September is always a good month to visit food festivals, to meet producers and enjoy seasonal produce. My round up this month takes you from Shropshire to Warwickshire, with the return of huge well known events like the Ludlow Food Festival to lesser known celebrations like the Ginger and Spice Festival.
In Staffordshire, the StrEATfood Social at Burton’s Market Hall and a Wolseley Wine Loft wine tasting of wines from handmade, small producers caught my eye.
It’s a busy month for foodies in Shropshire – you can become an expert in cheese at the Turnbulls Cheese Experiences Academy of Cheese; Deliciously Ella will be signing her latest cookbook; Ludlow will be hosting hundreds of food producers for the Ludlow Food Festival and at the end of the month The Ginger and Spice Festival is held in Market Drayton.
I’ll be going to one of the biggest food festivals in Warwickshire (which I’m pleased to say is still free entry) the Leamington Food & Drink Festival. The Arden Hotel in Stratford upon Avon is celebrating 100 years of the RAF with a special RAF Afternoon Tea and the whole town toasts theStratford upon Avon Town Centre Food Festival on the 22nd and 23rd of September.
In Birmingham Opus Restaurant is hosting a Cheese Dinner, you can sup a few pints at the Ale & Cider Festival, which is set in the gardens of Blakesley Hall and the Midlands Whisky Festival returns with a huge selection of drams.
All the details for addresses, opening times and ticket prices are over on the September Events page.
With a lovely mellowness, September gives us a bumper crop of food festivals.
From the original and bar-setting Ludow Food Festival (8th – 10th) to newbies like Independent Birmingham (17th) celebrating individual businesses, there is a food festival for everyone’s appetite this month.
Leamington Food & Drink Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary ((9th & 10th) with a kids cookery school and plentry of tastings. Set in the castle grounds, Tamworth’s Food Gusto will offer local and regional produce over the same weekend.
The popular Birmingham Extreme Chili Festival will be turning up the heat in Brindleyplace (15th & 16th) while beer and cider lovers will be quenching their thirst at the Leamington Beer and Music Festival (15th – 17th).
The week after, Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh will be launching their new book Sweet as a prelude to the Stratford Town Centre Food Festival (23rd -24th).
All the details are on the September events page so 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.
Welcome to my round-up of May’s marvellous food and drink events.
This month you can brush up on your Thai cookery skills in a class with Suree Coates or learn more about your favourite tipple as Gabe Cook, aka The Ciderologist, hosts Birmingham Wine School’s first ever cider evening. Over in Coventry, the city’s cathedral is the backdrop to a weekend Gin Festival.
Food festival season kicks off in earnest, with four great events being held in the West Midlands. The inaugural Independent Birmingham Festival, Ludlow Spring Festival (particularly for real ale fans) Alcester and Warwick Food Festivals will have all the locations buzzing with local producers, cafes and restaurants taking part.
Sate your cultural appetite by joining Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer’s Kitchen for an evening of deathly facts and food at the Midlands Arts Centre, or taste English wines while watching Four Weddings and A Funeral at The Electric cinema.
A Spanish festival or burger pop-up in Birmingham at Amantia and The Plough will get you into the party spirit, and special events include a one-off Pudding Club with five desserts from Sweet As in Leamington Spa to indulge in, plus the launch of a new monthly Sip + Supper Club in Stratford upon Avon.
Wherever you go and whatever you consume I hope that you have a marvellous May!
March Events page is packed with food and drink festivals, wine tastings and themed dinners.
This means that from Staffordshire to Shropshire, Worcestershire to Warwickshire you have my top picks of the tastiest things to do this month.
Enjoy discovering the glut of culinary talent in the West Midlands!
Happy New Year!
In 2015 I’m looking forward to eating at The Smoke Pit in Northampton, sipping cocktails at The Botanist in Birmingham and learning some new cookery skills at Harborne’s Food School, which I will be writing up as new blog features for you shortly.
I am also very excited about two new food events in Warwickshire that I am working on. They will launch in March and September so I will be updating on you on these fantastic new events as soon as I can!
From the 22 applications for Operation Footfall support to revitalise town centres, Warwickshire County Council has awarded funding to three new food festivals.
Alcester & Forest of Arden Autumn Food Festival – as with the Spring festival, the Autumn Food Festival on Saturday 19 October will have over 100 exhibitors displaying a delicious and unusual array of foods and beverages, with competitions and surprises also added to the mix http://alcesterfoodfestival.org.uk
Rugby Food and Drink Festival, with a real ale trail – a weekend of food and drink in Rugby town centre, due to take place in the Autumn.
Warwick Food and Film Festival – launching in the Summer, follow #warwickrocks for updates on this new event.
These festivals are a great way to put Warwickshire on the culinary map and I’m looking forward to visiting all of them.