Monday, 17 August 2015

My Top 15 Veggie Foods at Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2015

I can’t believe it’s been almost 12 months since the last Birmingham Independent Food Fair!  Where has the time gone?!

And whilst those that attended have been enjoying the memories of last year’s event, organiser Ahmed Ahmed has been busy planning 2015’s Fair.

Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2014
Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

The main change is that the event is now spread over 2 days across the weekend of 12 & 13 September.  With currently 40+ traders signed up to participate and more in the pipeline, it promises something for everyone with food and drink representing all corners of the globe yet having a geographical common bond that they are all from the Birmingham area.

I find food festivals a great opportunity to explore what’s new and to see maybe what I’ve been missing out on.  As a vegetarian especially, I always feel quite gratified if I come across a new find at a festival it gives me that “I’m glad I came” kind of a feel.

Another change this year is that the ticket prices are lower, and are just for entry.  This means it's up to you to go around and discover which treats you want to spend your cash on once you're in there.

Reviewing the list of traders due to participate, they are all worth checking out with many (such as Henley Chocolates and Platinum Pancakes) that I am acquainted with already and with whom I look forward to catching up with, as well as new foodie peps that I am keen to find out more about and sample their wares!

So here’s my selection of 15 traders that I have got veggie treats planned for their stalls and who are flying the flag for Birmingham whilst uniquely expressing their diversity through the medium of food:

Photo:  c/o Nibbles Corner
Nibbles Corner
Who doesn’t like Mac n Cheese?  It’s the go-to in comfort food for rainy teatimes and cold wintery days.  Whilst this is also a predictable veggie option, if pimped up to your spec it will make you want to re-visit this old classic with fresh inspiration!  Using a variety of new toppings such as spinach & sundried tomatoes and having locally sourced cheese on hand, it’s been given a make-over well worth a try.   

The Southern Oven

Recreating  a New Orleans street food vibe in a Mardi Gras themed marquee no less is what the team at Southern Oven are offering.  Sweet Iced Teas and (hopefully) veggie Louisiana Po’Boy sandwiches will be on offer guaranteeing a taste of the Deep South.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways
Chung Ying

Mmm, I love Chung Ying food – their Cantonese dim sum are gorgeous and always something for veggies – so go grab one or three to try!

Photos:  Word In Veg Ways
Le Truc

The team at Le Truc are very pro-veggies and will always be able to rustle something up for any of their veggie patrons and their adorable creations are definitely worth checking out.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

Photo:  All Greek Deli

All Greek Deli

I could spend ages perusing the shelves at their Stephenson Street shop but what I love is their baklava and the fact that they sell halva by weight!  Never tried halva?  Now’s your chance!!

Mama Eti’s

Although based in Bournville, Mama Eti’s offers Indonesian food.  A unique chance to try something different which isn’t always readily available.  They will also be selling spices, chutneys etc to try at home too.

Crave de Taste

A community interest company from Hockley, they will be offering vegetarian and vegan fare using organic produce where possible to recreate the flavours of Jamaican cooking.

Penang Café

With Malaysian food increasing in popularity, here’s an opportunity to see why that is so.  Amongst many other dishes, I’m keen to taste their Malaysia Brulee dessert!

Photo:  Shake That Ting
Shake That Ting

For those who are young or young at heart, milkshakes and smoothies form the basis of this fun trader.  So if you’re not counting the calories, there are treats a-plenty!

Photo:  Moorish Bar
Moorish Bar

Fusing  Middle Eastern/North African food traits together, the Moorish Bar has falafel wraps, hummous and salads to name a few for those in search of something a little exotic.  Rounded off with a cup of Arabian coffee, you’ll have a food souk right in front of your eyes!


Everyone’ s loving tapas right now with Amantia joining the  city’s food scene recently, I’m already sold on their aubergine fritters with honey!

Pan Piano

Mediterranean with a hint of Asia Minor influence leads to flatbreads with pomegranate, halloumi and other goodies at this Turkish/Greek stall.

Greens Vegan Catering

A magnet for all vegans, Greens offer speciality scones, curries and salsas.

Photo:  Vegan Grindhouse
The Vegan Grindhouse

A favourite at many of the local streetfood events, they have built up quite a following with food enjoyed by vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike.


Vietnamese food has become more prominent in recent years and Thuy Pham will be bringing along her Dragon Fruit Crunchies for sampling.  A delicious opportunity to try this fruit if you haven’t done so already.

For more information about the event, please visit:

Note:  All traders featured have been selected by choice and no incentive has been given to promote them.  All photographs have been credited accordingly.

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