This week we are talking about beer, asparagus gin and three courses at different restaurants.
First the bad news – Sadler’s Brewing Co has closed their pop-up on Harborn High Street. The good news is that a permanent bar Brewer’s Social will open on Friday 27 September! Alongside Sadler’s award-winning ales and spirits, the all-day venue will offer collaborative and special edition brews, craft spirits and cocktails – and great food like Mud City Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Brisket in Sadler’s Ale Sauce and Truffle Mac and Cheese.
The Malvern Autumn Show will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September). From one of the country’s biggest ever food bank donations, to world record breaking giant vegetables, a new gin festival will see weird and wonderful gins from asparagus to fruits, go head to head in a competition.
Looking ahead to 15 October, The Rotary Club of Royal Leamington Spa is once again partnering with Parkinson’s UK to host a fundraising dinner. A Taste of Leamington starts with a drinks reception at Leamington Town Hall, diners then take a different course at three restaurants which includes a choice of Oscar’s, Valles at 44, Momenti, Eleven, The Drawing Board (pictured) Emperors, Sabai Sabai and Paprika Club. Tickets are £38 and available on Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2m1bBUk
For a mellow October I have picked a dozen events for you to eat, drink and discover some of the best chefs and producers in the West Midlands.
The first is a Salt & Earth pop-up by Nikki Astley (formerly Two Cats Kitchen ). He has chosen the recently opened Kanteen in the Custard Factory as a venue to showcase an eclectic menu with Latin American and Eastern influences – including octopus. There are six dates to choose from.
I will be heading over to Staffordshire for the Stone Food & Drink Festival at the weekend and seeing what local producers have in store for foodies.
Shropshire chef James Sherwin is holding a special tasting dinner at Alderford Lake, Whitchurch. Look out for an exclusive competition on the blog to win a pair of tickets for the Saturday 28th October Wild Shropshire evening later in the week!
Two other themed dinners have caught my eye this month. Taste of Leamington is a mini tour of Sabai Sabai, Momenti, Eleven and Oscars restaurants in the town to raise funds for local charities. Over in Brum, chef Tom Aikens will be in his Mailbox restaurant to host a five course Beef Dinner, which includes a butchery demonstration.
There is no shortage of drink events being held in October either. The Wine Gang will bring their Winter Wine Festival to The Cube, Birmingham for a day of tasting over 200 different vintages. If you would like to learn more about natural Austrian wines, then Carters of Moseley has a Meet the Winemaker event to try. The Bluebell in Henley in Arden is showcasing South African wines, meanwhile over in Kenilworth The Cross is repeating its popular Costswold Gin Dinner. It is a taste of the deep South with New Orleans cocktails at The Church in Birmingham and Westons Cider will be celebrating the harvest with an evening tour and light supper in Ledbury.
Full details over on the October events page.
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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.