A feast of food festivals

May is a fantastic month as it is the start of the food festival season and here is just a taste of what you can expect in the West Midlands.

A feast of food festivals

Starting with a new street food festival in Lichfield to the return of the Great Food Festival in Weston Park over the Bank Holiday weekend, get ready for a feast of food festivals!

 Cafe International Lichfield

Lichfield Street Food Festival, Saturday 5th May

A local couple who own Cathedral Crepes has organised a new celebration of street food. From 10am Beacon Park will be filled with the aromas of French crepes, Sicilian cannoli and Japanese hirata buns. There will also be a fully licensed bar in the central marquee and two gin and Prosecco bars.

Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield
10am – 10pm
Free

street food trader

Feast Street Food & Drink Festival, Ironbridge Saturday 5th May

On the same day, if you are in Ironbridge, you could enjoy the first  Feast Street Food & Drink Festival. From paella to poppadums and churros to chips there will be a great variety of tasty street food, all washed down with local craft beer and Prosecco from the different pop-up vendors.

Engine Shop at Enginuity, near Ironbridge
11am to 8pm
Entry £1 (children under 16 free accompanied by an adult)

Shropshire Salumi Ludlow Spring Food Festival

Ludlow Spring Food Festival Friday 11th– Sunday 13th May

This is the little sister of the September event – with a focus on food, beer and classic cars. There will be around 50 of the very best micro and small breweries from Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Wales at the Meet The Brewer evening on Friday. Followed by a weekend of tastings, demos, Pie Trails, Pudding Trails and Cocktail Masterclasses.

Castle Square, Ludlow
Friday evening 5 – 9pm £5 adults only
Saturday 10am – 9pm £9 adult £2 child
Sunday 10am – 5pm £9 adult £2 child

Alcester Food Festival

Alcester Spring Food Festival, Saturday 19th May

The first of this Warwickshire town’s two annual food festivals. Expect cheeses, pies, breads, cakes, fresh and cured meats and sausages, fruit and vegetables, a pig roast, award-winning street food, handmade chocolates, local beers, ciders and wines and as many local food products as they can squeeze on to the 100 or so stalls.

High Street, Church Street and Henley Street in the town centre
9am – 5pm
Free

Warwick Food Festival

Warwick Food Festival, Sunday 27th May

Now in its fourth year, the festival is expanding taking over the Old Square and surrounding streets. You can expect around 80 different traders, alongside local chefs who will showcase the very best of the town’s culinary offer in the Live Cookery Theatre.

Warwick town centre
10am – 6pm
Free

Great British Food Festival Weston Park

Saturday 26th – Monday 28th May
Great British Food Festival
Weston Park, Shifnall, Staffordshire

An annual food market with more than 70 stalls, food challenges and competitions, taking place in the grounds of Weston Park.  Demonstrations include local chefs James Sherwin from Wild Shropshire, Marcus Bean from The Brompton Cookery School  and Chris Burt from The Mytton and Mermaid, as well as familiar faces from Great British Bake Off tv show.

Weston Park, Shifnall, Staffordshire
10am – 5pm
Adults £9
Kids (5 – 16 years) £5

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May’s marvellous food & drink events

May 2017 events

Welcome to my round-up of May’s marvellous food and drink events.

This month you can brush up on your Thai  cookery skills in a class with Suree Coates or learn more about your favourite tipple as Gabe Cook, aka The Ciderologist, hosts Birmingham Wine School’s first ever cider evening. Over in Coventry, the city’s cathedral is the backdrop to a weekend Gin Festival.

Food festival season kicks off in earnest, with four great events being held in the West Midlands. The inaugural  Independent Birmingham Festival, Ludlow Spring Festival (particularly for real ale fans) Alcester and Warwick Food Festivals will have all the locations buzzing with local producers, cafes and restaurants taking part.

Sate your  cultural appetite by joining  Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer’s Kitchen for an evening of deathly facts and food at the Midlands Arts Centre, or taste English wines while watching Four Weddings and A Funeral at The Electric cinema.

A Spanish festival or burger pop-up in Birmingham at Amantia and The Plough will get you into the party spirit, and special events include a one-off Pudding Club with five desserts from Sweet As in Leamington Spa to indulge in, plus the launch of a new monthly Sip + Supper Club in Stratford upon Avon.

Wherever you go and whatever you consume I hope that you have a marvellous May!