Two popular independent food and drinks venues in Birmingham city centre are to appear for the first time at this year’s Colmore Food Festival.
Michelin starred Adam’s on Waterloo Street and Great Western Arcade-based Loki Wine will be among the 30 restaurants, bars and hotels offering tempting taster dishes at the annual celebration of the city’s food and drink.
Colmore Food Festival will be returning to Victoria Square in the city centre for the eighth time on Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7.
The festival, which attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year, is organised by Colmore BID, the Business Improvement District for the Colmore Row area.
Adam’s and Loki will be alongside Colmore Business District favourites Opus, Hotel du Vin, Purnell’s, Zen Metro and The Old Joint Stock, among many other fantastic restaurants, cafés and bars.
Celebrated chef and TV host Glynn Purnell will help launch the festival before hosting cookery demonstrations on the Kitchen Stage.
This year’s Colmore Food Festival is on a mission to become one of the most sustainable events in Birmingham new food and coffee recycling initiatives and a target of zero waste to landfill - plus a ban on plastic straws.
How does it work? What's the cost?
The festival is free to enter and people simply pay for the dishes or drinks they want at each of the stalls.
Each of the taster dishes costs no more than £4, which means visitors can try the different menu options on offer at more than 30 stalls without breaking the bank.
What food is on offer this year?
Aloo Chana Chaat
Chilli Garlic Chicken Tikka
Calicut Lamb Biryani
Punk IPA Draught
Blue Moon Draught
Crab Satay, Coriander, Ginger
Mango, Thai Green Curry, Coconut
100gr Beef - Beef Empanada
Wraps - Half a wrap with 2 salads
Falafel, Hummus, Tabbouleh, Crunchy Carrot & Pickled Red Cabbage
Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach with a Harissa & Yogurt Dressing
Cajun Chicken, Cheddar, Tomato, Rocket & Aioli
Salads - Pick 4
Mexican Grilled Corn
Cumin Roasted Cauliflower & Spiced Chickpeas with a Lemon-Tahini Dressing
Beetroot, Weer Potato & Pumpkin Seed with Silken Tofu, Lemon & Cinnamon Dressing
Tomato & Jalapeno
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne
Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco
Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato
Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc
Gerard Bertrand Picpoul de Pinet
Feudi San Gregorio Albente
San Marzano ‘Talo’ Primitivo
Don David Tannat
Zero-G MT Orange Wine
Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rose
Red, White and Rose sangria
Daube of Pork - served with caramelised apple puree, crispy shallots and watercress
Mr Purnell’s Soft Scoop Cone - with Strawberry Cream and Violet Ice Cream
Dead Red Zombie - Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Wray and Nephew, Grand Marnier, lime, pineapple, cranberry, zombie mix, smoke
Wimbledon - Ketel One vodka, Briottet Fraise, strawberry, cream
The Walking Red (Mocktail) - cranberry, pineapple, passionfruit, raspberry, glitter
Eggy Crumpets - crumpets dipped in secret recipe egg mix, on a base of chilli jam and topped with grilled halloumi
Zen Metro Thai Restaurant and Bar
Beef Red Curry with Jasmine Rice
Spicy Wok Chicken
Stir Fry Noodles Chicken or Veg
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri - Bacardi Carta Blanca Wild Strawberry, Lime
Johnny Cash - Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Sour Cherry, Lemon
Thyme For Pimms - Thymes infused Bombay Sapphire, Pimms, Raspberry, Vanilla
The Old Contemptibles
Toad in the Hole with Speciality Sausages:
Pork, Gin & Tonic
Black Pudding & Apple
Lamb & Apricot
Beef & Horseradish
Served with Yorkshire Pudding with Mash and Gravy
The Old Joint Stock
Mini Steak & Ale Pie, Caramelised Shallots, Button Mushrooms and Thyme
Mini Chicken Tikka Piie, Coconut, Coriander & Toasted Almonds Nuts
Mini Sweet Potato & Mature Stilton Pie, Wilted Spinach, Nutmeg, Baby Onions & Rosemary
All Pies Served with Mash & Rich Red Wine Gravy
Old Joint Stock Chocolate Brownie with Pouring Cream