Food For Thought: The Hand That Feeds. A musical about food crime. 



There’s nothing quite like theatre to provide a platform for challenging issues and creating awareness. That intimacy you can have with the performance, the feeling of watching something evolve, live and breathe. Inside it’s power can resonate, outside the elements of weather, sounds and audience can bring a new dimension to the script. 

That’s why this free musical is something I would like to bring to your attention. 



The Hand that feeds is a musical about food crime, which is fraud at any stage in the production or supply of food and drink. It follows the story of Robbie, a regular guy who comes to realise the impact of his role in the food supply chain and the difference he can make. It’s a fun and energetic performance that addresses really interesting and important issues. The production was created with the input of the food supply network in Birmingham and stars Castle Vale Community Choir, alongside professional actor-musicians.

There are free, outdoor performances on Saturday 10th June in Castle Vale and on Tuesday 13th June at 1pm in Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre-ideal lunch break fodder if you work in the city!

#StopFoodCrime

https://www.facebook.com/newoptimists/

The press release outlines the issue in more detail: 

‘The Hand That Feeds’ is a theatrical song cycle about food crime. Food crime, which involves fraud at any stage in the production or supply of food or drink, is a widespread and growing problem that affects us all. The project was conceived of by Kate Cooper, founder of The New Optimists: a forum for regional scientists.

‘The Hand That Feeds’ is composed by Sara Colman and written by Mez Packer. It follows the story of Robbie, “a hardworking family man” raised in Birmingham who comes to realise the impact of his role in the food supply chain and the difference he can make.

The project aims to raise public awareness of the issues and the widespread implications of food crime — both locally and nationally — and to create a platform for discussion. The New Optimists’ conviction is that a fun arts-based events can have a big impact in enabling a wider audience to engage in social matters, such as food crime, where the role of science, here the forensics of food fraud, play a big part in making our world a better place.

The content iwas built with people from across the food supply network in Birmingham, the largest economic sector in the city. As well as the core professional actor- musicians, The New Optimists are working with Castle Vale Community Choir, who will be the ensemble for the piece.

Professor Chris Elliott, who led the Government review into the integrity and assurance of our food supply network after the horsemeat scandal, and who coined the term ‘food crime’, is the Scientific Advisor on the project.

The free, outdoor performances of ‘The Hand That Feeds’ are taking place on / at:

Saturday 10th June: 12pm near St Cuthberts Church, Caste Vale, B35 7PL

&

Tuesday 13th June at 1pm in Victoria Square, B1 1BB

Audiences are encouraged to follow the conversation both in the run up to and during the live shows with #StopFoodCrime.

Founder Kate Cooper said: “The New Optimists is a forum of top-notch regional scientists from diverse scientific disciplines, keen to make our world a better place. Their work matters and The New Optimists is about getting their work — and their informed perspective — in on decision-making. This musical is one of many ways to do so.”

Join in the conversation and #StopFoodCrime

http://newoptimists.com

Facebook: https:// http://www.facebook.com/newoptimists Twitter: @newoptimists

Let’s hope the sun shines for them! 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

#TastyMorsels: Veggie/Vegan friendly Happenings and new openings.


Frais Healthy cafe and juice bar in Shirley on the Solihull, Birmingham border has a Vegan pop up night on the 9th June from 7.30pm.



They are also serving Vegetarian and Vegan breakfasts every weekend from £5.99. Dependent on the size ordered. 

Frais is an excellent spot for veggies and vegans with plenty of options on their menu. 

Well worth checking out. 

https://www.frais.co.uk/

You can find them at Stratford Road Parkgate in Shirley. B90 3GG.

Call 0121-439 1718 to Book for vegan pop up. 

Full Details below. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1898949673654275??ti=ia 

The extremely talented and dynamic Katy Beskow has a new Vegan cook book out. Called 15 minute vegan it is just this. Recipes for a modern age in super quick time. 

There are 100 recipes in the collection plus tips on preparation, store cupboard ingredients and an introduction to vegan cooking. Recipes include breakfasts, light bites, mains, essentials and sweet stuff. 

Her blog http://littlemissmeatfree.com/ is wonderful. 

