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June 2019

June starts with a Pudding Party and finishes with a Rum Festival. Let my blog will be your guide to eating and drinking at the best events this month. All the details are over on the Events page.

Food Festivals: part one

Food festivals in June & July 2019

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.

June

Shropshire Pub in the Park

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.

The Hereford Food Festival trader

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.

Foodies Festival Birmingham

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 map

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.

July

Pub in the Park

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.

Shobdon Food and Flying Festival

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.

The Watering Hole gin and tonic

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

Windmill Hill Brewing Co.jpg

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 Food Festival

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.

Birmingham chefs take centre stage

There are some familiar faces and a cross section of city venues taking part in the Foodies Festival this weekend.

Foodies Festival Chefs Theatre

 

To see the guys in action, here is the timetable for the Chefs Theatre.

Friday 15th May

12.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

13.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

14.00 Ryan Swift – The Edgbaston

15.00 Robert Grzesik – The Warehouse Cafe

16.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

17.00 William Noblett – Ju Ju’s Cafe

Saturday 16th May

12.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

13.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

14.00 Glynn Purnell – Purnells

15.00 James Wong – Chung Ying

16.00 Jackie Kearney – The Hungry Gecko

17.00 Nick Turner – Hotel De Vin

Sunday 17th May

12.00 Katy B – ‘Little Miss Meat Free’ Great Vegan Bake Off Winner 2014

13.00 Rachel Green – Top TV Chef

14.00 Aktar Islam – Lasan Group

15.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

16.00 Matt Cheal – Simpsons

Entry to the Chefs Theatre is included in the ticket price. Tickets are released at the festival on the day and are available on a first come, first served basis and entry is limited – register for free entry at the Registration Point opposite the main entrance.

(Photo credits: Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Living)