The long lunch is back with a vengeance. More than 100 key people from the business community welcomed its return at The Birmingham Post Long Lunch, held yesterday as part of the Taste of Birmingham food festival in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston.
Guests enjoyed a VIP Champagne reception while they listened to speeches from Post editor Marc Reeves; Dave Hodgson, marketing director at Marketing Birmingham, and Chris Hughes, managing director of Brand Events, organisers of the Taste festivals.
They then watched a celebrity cook-off featuring two fellow guests alongside Aldo Zilli and Antony Worrall Thompson, before heading off to enjoy the sights, sounds and food from a dozen of the region’s top restaurants, including Michelin-starred Simpsons, Opus, Malmaison, Lasan and Filini.
Marc Reeves commented: “The idea behind today’s event was simple; we all lead busy, sometimes stressful working lives.
"The working lunch is the perfect opportunity to not only kick back and relax for an hour or two; hopefully guests will have made some great new contacts, renewed old acquaintances and taken a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the office.”
Taste of Birmingham continues at the weekend; tickets are priced from £12 and available on the door or from www.channel4.com/taste