You can also catch her at The Foodies Festival in Birmingham on the 24tth June at 12pm, demonstrating dishes from her new book which can be brought from the usual outlets. 

The Birmingham festival is at Canon Hill Park from the 23-25 June. 

http://foodiesfestival.com/birmingham/

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/foodiesfestival?_ga=2.5260659.1985093644.1495532625-1125363770.1495532589

The Brum Brewing Company’s Tap Room is open for the first time on Friday 2nd June 4-8pm and Saturday 3rd 12-5pm. All Brum Brewing Co’s beers are unfined and Vegan Friendly. 

Based in Stirchley, Brum Brewing Co is Birmingham’s newest Real Ale and craft beer brewery. 

The tap room will have Bitter Brummie on cask and Pale Brummie on cask and keg for starters. 

Wine and soft drinks will also be served. 

Next month you can check out their IPA and experimental brew. 

http://www.birminghambrewingcompany.co.uk/ and sign up for their mailing for updates. 

You can also catch them at Kings Heath Streetfood Market on the second Saturday of every month.

This of course is next Saturday 10th June. Full line up yet to be confirmed. 

Dates for the tap room opening are Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July,  28th July and 29th July, 25th and 26th August, 22nd and 23rd September. 

Cans of their beer are stocked in Connollys  in the city centre and Stirchley Wines. 



20th-22nd July is The Brum Vegan Beer and Food Festival. Watch this space for more details and full line up.  The festival also coincides with Birmingham Beer Week. 

It’s a great event. 



The Colmore Food Festival returns from the 30th June-1st July. Held in Victoria Square. 

If you haven’t been it’s a fab free admission weekend for veggie foodies with all the top Colmore Business district restaurants and cafes present. 

Plenty of good value Vegetarian dishes from the likes of Asha’s, Chung Ying Central, Opus Restaurant, Jojalapa, and Zen Metro among others. 

Cocktails from Bar Opus, and The Alchemist, Beer from The Wellington and Pure Bar, plus coffee from 200 Degrees. Hotel Du Vin and Purnells Bistro will also be there for the drinks. 

Plus demos from Glyn Purnell, Aktar Islam and others and live music. 

All taster dishes are available for £4 or less. Admission Is free. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/731144610388143??ti=ia

A real celebration of Birmingham. 

See you there. 


This Sunday 4th June is the first Tamworth Vegan Fair at The Castle Hotel in the town. 

It’s Free entry with 30 fab stalls, best vegan caterers and talks. Check out amongst others, The Vegan Pizza Company, The Vegan Cakery, The May Bakery, Sicily to Seattle, and The Ginger Cow UK and Chaat Man. Plus cakes from The Vegan Cakery. 

 It’s from 10.30-4pm. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

All Photos courtesy of places mentioned. With thanks. 

Fancy a veggie pie? Pieminister arrives in Birmingham. 


Pies are an indulgence I think of often, but sadly eat infrequently. Possibly because it’s so hard to find a decent veggie pie, they’re usually an afterthought on menus and have an oh so soggy bottom and boring filings. Until now maybe? 

Open last week small and fun award winning chain Pieminister specialises in the small things of beauty that’s a welcome addition to the Birmingham food scene. Open seven days a week you can grab a coffee, lunch, takeaway or eat from a more extensive evening menu. 

Pieminister is a family business and uses high quality, ethically sourced ingredients. 

With plenty of Vegetarian pies on the menu Pieminister will be a popular haunt for an indulgent and warming feast on those cool summer days. (You know we have them in Birmingham) 

The menu includes four Veggie pies from the Heidi, (also a gluten free option) Saag Pie-Neer ( see what they’ve done there!) and the Wild Shroom. Again clever,  this one with Asparagus. 

There’s also a Summer Pie Special, the Feta Attraction which is Feta, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and chick peas, served with a Tzatziki dip ( try with a side of sweet potato fries) 

Which is part of the pie for a pie campaign. Which means that every time you buy a pie off the list Pieminister will donate a pie on your behalf to U.KHarvest. Which aims to deliver good food to 10,000 vulnerable people across the U.K. This summer. 

