Were you one of the lucky people that got a ticket to the Birmingham Rum Festival that sold out this weekend? If not never fear, there plenty of food and drink events happening in July to whet your appetite.
Jean Christophe-Novelli is back in the West Midlands for a cookery demonstration at the Hereford Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Also in the festival spirit, Viva! will be bringing an array of vegan food and products to Coventry Cathedral.
You could Sip British wine in a tour of Hencote Estate vineyard in Shrewsbury or go ‘across the pond’ to discover North American Wines at Spit Wine School in Birmingham.
Learn how to cook Brazilian dishes at Oken’s Kitchen in Warwick, or take a culinary tour of South India at Unami’s monthly regional cuisine dinner.
Real ale fans will have a weekend at the Warwick Court Leet beer festival and a whole week with Birmingham’s Beer Week to indulge in their favourite brew.
Juniper fans I haven’t forgotten you – head over to The Cross in Kenilworth for a gin masterclass, with Shakespeare Distillery.
All the details and ticket information can be found on the July Events page. Enjoy.
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.
Over on the event page you’ll find some great food and drink experiences to enjoy this month.
My top five picks for March are
- Thursday 5 1st Thursdays street food market in Rugby
- Thursday 19 Cotswolds Distillery tasting at The Bell in Alderminster
Friday 20 Afternoon tea with Lisa Faulkner at Hampton Manor, Solihull
- Thursday 26 Champagne Evening at Edmunds in Birmingham
- Saturday 28 Food Fair at The Almanac Kenilworth
If you are going to any of these events why not write a review that I can share as a guest post?
Are you like me planning next weekend before this one is over? If you missed them on the Events page, here are three local food and drink activities taking place next weekend.
Friday 28 November
Friday 28 November – Saturday 29 November
Winter Beer Festival, Towcester Race Course
Saturday 29 November
Street food and beer festival Fargo Village , Coventry
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!