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.
Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 March
Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry
11am – 4pm
Get ready for a market full of tasty treats, Easter Eggs and workshops/demonstrations. Including fudge to cake, cookies to brownies, and of course plenty of chocolate. With some of the best chocolate makers and traders in the Midlands, Fargo Village will help you to help you celebrate Mothers Day and Easter.
Saturday 6 April
The Bond, Digbeth, Birmingham
For all frommage fans – take your pick from 25 traders selling cheese. Street food from – Streetchef Halloumi Fries, Low ‘n’ Slow, Kilder Bar, Peel & Stone Pizza, Baked In Brick, Mac OGs, The Gravy Train Poutine, Street Souvlaki, The Paneer Wrap Street Food Co, Urban Cheesecake and Cake Doctor. Bars provided by Dig Brew Co and the Cocktail Caravan.
Tuesday 9 April
The Jam House (plus three other locations) St Paul’s Square, Birmingham
6.30 – 10.30pm
Parkinson’s UK is hosting a Secret Supper in the Jewellery Quarter. The evening begins with a welcome drink at The Jam House and your destinations for the evening are revealed for guests to enjoy three courses at three different restaurants within close walking distance of St Paul’s Square. Tickets are available from the charity’s website https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/secret19
Friday 12 April
Call my quaff wine dinner
Hotel du Vin, Church Street, Birmingham
7.30 – 11pm
Canapés, a four course dinner and budding contestants, and you have the perfect recipe for ‘Call my Quaff’, a unique Hotel du Vin wine dinner. Join game show host for the evening Tony Elvin as you team up and listen to three different but equally compelling descriptions for each wine you’re served throughout dinner. Taste the wine and try to guess which description is correct and which descriptions are just bluff. Points make prizes so rack up the points to win a prize.
Sunday 14 April
T2 Matcha Masterclass
T2 Tea Bullring, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham
5 – 6pm
The T2 experts will teach you the A to Z of all things Matcha including it’s origins, what it is, how to brew it and most importantly, how to enjoy it. Book your place via Eventbrite
Wednesday 17 April
Italian Cooking Class
Yes Chef Dining, 37 Longfield Road, Leamington Spa
6 – 8.30pm
In this introduction to Italian cuisine you will learn a variety of Italian dishes which include making your own fresh pasta which you will then go onto make a classic Italian main course alongside a starter. Everything will be provided in the evening including all of the ingredients, aprons, recipes, materials and equipment to cook along with professional chef Richard Bramble. Book your place via Eventbrite.
Thursday 18, Good Friday, Saturday 20 April and Easter Monday
Chase Distillery, Rosemaund Farm, Hereford
£25 per person (£10 of each ticket is redeemable when spending over £20 in the distillery shop)
Spend just under two hours discovering some of the secrets and skills that go into creating their award winning range of spirits. In this tour and tasting experience your guide will take you through the process of how Chase transform the humble potato into delicious vodka and gin. After the tour, you’ll head back to the Chase bar to enjoy a tutored tasting and maybe even pick up a bottle or two at the Distillery Shop. Various time slots available, book on their website.
Friday 26 April
Market Hall, Gallery Level, Claremont Street, Shrewsbury
7.30 – 10.30pm
Let Gindifferent guide you through a two hour session of what is new for gin in 2019. Tasting includes six gins, three brand new cocktails and nibbles. The bar will be open for you to enjoy an additional tipple or two until 10.30pm.
Sunday 28 April
Heritage Afternoon Tea
Market Hall Museum, Market Place, Warwick
12.30 – 2.30pm
Step back in time and taste cakes and bakes from the past. Using original recipes from the Warwickshire archives ‘Caking and Baking’ have recreated recipes from Mary Wise’s mid-18th century cookbook for you to enjoy. Recipes from Mary’s cookbook and kitchen gadgets from our museum collections will also be on display for you to view.
Thursday 2 May
The Modern Cheesemaker
Booka, 26-28 Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire
Doors open at 7pm
£10 (£5 of ticket price redeemable against a signed copy of The Modern Cheesemaker)
An evening for cheese lovers with tastings and an insight into the craft of artisan cheesemaking with Morgan McGlynn author of The Modern Cheesemaker. Morgan runs Muswell Hill Cheeses in London and is Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch resident cheese expert as well as an expert judge at the World Cheese Awards. Appleby’s, cheesemakers from Hawkstone Abbey Farm in Shrewsbury, will be providing cheeses for this event.
Sunday 5 May
Drunk Pudding Club
Beer Gonzo, 3A Earlsdon Street, Coventry
7 – 11pm
This is a new collaboration between Beer Gonzo and Drapers Bar & Kitchen. Featuring an eclectic selection of desserts and cheese board, created by new head chef Sarah Jenkins, which will be paired with beer, natural wine and cocktails lovingly selected and concocted by Beer Gonzo.