Also Veggie are the Skillets. These tasty sounding dishes are pies without the pastry. 

The Meany Bean is Vegan friendly, with butternut squash, mixed bean chilli and crispy potatoes with Jalapeños. Plus Peas and Love. A pea and paneer concoction with spinach, and cauliflower. A curry in other words served with a Bombay potato top. 

Sides include Mash, Peas and gravy to Summer slaw, salads and fries.

Plus on weekends a Veggie Munch Brunch Pie of smoked cheese, Veg sausage, chestnut mushrooms, poached egg, tomato, halloumi and potato hash on top. Wow! 

They are thankfully working on a Vegan pie which hopefully won’t be long in the making with vegan friendly pastry. Yay! 

Get a move on! 

For full menu see below. 

Inside find a stripped back interior and bare brick walls and a nice view of the cathedral from its Waterloo street location. 

Next to Adams if you want to know. They don’t do pies there so it’s ok! 

Also cocktails (2-1 before 7 and after 9.30) and beers such as Pieministers very own Pie PA are available and coffee and tea to wash them down. 

Plus a kids menu is available and puddings including toffee apple ice cream pie and Glastonbury Mud ice cream pie. 

All Veggie Pies are Vegetarian Society approved, bravo! 

Thanks for reading and see you there for a pie fix! 

The difficulty is in the decision which one to have.

After all they are the stars! 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

As a footnote Pieminister is the only pie company to use British Free Range meat. Yay! 

Pieminister, 16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham. B2. 0121-285-3743.

http://www.pieminister.co.uk/restaurants/birmingham

https://www.facebook.com/pieministeruk

http://www.pieminister.co.uk/pieforapie/

All photos courtesy of Pieminister with thanks. 

The Vegan Grindhouse present Kings Heath Vegan Market: Sunday 21st May. 


If you love street food and don’t eat meat  then this is music to those meat free bones. 

On Sunday 21st The Vegan Grindhouse presents a Kings Heath Vegan Market is a showcase of great food and entertainment washed down by delicious vegan friendly beer from Twisted Barrel Ales.

Drumroll: 

On offer will be Street Food from The Vegan Grindhouse, Bare bones Pizza, Pietanic, Mex it up and Michaels Caribbean. 

Plus cold food from Vork Pie, Vegetropolis and Rachel’s cake delights. 

***FULL LINE-UP***

Hot Food Traders:
The Vegan Grindhouse by Vegan Vox

Mex It Up

Bare Bones Pizza

Pietanic

Michael’s Caribbean Storehouse

Cold Food Traders:

Vork pie

Vegetropolis

Rachel’s Cake Delights – Vegan & No Gluten Containing Ingredients

The May Bakery

Butterbelle

Cakes & ish

Raw Organic Kay

Drinks:

Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery and Tap House

The Happy Gut Hut

Charity/Information/Outreach:

Grace’s Rest

Birmingham Vegans Group

Hillfields Animal Sanctuary

Cats Protection

Green Badger Crafts

Other:

Wikaniko

WEAR YOUR VOICE

Emma Eden Vintage Clothing

As a bonus it will include The Kitchen Garden Art Market showcasing work by local artists. Plus local bands curated by The Kitchen Garden. 

All proceeds go to Grace’s Rest an animal rescue and educational service. 

A fantastic feast of Vegan food which is I hope will be rewarded by some tempting outdoor warm weather. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1864612977123613/

From 12-5 on Sunday 21st May Kings Heath is the place to be. 

For the full press release see below: 

BIRMINGHAM’S ALL-VEGAN STREET FOOD EVENT IN KINGS HEATH THIS SUNDAY                                 

 This Sunday, 21st May 2017, Birmingham serves up an all-vegan street food market at Kings Heath Village Square.

Kings Heath Vegan Market, the only 100% vegan street food event in the region, will feature dishes freshly cooked by leading street food chefs, showcasing entirely vegan menus from around the world.

Kings Heath BID and Kitchen Garden Cafe are collaborating with leading Midlands street food company, The Vegan Grindhouse to host the event on Sunday 21st May, from 12-5pm, Kings Heath Village Square, All Saints Centre, 2 Vicarage Road, Birmingham B14 7RA.

