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.
Wednesday 25 September
Dinham Weir House, Ludlow,Shropshire
Ten course surprise seasonal menu by Wild Shropshire grown and foraged in the county paired with natural world wines For one night only the Wild Shropshire team will be relocating to Ludlow. In this one off wine pairing dinner with the wine guys from Glou Glou. The night will consist of a multi course terroir based tasting menu with matching wine flight, concentrating on natural, organic and biodynamic wines.
Sunday 29 September
Sky By The Water, Resorts World, Solihull
Rob Palmer, Head Chef of Michelin starred Peels’ Restaurant at nearby beauty Hampton Manor will be joining Aaron Darnley and Darryl Collins from Resorts World, for a unique six course tasting menu. Rob and Aaron will team up on a duo of starters and main courses, including a cured salmon and crab starter and a warming duck ragu with blackcurrant for main. Desserts and petit fours will follow from Darryl, featuring a double chocolate bomb of blood orange, caramel and dark chocolate with an Oreo crumble.
Friday 4- Sunday 6 October
Stone Food & Drink Festival
Noon – 6pm Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Tickets from £7
More than a dozen different demonstrations, masterclasses (ticket charge applies) talks and tastings from local food and drink businesses as well as childrens’ cookery classes will run alongside the producers stalls.
Sunday 6 October
My Last Supper
Glee Club, Birmingham
Imagine you are about to die. You have one meal left. What are you going to have? It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic, MasterChef judge and writer Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. It happened so often that he decided the time had come to investigate the concept of the last supper and why it intrigues us so. In this barnstorming new show, based on his new book, Rayner investigates our fascination with last suppers and tells the stories of the killer dishes that would end up on his table.
Friday 11 October
The Pod Café, 31 Far Gosford Street, Coventry
5:30pm – 8:30pm
The Pod is best known for its vegan cuisine (voted top 10 in UK by Guardian readers) and it raw determination to cultivate new ideas, connect people and nurture the cities creative entrepreneurs. At this Supper Club you will be able to meet artists and team members from Coventry’s Biennial.To book a place please email: POD.Enquiries@coventry.gov.uk. Once your booking is confirmed you can pay at the door.
Tuesday 15 October
A Taste of Leamington
The Rotary Club of Royal Leamington Spa is once again partnering with Parkinson’s UK to host a fundraising dinner. Starting with a drinks reception at Leamington Town Hall, diners then take a different course at three restaurants which includes a choice of Oscar’s, Valles at 44, Momenti, Eleven, The Drawing Board, Emperors, Sabai Sabai and Paprika Club. Tickets are available on Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2m1bBUk
Wednesday 16 October
Fiesta del Asado, 177 Stratford Road, Shirley
Guided by Clive Whitcomb, a member of the Circle of Wine Writers, you’ll sample fine wines and a mouth-watering selection of Argentine nibbles. Learn why Malbec, a grape of French origin, is now firmly associated with Argentina, and hear how a 19th century engineer from England established one of Argentina’s top wineries. What’s more guests will be offered a 50% discount off the price of any bottle of the wines tasted.
Friday 25 October
Wine and Charcuterie Tasting
Slurp, 121 Regent Street, Leamington
7.30 – 9.30pm
A new event for the wine merchant, a red wine charcuterie tasting in conjunction the Meat Room in Leamington Spa. An evening of six deliciously cured meats matched with six different wines.