Foodies Festival the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Birmingham with a lipsmacking feast at Cannon Hill Park from 3-5th June.
Always a good weekend on the foodie calender, it’s now in its second year in Birmingham after a successful weekend in 2015. With options for Vegetarians and Vegans and friendly for Families it should be a feast of a 3 days.
There are a number of demonstrations, Cook theatres and food stalls to look at.
1. Cook– Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre:
This year’s festival sees Birmingham’s culinary elite and Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussein cooking live in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre,
The full list of chefs showcasing their culinary skills, sharing insight into 2016’s food trends and answering questions from the audience. Chefs taking part include:
– Nadiya Hussain – Great British Bake Off winner,
– Aktar Islam – Lasan Group & Great British Menu
– Richard Turner – Turners (Michelin starred)
– Brad Carter – Carters (Michelin starred)
– Nathan Eades – Simpsons (Michelin starred)
– Ryan Swift
– Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015
– Andy Waters – Waters Restaurant
– Ben Tennent – Opus Restaurant
– Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free (vegan and veggie delights)
– 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.
Festival-goers can also discover the advantages of eating ‘Feel Good Foods’ such as cheese (a source of phenylethylamie – the love drug) and dark chocolate and seaweed (both sources of serotonin – the happy drug) as experts promote their nutritional and emotional benefits with energy, happiness and calm boosting recipes available to take home.
2. 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 whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes.
A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells 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.
3. Feast- Street Food Avenue
With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer. 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 (but not great for veggies) this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ and Rio’s favourite dish Feijoada made from black beans, salted pork, trimmings, smoked sausage and jerk beef, which is cooked in a traditional clay pot. 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 be available.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.foodiesfestival.com
or by calling 0844 995 1111
Friday adult ticket £10.00/£8.00 concession
Saturday/Sunday adult ticket £14.00/£11.00 concession
Three day adult ticket £20.00/£16.00 concession
VIP day ticket £38.00/£35.00 Friday – includes a welcome glass of bubbly, use of the VIP area with private bar and refreshment, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, showguide, and goody bag to take home.
Children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
Please visit http://www.foodiesfestival.com/ for opening times.
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About Foodies Festival:
Foodies Festival launched in 2005 with a single event at an Edinburgh hotel after founder Sue Hitchen noticed a gap in the Edinburgh market for a food festival. Over the last 11 years Foodies Festival has expanded across the UK, and in 2015 celebrated its 10th anniversary with 13 festivals (10 summer and 3 winter events). To date Foodies has welcomed over 2.5 million visitors and helped launch hundreds of new businesses and supported thousands of small producers. Founder Sue runs the family business from Edinburgh with her four daughters, husband and team of 10.
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