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

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

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

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

Festive food and drink events

December 2017 events

There is a very obvious theme to December’s events and it is unavoidably CHRISTMAS!

With markets, fairs and winter food festivals to pick up gifts and an après ski pop-up, you’ll find a host of festive food and drink events to enjoy in December.

It all starts this weekend with the Winter Seasonal Market at The Bond, Kington Winter Food Festival and Christmas Food & Craft Fair at Weston Park.

Next week the Christmas spirit continues with a Festive Fayre at Farmers Fayre, Victorian Christmas Market in Stratford upon Avon and Apres Ski Lodge pop-up in Birmingham.

Over in Worcester there is a festive tasting at Becketts Farm and Christmas Fair at Waylands Yard to put in your diaries.

Spring into new events for April

April 2017 events

Tomorrow I will be sampling ALL the gin at a festival in Leamington and kicking off a month of events in April. Also on:

Guy Day

Weston Park is wishing a fond farewell to their head chef Guy Day with two special demos and tastings.

The Alchemist Birmingham

Whiskey fans will be torn between sinking a few drams at The Plough or The Alchemist who both have tastings on.

Seasons restaurant Leamington Spa

You can’t go wrong pairing craft beer with Aubrey Allen steaks, so head over to The Star & Garter in Leamington to meet the brewer too. Still in the spa town, enjoy tapas and raise funds for autism at the Season’s restaurant tapas and quiz night.

Yumlaut sausage

At Warwick Kitchen, Price’s Spices are hosting their first restaurant pop-up and  in the Custard Factory you’ll find street food fans tucking into everything from German sausages to curries, these are both brand new events.


You’ll have to wait until the end of April to show off your chilli-eating skills at Eastnor Castle’s Chilli Festival.

My top tips for what to do are always popular, so as usual please check with the venues on ticket availability and enjoy filling your bellies!