Secret Cellar Fair at the Custard Factory

Head down to the Custard Factory on Saturday for a new drinks festival.

Alfie Birds Design My Night

Running from noon – 7pm, the event will feature Summertime Wine Tasting Workshops by Loki; Whistlestop History of Gin from KitchInn; Alfie’s Mixology Masterclass at Alfie Birds and craft beers at the brand new Mockingbird Theatre.

Drinks will be served to the summer sounds of live music on the poolside stage, with delicious street food dished up by Digbeth Dining Club, winners of the National Street Food Awards 2014.

The workshops and masterclasses will run throughout the day, each workshop costing £15 and lasting for forty minutes.

Alternatively, for those who just want to settle down in the sunshine for drinks, Alfie Birds will be open for business, whilst Loki and KitchInn will offer the chance to buy their gin and wine by the glass or the bottle at their outdoor stalls, open all afternoon.

Birmingham’s first wine festival

While my partner went to a comic fair on Broad Street on Saturday afternoon, I popped into the Hyatt for Birmingham’s first Wine Festival.

Birmingham Wine Festival

After picking up my tasting glass I wandered around the room of stands of local wine merchants and importers, trying to learn a little more about how to choose wine.


At Loki you can sample up to 24 wines in the boutique tasting room. They have a selection of over 900 fines wines and spirits, all chosen by the owner Phil, including well-known favourites and new discoveries from Croatia, Japan and Lebanon. (David is pictured).


Julia Phillips at Just Perfect Wines is the exclusive UK importer and distributor for ORA in the Midlands. This DSOG Prosecco is complimented by another new brand Furlan, which are available from The Cellar Door in Sutton Coldfield and The Drinks Room in Warwick.

The weekend had included an afternoon for corporate guests as well as sessions open to the public, masterclasses and shopping with Loki, Connollys and Harvey Nichols.