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.
If you go to any of my recommended events I would love to hear how you get on. Also if there is anything coming up in November that you think I should know about, drop me a line on email@example.com
Its time for my favourite blog post, where we can look to the month ahead and plan our food and drink adventures.
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!
Two new gin events added to the Events page, both in Brum featuring Potobello Gin on Thursday 19 March at The Church and Thursday 26 March at The Jekyll and Hyde.
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 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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.