This is a good month to see your favourite chefs in action, with cookery demos at festivals all across the West Midlands in June.
Catch Jean-Christophe Novelli in Coventry, Simpson’s Nathan Eades at Foodies Festival in Birmingham, Brad Carter at Ragley Hall’s Fabulous Food Festival and Chris Burt at Shrewsbury Food & Drink Festival.
Specialist dinners this month include a forage walk and inspired menu in Hereford at Madam & Adam, celebrating asparagus at The Cross in Kenilworth and three of Colmore Row’s best eateries in an evening tour.
Look out for National Beer Day themed events in Staffordshire too, with a supper club and beer tasting.
By now the post New Year ennui should have worn off, so I’ve lined up a great selection of food and drink events for you this month.
My recommendations range from wine tasting with a cheesemaker and gin tasting to Burns Night celebrations and the return of the Digbeth Dining Club. As usual you’ll find the details on the events page. Enjoy!
My top ten recommendations for food and drink events are now live on the October 2015 page.
For a dinner with a difference, experience The Battle of Eden, where eight chefs go head to head with guests deciding the winning course in this annual competition of Eden Hotel Collection chefs.
A trio of well known chefs will be hosting talks locally. You can hear Vivek Singh talking about spices,, Tom Kerridge will be in Stratford upon Avon promoting his new book and Adam Bennett (The Cross) will be discussing superfoods during a lunchtime cookery demonstration.
A new company – Wine Freedom is holding their inaugural tasting at Pure Bar & Kitchen in Birmingham, or if you are a fan of champagne the Laurent Perrier dinner at Restaurant 23 in Leamington could be just the treat that you are looking for.
If you want to indulge your sweet tooth, Harvey Nichols has launched a new chocolate afternoon tea that is available all month, or visit the Hyatt for a festive high tea with a fund raising fashion show.
As its Halloween, you can enjoy spook-tacular food and drink indoors at Birmingham’s Annexe restaurant or outdoors in Kings Heath for the town’s food festival. Enjoy!
May sees Birmingham welcoming three new food and drink events to the city’s Eastside – Street Banquet, the En Place pop-up and English Wine Festival. Foodies are bound to give these exciting events a warm welcome.
As the weather gets more clement the smell of charcoal fills in the air, with BBQs being fired up at both The Highfield in Birmingham and Aubrey Allen in Leamington Spa.
All good food needs a refreshing cold drink and there are opportunities for mixologists to learn new skills and savour classic cocktails at Leamington’s Restaurant 23.
Grape lovers will be spoilt for choice at the New Zealand wine tastings in Warwick and the English Wine Tasting with the Birmingham Wine School at The Old Joint Stock.
As an early Fathers Day present, the Beer & Butchery course at Becketts Farm or the Chase Distillery Dinner at Turners Restaurant may fit the bill.
Check the Events May 2015 page for all the details and get the dates in your diaries as they are bound to sell out quickly!
Before you check out the new food and drink events for May, you’ve still got time to make the Spring Market on Saturday, the Pietanic pop-up at The Old Crown on Thursday and Lasan’s 13th birthday celebrations on 26 and 27 April.
Take your pick from this cornucopia of food and drink events in the Midlands this month.
In Warwick you can sip tea at Warwick Street Kitchen or shots of Chase Vodka at Square Wine and enjoy the next in the series of Dine with Wine evenings at High Pavement. I’ll be in town mid month for Rob Eatwell’s ‘Feather & Fur’ menu at the Rose & Crown.
Help celebrate both the Thai Festival and their 10th anniversary at Sabai Sabai restaurant in Moseley, or try a raw food evening with the Latvian supper club Two Cats Roaming at 6/8 Kafe.
Put your skills to the test and learn how to cure and smoke your own meat with Italian deli Squisito, or go the whole hog and butcher a pig with the Loaf chefs.
Get your bake on at the Cake International Show and return to the NEC for the BBC Good Food Show Winter at the end of the month.
Wine lovers can discuss vintages with Tim Atkin at Hampton Manor or stock up for the holidays at the Christmas Wine Fair.
For next year I’m planning an even bigger and better events calendar, where you can search for food and drink events by area and category. By subscribing to my blog you will automatically receive these updates.
October’s food and drinks events page is the fattest blog post I’ve ever written!
Chefs taking on new challenges include Adam Stokes pairing up with Purity Bar & Kitchen, while the Eden Hotel Collection chefs battle it out in their annual competition against each other.
For drinks events how about a tutored wine tasting with a screening of Sideways at The Electric, an introduction to sherry at The Bluebell in Henley in Arden, a Bordeaux tasting with Loki Wine or German beerfest at The Wild Boar in Warwick.
Seasonal markets are back at The Bond, this time with a new afternoon tea and cocktail masterclass and Birmingham’s newest gastropub The Highfield is hosting its first Steak Night with Aubrey Allen.
With even more opportunities to meet producers, sample themed menus, shop at markets and celebrate at festivals lets keep it local!
May is set to be a busy month for food and drink events.
It started with a bang for the opening of cocktail bar The Edgbaston (which I will feature soon) and the biggest street food night in the Midlands at Digbeth Dining Club.
From Crabstock in Northampton and a spring fair at the Newbold Comyn Arms in Leamington Spa to an Awadhi banquet at Lasan, I hope there will be something that you like the sound of. Details for my top picks are on the Events page.
Enjoy yourself and why not tw-eat me your pics @midlandsgourmet.