Whether you like them led by celebrity chefs and packed with entertainment or small with opportunities to meet and learn from local specialist producers, there is no doubt that there is a feast of food festivals that take place here in the West Midlands. Starting from June, I’ve put together a roundup for you.
Not to be confused with the Tom Kerridge event, Shropshire is introducing a new beer festival Shropshire Pub in the Park on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June with plenty of street food to soak up the extensive range of local brews.
On Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th head to the Hereford Racecourse for a weekend filled with street food, a farmers market and gift hall at the Hereford Food Festival.
Birmingham foodies will be heading to the huge Foodies Festival in Canon Hill Park. With celebrity chefs, a kids cookery school, vintage tea tent and cakes and desserts theatre there is plenty to see and eat over the three day show from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June.
Shrewsbury Food Festival is back for a 7th year from Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June with a whopping 200 food, drink and artisan craft stalls. There will also be two live music stages, cookery demo’s, hands on cookery classes, kids cookery and lots of opportunities to meet the makers and take part in masterclasses.
New for Warwickshire this year is Pub in the Park. Chef Tom Kerridge is bringing a mix of Michelin-starred chefs and live music to Warwick from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th Pop-up pubs and restaurants will be serving their award-winning food for festival-goers to feast on, including Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers, The Cross at Kenilworth and many more.
On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July you can sample over seventy of the very best food and drink producers from Herefordshire against the backdrop of a flying festival at the Shobdon Food Festival. Succulent local meats, breads, cheeses, ice-cream, confectionery, cakes award-winning local ciders, wines and ales brewed within just a few miles of the historic WW2 air field will all be on offer.
Lichfield will be keeping it simple with the three key ingredients of Cheese, Gin and Ale in this festival over the same weekend. Last year saw visitors tempted with over 160 different British gins, over 50 different British Ales and over 50 different British cheeses
Sponsored by local Windmill Hill Brewery, Queens Road will be lined with food and drink traders for the Nuneaton Food Festival on Sunday 14 July.
Kenilworth’s Food Festival is a celebration of the little market town’s restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as a vast array of food and drink producers on Sunday 21 July.
In part two of this food festival feature I will be looking ahead to August, September and October for more opportunities to taste the best food festivals in the West Midlands.