 The street food lineup includes The Vegan Grindhouse with vegan handmade burgers and jumbo hotdogs; Mex It Up; Bare Bones Pizza, plus Caribbean, pie & mash and raw vegan desserts.

As well as all the street food, local all-vegan brewery Twisted Barrel Ales are bringing the vegan beers, and there will be stall with organic fruit and vegetables from Vegetropolis, animal-friendly clothing and cosmetics, a fermented drinks bar from The Happy Gut Hut, and a range of vegan and gluten-free cakes and desserts.

The event is supporting Grace’s Rest, a not-for-profit organisation that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes animals in crisis.

 Lisa Burbidge-Brown, Co-Owner of The Vegan Grindhouse and prominent vegan blogger said,

“We are thrilled to be bringing back this popular event to Kings Heath. It’s a great way to showcase quality meat-free street food and raise money for a good cause at the same time, and now the event is all-vegan it’s even more exciting!”

“There’s some amazing vegan street food in Birmingham, from some of the most popular street food chefs. More people are looking to reduce or eliminate their meat intake due to health, environmental or ethical reasons and this is a great opportunity for people to try exciting new vegan food and see why going meat-free is a viable alternative diet and lifestyle.”

 “This year we have teamed up with Kings Heath BID and The Kitchen Garden Cafe – who will be bringing an arts market and live music to the event.”

 So get down to Kings Heath Village Square on Sunday 21st May for a day of plant-based family fun at Kings Heath Vegan Market.

For up to date information in the run up to the event and for the full street food lineups follow @vegangrindhouse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

My blog Veggie Foodie has been shortlisted for a Midland Food, Drink and Hospitality award (Best Food and drinks blogger) You can vote for me via this link. Scroll down for blogger shortlist. 

http://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now/

There’s also an opportunity via the same link to vote for the best veggie/Vegan restaurant. 

Thank you. 😊


Veggie Foodie shortlisted for the Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards 2017 Best Food and Drink blogger category.


I’ve just found out that myself and my blog  Have been shortlisted for the Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards 2017. 

This is a tremendous honour for me as I’m the only Vegetarian Food blogger to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. 

Now I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but I need your votes as it’s the public that vote for the winner from the nominations in each category. 

The awards cover every conceivable area that’s food and drink related and has nominations and a final shortlist from all over the region. 

The food and drinks blogging sector in Birmingham in particular is huge and growing fast. 

There are many fabulous bloggers in the region. Their blogs are an inspiration to me so I feel blessed to be nominated with some of them. 

It should be a good few weeks of voting.

The full list of categories can be found via the link below and there is also a category for best vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Feel free to vote in as many categories as you wish. 


http://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now/

Thanks for reading and thanks for your support without which I wouldn’t be blogging and wouldn’t have been shortlisted. 

Andy 😊

http://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now/



Stirchley Summer Vegan Fair line up. Sunday 7th May



This is the full line up for the Stirchley Summer Vegan Fair tomorrow. 

All these fantastic stalls will be at the Stirchley Summer Vegan Fair this Sunday:

Caterers

ChangeKitchen CIC 
Mex It Up 

Greens Vegan Catering 

Up Raw Catering 

De Fruit Bar 

Raw Organic Kay 

Global Fusion Vegan Creole Bakery 

** Cakes & Confectionery **
The May Bakery 
Debs’ Pantry 

Trishul Raw Chocolate 

Vegan Cake Fairy 

Cakes & ish 

Lakeside Ethical Treats 

Flo’s Kitchen 

The Vegan Food Pod 

Deliciously Honest 

Other Food and Drink:

