Record crowds of more than 23,000 people attended this year’s CBD Food Festival – the largest since its inception three years ago.
The annual festival in Victoria Square, organised by Colmore Business District (CBD), saw an increase in footfall of around 8,000.
The crowds flocked to sample the food and drink from 27 different venues in Birmingham’s business quarter and watch live cooking demonstrations from chefs such as Glynn Purnell, of Purnell’s, and David Colcombe from Opus. There were also live music performances courtesy of CBD’s participation in the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues festival, as well as performances from CBD’s choir Colmore Chorus.
Held in Victoria Square over two days, attendance was given a boost as temperatures soared to the highest this year.
Tahreen Kutub, CBD events and communications manager, said: “This was our best festival yet and these attendance figures prove that Birmingham’s vibrant food scene is continuing to grow.
“It was fantastic to see some familiar faces, but also lots of first-time visitors trying the variety of tasters from local food and drink venues that are within five minutes’ walk of Victoria Square. This year we have piloted a book of special offers which last until autumn to help encourage visitors to the festival back into the bars, restaurants and cafes in Colmore Business District over the next few months.”
Mr Colcombe, chef director of Opus in Cornwall Street, said: “Having been a part of the CBD Food Festival since the beginning, it was very pleasing to see that the attendance was much higher than ever before.”