Saturday 6 May
The Wellington, Bennetts Hill Birmingham
Birmingham Wine School’s first ever cider evening run by Gabe Cook, aka The Ciderologist. This introductory cider tasting session will take us on a journey through cider’s rich and illustrious history. Through tasting a series of ciders, you will discover how fruit variety, fermentation management and maturation techniques all have an impact upon the end product. 7 – 9pm £32.50
Friday 12 May
Death and Dine
We’ve all heard the expression “Food is Life”, but how does food relate to death? To find out, join Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer’s Kitchen for an evening of deathly facts and food. Vegetarian food and a cocktail are included in the ticket price of £14. Evening starts at 7.30pm
Saturday 13 May
Masterclass with Suree Coates
Apley Farm Shop, Norton, Staffordshire
Chef Suree is known for her fragrant and authentic Thai dishes. This cookery class will offer Thai tips, tastings and herbs and spices to take home. Also included is a two course lunch and £15 gift voucher to spend at the King & Thai restaurant. Book your places at www.apleyfarmshop.digitickets.co.uk 10am – noon. Tickets are £59
Saturday 13 May
Independent Birmingham Festival
The Bond Digbeth Birmingham
The inaugural Independent Birmingham Festival will be showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent restaurants, bars, pubs, street food traders and creatives. From 12pm – 6pm, tickets cost just £8 (children under 12 go free.)
Friday 12 – Sunday 14 May
Ludlow Spring Festival
Raise your glass to the start of festival season with more than 200 different beers available across the weekend from around 50 small breweries from Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Wales. Festival starts on Friday night with a Meet the Brewer event and continues over the weekend with tasty food treats.
Friday 19 May
Whittles Hall, Leamington
Not to be missed an opportunity to enjoy five different desserts by award winning patisserie chef Jenny Hudson from Sweet As. Menu will be revealed on the night and a glass of bubbly on arrival is included in the price.
Friday 19 May
Sip + Supper Club
The Rosebird Community Centre, Stratford upon Avon
An opportunity to eat, drink and shop local at this new monthly event. Between 6.30 – 9.30pm a vibrant bunch of local independent businesses ready and raring to share their finest produce and products with you. Confirmed traders include: The Little Gin Company & The Little Rum Company, Trailer Trash Street Food, Daphnes Coffee Shop, Monsoon Estates Coffee, Talton Mill Farm Shop, Barrel & Bone, The Olive Stall, Goodies Galore, Vin Neuf, Paxton & Whitfield and Blackmans Bakery.
Friday 19 – Saturday 20 May
Three sessions to sample gins and talks from gin experts. Ticket includes your own gin festival copa balloon glass and festival brochure.
Saturday 20 May
Alcester Food Festival
Twice a year the Roman market town, just outside Stratford upon Avon hosts over a 100 hand-picked quality producers for a food festival. There are also independent pubs, cafes and restaurants to try too.
Sunday 21 May
Amantia, Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham
A mini festival, offering paella, sangria, churros, live music, flamenco and a wine tasting. £10 for entry and paella, or £25 for entry, paella and wine class. http://www.amantiarestaurant.co.uk/
Sunday 21 May
Original Patty Man pop-up
The Plough, Harborne, Birmingham
The Harborne pub is teaming up what burger fans claim is the best in Birmingham for a pop-up in the garden from 4pm, with DJ’s too.
Saturday 27 May
Four Weddings & A Funeral wine tasting
The Electric cinema, Birmingham
It doesn’t get much more quintessentially English than Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings & A Funeral. In celebration of English Wine Week, The Electric has paired this classic comedy with a selection of England’s finest wines from Sixteen Ridges in Worcestershire. Steve Brandwood will guide you through a selection of the vineyards wines, Included in the price is taster samples for six wines: from sparkling white signature cuvée to a dessert Ice cider. 5.45pm tickets from £21.50.
Sunday 28th May
Warwick Food & Drink Festival
A celebration of the town’s fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as some of the finest regional food & drink producers – a day of great food, cooking demonstrations and entertainment.
Digbeth Dining Club
End the Bank Holiday weekend with a feast of street food in the grounds of Coventry Cathedral. Traders confirmed include – Bornville Waffle, Shake That Ting, Street Chef, Baked in Brick, Jabberwocky, English Indian, Platinum Pancakes, Street Souvlaki, Pietanic and Manila Munchies. Entry Is £1, on from 11am – 6pm.