Friday 1st September
Intro to wine tasting
The Wellington, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham
Want to know more about wine? This evening will guide you through how to choose better wine, and will start you on your journey of wine discovery. From 7 – 9pm, taste six wines accompanied with biscuits, bread and cheeses. Tickets are £25 each.
Saturday 2nd September
Digbeth Dining Club
Riversley Park , Nuneaton.
DDC is heading to Riversley Park, and bringing The Flying Cows, Cornography, Shake that Ting, Street Kitchen Brothers, Gesko Bodhi, Cake Doctor, Bare Bones Pizza, Esmies & Kebabylon. There will be a fully stocked bar and it is free entry all day long.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September
QE11 arena, Southwater,Telford
More than 130 of the region’s best food, drink and craft producers will descend on the new Southwater development in Telford for a huge food festival. Filling the QE11 arena with tasty goodies from producers, the free tasting theatre, free kids cookery and more from 10am – 5pm. Ticket prices are £6 adults, £2 children and £13 for a family ticket.
Monday 4th – Saturday 23rd September
‘Indian Quick Bite Experience’
Milan restaurant, Birmingham
A new food festival, showcasing a range of Indian street food dishes. from Milan’s palatable Dhokla (chunks of steamed gramflour cake tempered with curry leaves and mustard seeds and served warm with chilly yoghurt) to their Spicy Chilli Chicken (batter fried chicken cubes, quarters of peppers and onions tossed with chillies and soy sauce garnished with spring onions).
Friday 8 September
Aussie Wine Tasting
SH Jones, Regent Street, Leamington Spa
SH Jones will be looking at a small Australian producer called Claymore and tasting three red, three white and a rose. Just £10 a ticket, including a few nibbles from 7.30pm.
Friday 8th – Sunday 10 September
Ludlow Food Festival
For lovers of quality food, this is the Daddy of all food festivals. Over three days with slow food workshops, cookery lessons, chef demonstrations, Bake Off masterclasses, sausage and ale trails plus more than 150 producers stalls it has something for everyone.
Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 September
Leamington Food Festival
Royal Pump Gardens, Leamington Spa
Now in its 10th year, the free festival will have more than 100 exhibitors, a kids cookery school, tastings and demonstrations in the town centre gardens.
Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September
Tamworth Food Gusto
Tamworth Castle, Tamworth
There will be a wide range of food, drink and artisan stalls with live entertainment and demonstrations for the town’s third summer food festival. Packed with stands from local and regional producers it really will be a great day out for all the family.
Friday 15th – Saturday 16th September
Birmingham Extreme Chilli Festival
Now in its 7th year, the festival will feature another packed schedule of live music and street performances on the Saturday, alongside the popular Chilli Market. From tasty sauces and preserves to curries and marinades, the markets will feature a range of stalls offering a selection of chilli inspired food, drinks and gifts.
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September
Leamington Beer and Music Festival
The Band Factory, Unit 13 Althorpe Street, Leamington
With beers, ciders, gins and a homebrew competition, this is a weekend of fun to raise money for The Band Factory – a charity which provides rehearsal and performance space for the local community. £10 entry includes a festival glass and £5 of drinks tokens. More info www.facebook.com/leambeerfest
Sunday 17 September SOLD OUT
Independent Birmingham Festival
Aston Hall, Birmingham
Complete with: restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent culture throughout the day. There will also be a full programme of live music and workshops.Tickets cost £8 and can be purchase here – Children under 12 go free, no ticket required. To find out who will be there on the day, join our events page.
Tuesday 19th September
The Star & Garter Leamington
With seasonal ingredients from veg supplier, Reynolds coupled with Head Chef, Matt Foster’s creativity, the pub has created a seasonal tasting menu of five courses for £23. Places for the last evening sold out quickly so call the pub for details 01926 359960.
Thursday 21 September
Single Malt Whisky Masterclass
Spout Brew House, Leek, Staffordshire
A very special tasting of rare, single malts. Your host, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager David Woo,d will guide you through a flight of six spectacular drams, all rare and hard to find gems. This event is perfect for those who have already began their journey into the wonderful world of single malt scotch whisky and great for exploring those slightly more expensive expressions. Tickets are limited to just 12 at £40 each.
Friday 22 September
Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh – Sweetbook launch
Stratford Artshouse, Stratford upon Avon
The chef and acclaimed cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Helen Goh about Sweet, their new much-anticipated book. Tickets are £27 single with book or £39 a pair with one book.
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September
Stratford food festival
The town centre will buzzing with a bustling producers’ market, demonstrations and workshops plus popular taste trails taking visitors to many of the town’s independent businesses.