Go With The Fro 
Annie Mae Cheezy Spreadz 

Nature’s Kitchen 

Butterbelle 

Badgers Dairy & Egg Free 

The Naturally Vegan Food Company 

Jethros Marinades and Sauces 

The Happy Gut Hut 

Besos UK 

Vork pie 

Purely Vegan Store

Clothing and Accessories 

WEAR YOUR VOICE 
Follow The River 

Viva La Vegan 

RogueGypsy 

** Cosmetics & Toiletries ** 
Bohemian Chic Minerals Vegan Cosmetics 
Organik Orangutan 

Clean&Natural 

Eden Perfumes 

Manns Eco Garden 

Bien-être 

** Rescues & Campaigns ** 
Grace’s Rest 
Kozy Katz

Sea Shepherd Supporters UK 

Rudi’s Rescue 

Cats Protection 

Birmingham Animal Action 

Other Stalls:

V Active Cookbooks
Green Badger Arts

Thanks for reading,

Andy 😊

#TastyMorsels: Veggie and Vegan friendly Happenings and new openings. 




Stirchley Vegan Summer Fair is happening this Sunday. With 50+ stalls from cakes and cheese, to animal friendly products including fashion, it’s going to be a good day. ChangeKitchen CIC will be providing the food at Stirchley Baths and Two Towers Brewery the drinks. 

They’ll have a fantastic array of delicious food to tempt you, including BBQ wings, pizza, Thai curry, burgers, their lovely healthy salads & hot & cold drinks. 

Drinks from Two Towers Brewery include:

Baskerville Bitter 3.8% 
Electric Ale 4.1% 

Hockley Gold 4.1% 

Completely Muppetry 4.3%

Vork pies from Nottingham will also be in attendance with their pies including Piri Piri and butternut squash. Hot or cold. 

Veggie Foodie favourites Mex it up will also be there as will Greens Vegan Catering. 

There will also be talks and food demos. 

Photo courtesy of Vork pies

Free entry from 10.30am to 4pm on the 7th May at Stirchley Baths, Stirchley.

Though not a purely Vegetarian restaurant in the slightest Salt has opened in Stratford Upon Avon. It’s a cause for celebration in my book and a restaurant to keep an eye on this year. It’s also completely Kickstarter funded. 

Paul Foster is the head chef. Well known for  his well executed food focusing on seasonal humble ingredients combined with foraged produce and locally picked herbs which become gastronomically pleasing, 

Initially from Coventry he had recently been the head chef of Mallory Court bear Leamington Spa but did wonders before at Tuddenhan Mill in Suffolk. 

Salt always have a separate veggie menu available which has a tasting menu and a 2 choice 3 course option. The dinner menu is £32 for three courses and £25 for two. The tasting menu is £57. 

Dishes such as slow cooked celeriac, black garlic, sprouting broccoli and pickled shallots and Wye Valley Asparagus and pea salad, Truffled goats curd, sourdough.

Also on tasting menu is a salt baked beetroot and seed and grain risotto with pickled and confit shallot and a Asparagus with lovage oil and crispy panko.

 Sounds delicious. 

For full menus below: 

Thanks to Paul for sending me the menu photo.

One to keep an eye on and on my hit list to visit this year. 

Salt is now open on Church Street in Stratford Upon Avon. 

https://www.salt-restaurant.co.uk/

Wahaca is set to open in Birmingham on 13 Temple Street later this year which is great news for Veggies as their menus are full of tempting Mexican veggie friendly choices. I’m getting a season ticket.

He’s my review from London last year: 

https://t.co/ZGOYLI9ovf

Watch this space for more details later this year. 


50% off all Vegetarian and Vegan dishes every Monday at all Soul Food Project Sites. That’s Peel and Stone in Jewellery Quarter and Harborne and The Church pub in Jewellery Quarter. Plus free selected cake with any vegetarian or vegan sandwich. 

Izza Pizza is open at Selfridges. Owned by the guys who run Veggie Foodie favourites Lasan and Raja Monkey. Thin crust pizzas made from special flour imported from Italy. Try their Margherita, and a luxurious one with truffles and mushrooms. Pizzas from £8. 

Also try The Woodhouse pizzeria on Ladypool Road at the old Brighton Arms pub site in Balsall Heath. 

Neoplolitan pizza including traditional pizzas such as Quattro formagi (Four cheeses) and Margherita. 

