
The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham
7.15 – 9.15pm
Hear from the UK’s best beer experts and ask them questions. It doesn’t matter if you are new to beer or you are a beer expert, this will be a fun and entertaining event. Panelists include Pete Brown the award winning author, beer writer, broadcaster; Marverine Cole the award-winning journalist, broadcaster and producer of the Beer Beauty video blog; John Keeling former Fuller’s Brewery brewing director and brewer of the year; Ash Corbett-Collins a national director of CAMRA and chair of their Marketing Committee and Sophie de Ronde brewer at Burnt Mill Brewery and founder of the international women’s collaboration brew day.
Saturday 27 July
The High Field Edgbaston
Noon – 6pm
There’ll be appearances from the pub’s fabulous suppliers, including several guest gins too. The BBQ will be fired up with tacos and flatbreads to snack on. Tickets include entrance, a Grand Gin glass and gin cocktail on arrival.