Up to 70,000 foodies tucked into more than 100 restaurant offers during a new Birmingham culinary festival.
The first Birmingham Food Fest came to an end on Sunday after ten days of food and drink themed events across the city.
The gastronomic celebration was run by the city’s leisure tourism programme Visit Birmingham, in association with London Midland, from October 14.
It replaced the former Taste of Birmingham festival, which used to be held in the summer.
Highlights included the launch event in Victoria Square where 15 of the city’s culinary Hidden Gems tantalised visitors’ taste buds with British classics, organic favourites, spicy Thai dishes and traditional French cuisine.
Other popular events on the festival menu included University College Birmingham’s range of cookery events.
The festival also included a unique event where all of Birmingham’s top chefs, including three Michelin star holders, staged a seven-course feast costing £200-a-head.
The city’s Michelin star trio of Luke Tipping, Glynn Purnell and Richard Turner each contributed a course alongside Aktar Islam of Lasan, Andy Waters of Edmunds, David Colcombe of Opus and Steve Love of Loves, inside St Martin’s church in the Bullring.
Emma Gray, director of marketing services for Birmingham Food Fest, said: “There was a growing appetite in the city for a new food festival that would encompass all that Birmingham’s culinary scene represents.”
Throughout the event, the website www.Birminghamfoodfest.com attracted 31,000 visitors and 7,000 restaurant vouchers were downloaded.