June’s food and drink adventures

Its time for my favourite blog post, where we can look to the month ahead and plan our food and drink adventures.

June events

June starts with a gin masterclass at The Bureau. If wine is more your tipple then the Argentinian Wine Dinner at Opus or Rhone Valley wine tasting at the Leamington Wine Company might be for you.

Dive into the seafood recipes of Kerala, in the Pop Up Dosa dinner at the Hare and Hounds and experience the Best of British and European ingredients as Peel & Stone prepare a five course dinners for guests.

If you dare, venture to The Electric Cinema where acclaimed food artist Annabel de Vetten will be serving twisted culinary delights during the Hannibal screening.

Mid month the UK’s biggest consumer food show rolls back to the NEC. New chefs for the BBC Good Food Show Summer include Michel Roux Jnr, the Hemsley sisters and Andy Bates.

For a Father’s Day present with a bit more bite, The Original Patty Men are one of the challenging teams at the UK Burger Battle in Digbeth on Sunday 21 June.

At the end of the month, employees and visitors can pick up some tasty treats at the Local Produce Market in Brindleyplace which is back for the summer months.

All in all another appetising month!

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August food and drink events

Worcester Produce

You don’t have to go on holiday this month – you can explore Mexican cuisine in Leamington Spa and a Cajun crayfish boil in Brum. Or you could enjoy local produce in Northamptonshire and celebrate a local brewery’s anniversary. All details are on the events page.

July’s hottest food and drink events

July started with the launch of Leamington Wine Company’s Gin Club, boubon tasting at Hotel du Vin and a stars and stripes dinner at The Star and Garter. Yeeha to American Independence Day! The rest of this month’s food and drink events are just as good.

July events1

This week you could be onstage at The Rep for a Blanch & Shock dinner as part of BE Festival, tucking into gin cocktails and pastries at Loki’s new Gin Brunch, or waving the flag for French Resistance Week at The Church.

July Events2

Next week Glynn Purnell will be signing copies of his book at Harvey Nichols, the Colmore Business District food festival returns and we say hello to a new event  – the Stratford Home and Garden Show at Alscot House.

July events3

July goes out with a bang at the Birmingham Beer Bash, vintage night at Le Truc and a Connolly’s Wine Dinner at Carters of Moseley.  AMV Curiosities takes over The Electric’s Food and Film Club and Clarke and Lee pop-up in the refurbished back bar at the Hare and Hounds.

All the details are on the Events page.

Wherever you go this month I hope that you have a great time discovering or revisiting your favourite chefs, venues and producers in the Midlands.

If there any food and drink events that you think I should add to the blog, please drop me a line at midlandsgourmetgirl@gmail.com.

Two Birmingham nominations for Shortlist Pub of the Year 2014

Shortlist

Both Pure Bar and Kitchen and The Church have been nominated for the Shortlist magazine Pints and Pistachios pub of the year award 2014.  By voting you will get the chance to win your own beer brewed by Meantime Brewery! Winners announced on Wednesday 30 July  Vote here

Hello Northamptonshire!

After enjoying afternoon tea at The Dining Room and supper at The Church, I’ve decided to spread out and include Northamptonshire on my blog.

Northampton

I’m looking forward to discovering St. Giles Cheese, the Crabstock festival and everything else that the county has to offer!

In the meantime, if you have any favourite producers, chefs, restaurants, bars and food shops please let me know.

July Events

afternoon tea

A dainty afternoon tea, following a tour of the Alscot Estate gardens, is the first calendar date for July on the Events page.

At Restaurant 23 you can meet the producer David Tompkins from Lighthorne Lamb. Stratford upon Avon diners can enjoy ‘the food of love’ menu at No 9 Church Street.

Over in Birmingham the city is hosting both the Colmore Business District Food Festival and Chilli Festival.

Beer fans can sup at the Warwick Beer Festival and Birmingham Beer Bash, while whisky connoisseurs can toast Independence Day at The Church Inn.

Jewellery Quarter eating & drinking guide

JQ sign

The launch of The Church pub and restaurant meant that I was back in my favourite part of Birmingham – the Jewellery Quarter. You’ll find my recommendations for bars, pub, cafés and restaurants in the Quarter in a new eating and drinking guide on the Destinations page.