Some of the country's best loved celebrity chefs have announced they will be attending the approaching Taste of Birmingham four-day summer al fresco festival.
The event being held at Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, from July 5-6, will see a number of renowned chefs take to the stage, with the July 6 afternoon session opened by Antony Worrall Thompson.
He will be followed by Aldo Zilli and Channel 4's Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall from River Cottage.
The evening session will be opened by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, followed by Brian Turner and Jean Christophe Novelli, who will be centre stage on July 7 and 8.
Taste of Birmingham is being run by Taste Festival Limited, a company co-owned by Channel 4 and Brand Events Limited. The Birmingham event, which is supported by The Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail, is one of five in the country with other locations including Edinburgh, Dublin, London and Bath.
Visitors will be able to taste food from the region's top restaurants including Al Faisals, Aria at the Hyatt, Bank, Hotel du Vin, The Oriental, San Carlo, Simpsons, Thai Edge, and Wongs.
In addition, they can sample new and unusual cuisine, chat with top chefs in an interactive environment, learn about and sample food and support local producers.
As well as a chance to watch the featured celebrity chefs in action, some of Birmingham's participating restaurants will lend their own well established chefs to the event.
The chefs taking part include Luke Tipping from Michelin-starred Simpsons, Stephen Wood from Bank, David Colcombe from Opus as well as chefs from Thai Edge, Fillini, Lasan and Deolali. As well as the expert advice on offer, Taste of Birmingham will feature wine tasting at The Wine Experience, a chance to sample beers at the Speciality Beer Masterclass, a chance to buy local produce at the Producer's Market or enjoy summer drinks at the Citi Cafe, while indulging in Opus Restaurant’s delicious pastries.
Relaxing music and free pampering experiences have also been planned and Jools Holland’s The Jam House will be providing smooth tunes and entertainment throughout alongside acts from the Birmingham Jazz Festival.
A spokeswoman for the food festival said: "Tickets are selling 10 times quicker than they were last year, so early booking is advisable for what is bound to be a fantastic day out."
* Channel 4 presents Taste of Birmingham, supported by The Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail and sponsored by Lloyds TSB CarSelect, at Cannon Hill Park from July 5-8.
The four-day event allows visitors to sample signature dishes from 20 of the region's finest restaurants including Opus, Simpsons, Deolali and San Carlo, as well as watch demonstrations from the likes of Jean-Christophe Novelli, Brian Turner and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. There is also a producers' market, wine and beer tasting academies and live music from The Jam House. A fantastic day out.
For tickets and further information go to channel4.com/taste or book on 0870 060 3785. Book early as tickets for some sessions are already selling out.
To vote for your favourite restaurant in the Best Service, Best Business Lunch and Best Family Restaurant categories, click here. One lucky entrant, who will be drawn at random, will win a pair of tickets to the event's VIP launch on July 5.