Saturday, 16 April 2016

Foodies Festival Returns to Birmingham!

After a cracking debut last year, Foodies Festival is returning to Cannon Hill Park Birmingham this summer from 3rd-5th  June, with plenty of culinary attractions to keep you busy all weekend.

You can buy things, try things, watch a chef demo (with celebrities and local culinary personalities alike) or just chill out in the sunshine (pleeeassee let there be sunshine!) with a coffee or a cocktail and just while away the day as one long epicurean episode unfolds in front of you….. 

With plenty for adults and a children’s area in situ, the whole festival is family friendly which makes for a fun day out whatever your age.

So, to whet your appetite, here is a little overview of what you can expect over the weekend:

Cook - Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre
This year's festival sees Birmingham's culinary elite and The Great British Bake-Off  2015 winner Nadiya Hussain cooking live  in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, showcasing their culinary skills, sharing insight into 2016’s food trends and answering questions from the audience.

Chefs taking part include (more TBC): 

Nadiya Hussain
Photo:  c/o Foodies Festival

- Nadiya Hussain – The Great British Bake Off Winner 2015
- Aktar Islam - Lasan Group & Great British Menu
- Richard Turner - Turners (Michelin starred)
- Brad Carter - Carters (Michelin starred)
- Nathan Eades - Simpsons (Michelin starred)
- Ryan Swift - The Edgbaston
- Tony Rodd - MasterChef Finalist 2015

- Andy Waters - Waters Restaurant
- Ben Tennent - Opus Restaurant 

- Katy Beskow - Little Miss Meat Free
- James Wong - Chung Ying
- Nigel Brown - Celebrity Chef
- Dhruv Baker - MasterChef Winner 2010
- Jackie Kearney - The Hungry Gecko and MasterChef Finalist 2011

Discover – Feel Good and Superfoods
Visitors can enjoy a new 'Feel Good Foods' theme at Foodies Festival this summer, with healthy living chefs and food writers joining the line-up to cook with superfoods including kefir, lucuma, freekeh, kelp and banana flour, and sirt rich foods such as blueberries, kale, celery, buckwheat, turmeric, chilli and red onion.

Indulge – Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room
Bake-Off winner Nadiya joins baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti on the Cake & Bake stage, working their baking wizardry to inspire visitors to reach for their spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes. A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village will be selling freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and trifles to enjoy with a bubble tea or fresh juice.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen, and vintage music for ambience.

Feast – Street Food Avenue
With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue - Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer.

There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ.  Brazil’s national cocktail Caipirinha, a mix of lime, sugar and Cachaça (made from sugarcane juice with an ABV of 48%), and Brazilian coffees will also be available.

Shop – Artisan Producers Market
A glittering array of Great Taste Award winners are available to shop and sample from this year, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink – a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, learn their story and stock up on award winning produce. With over 120 stalls to peruse at each festival, selling everything from Seaweed Seasoning to Champagne Infused Fudge, visitors will be spoilt for choice for what to eat at the festival and take home to enjoy. 


Sip - Drinks Theatre
Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials.

Visitors can test their taste buds with blindfolded whisky challenges, where they will have to taste and smell to try and identify ingredients and country of origin. These classes are also a great opportunity for novices to learn about whisky and its history.

Explore - Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon.  Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.

Spice It Up - Chilli-Eating Challenge
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world's hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.

Photo:  c/o Foodies Festival

Relax – Live Music and Pop-Up Bars
After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm's Teapot or double-decker BarBus.



If you want to get a flavour of last year’s event, then take a look at my review here

Should Birmingham not be on your doorstep or if you can’t make the festival, then take a look at the other towns across the UK that will be hosting and that will have a similar line up of exhibitors.

To make it all the more irresistible, I have a special 2 for 1 offer on tickets, see details below for more information. 

Hope to see you all there and let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather!

Disclosure:  All queries for the 2 for 1 ticket offer must be made directly with the festival organisers, using the telephone number given.  All ticket purchases must be purchased via the telephone number given.  Word In Veg Ways will not be responsible for any aspect of the offer and/or ticket purchasing.


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