Events

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.

SEPTEMBER

James Sherwin Wild Shropshire

Wednesday 25 September
Pairing Dinner
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.

Sky By The Water dessert

Sunday 29 September
Chef’s Dinner
Sky By The Water, Resorts World, Solihull
£65

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.

OCTOBER

Joule's Brewery head brewer Nigel Haughton Stone Food & Drink Festival.jpg

Friday 4- Sunday  6 October
Stone Food & Drink Festival
Westbridge Park,
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.

Jay Rayner My Last Supper.jpg

Sunday 6 October
My Last Supper
Glee Club, Birmingham
7.15pm
£22.50

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.

The Pod Cafe Coventry

Friday 11 October
Supper Club 
The Pod Café, 31 Far Gosford Street, Coventry
5:30pm – 8:30pm
£12.50

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.

The Drawing Board Leamington interior

Tuesday 15 October
A Taste of Leamington
Various locations
£38

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

Fiesta del Asado lamb dish

Wednesday 16 October
Wine Tasting
Fiesta del Asado, 177 Stratford Road, Shirley
£15

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.

Slurp Wine Leamington malbec

Friday 25 October
Wine and Charcuterie Tasting
Slurp, 121 Regent Street, Leamington
7.30 – 9.30pm
£25

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.

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