Plus Vegetariana with San Marzano tomatoes, Mozzarella, aubergines, peppers, mushrooms and basil and Fileto a white base pizza with cherry tomatoes mozzarella and Basil and Marinara tomatoes, garlic, oregano and basil and the classic Forte with goats cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Lovely! 

There’s also a lovely children’s menu. 

When pizzas are done well there are very few finer things in life with a cool beer. 

http://www.woodhousepizzeria.co.uk/

And veggie superstars Mr Singhs are opening up in Wolverhampton. Watch this space. 

Lucky Wolves. 

It’s also National Vegetarian Week from the 15th-21st May. Stay tuned for more. 



Oh and Guinness has just become Vegan and Veggie Friendly! Hurray. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

#SupportLocal!:Vegetables in a league of their own at Opus Restaurant. 


Spring brings delight. You know Spring has sprung when the first British early season Asparagus is viewed in markets and on supermarket shelves. When I’ve  eaten one bunch I’m ready for the next.  In restaurants I feel it’s compulsory to devour Asparagus hungrily if it’s on the menu. 

That’s why Opus restaurant source theirs from Local Worcestershire farms, the heart of Asparagus country and the beginning of the delicious season of celebrating vegetables in the U.K which stretches to the end of the year. 

Opus Restaurants new Spring Vegetarian Menu demonstrates that vegetables are much more than side dishes. 

Try dishes such as British early season Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce and poached egg, light goats cheese mousse in a crispy filo basket 

Plus mains like rich Wild Mushroon Wellington, white onion purée and seasonal vegetables. 

All using the freshest homegrown local produce from local farms in Worcestershire, Leicestershire and surrounding areas. 

Sample menu: 

http://www.opusrestaurant.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Vegetarian-Menu.pdf

#SupportLocal!

Two courses for £25 and 3 courses for £30.

Opus Restaurant have also introduced a tasting menu.  This is priced at £45 per person. Menu below. 


This July sees the return of one of the best Vegetarian nights in Birmingham. The Source Dinner Series of events is well known to showcase homegrown and sourced produce from wine, meat, fish and potatoes amongst other things and the vegetables is rightly given equal billing. 

Growing vegetables is a labour of love, trust me I know. From seed to the fully fledged and edible time can go slowly by. It’s labour intensive and demonstrates love, pride and passion for the earth and the produce itself. 

At The Opus Vegetarian dinner with Worcester Produce you can enjoy the freshest produce over five courses with wines to match for £65 per person. You also get to meet the farmers and producers who grow the veg, fruit and salad which make this event special. 

The produce is grown at Worcester Produce and other local farms across the Vale of Evesham and picked on day one and on the plate in day two.

‘We only supply hand-picked produce that has been nurtured by local farmers, grown with pride and delivered fresh from local fields.’

It’s a lovely night and well worth supporting the producers and Opus and eating some delicious Vegetarian food made from the produce. 

The Vegetarian Source Dinner is on Friday 14th July and Is £65 pp please call 0121-200-2323 for reservations and details. 


Remember #SupportLocal#

Thanks for reading, 

Andy😊

Precious Reviews of Opus Restaurant’s vegetarian menu and Vegetarian Source Dinner:

https://t.co/AIpppfvenl

http://t.co/WkopBcpQ9P


Vegetarian Food at Opus Restaurant. 

The first two photos are courtesy of Opus Restaurant. The other three are my own. 

Birmingham Viva Vegan festival: Beer Festival 15th April, Gunmakers Arms, Birmingham.



Beer, Beer, Beer, if you can’t get enough of it then this is for you. If you are a vegan or veggie then even better. 

As part of The Viva Vegan Festival on the 15th April, The Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham is holding a festival of the most excellent quality with a number of local breweries represented. 

The Beer list for the beer fest at Gunmakers Arms on 15th April includes:

Bottle and Can List

Cider list

Two Towers Bottle list 


Cask List 

The beer fest is part of the Birmingham Viva Vegan Festival which is been held at three separate venues: 

The Macdonalds Burlington Hotel at 126 New Street Burlington Arcade, B2 4JQ.

The Studio, 7 Canon Street, B1 5 EP which is off Corporation Street.

The Gunmakers Arms for the beer festival from Noon to midnight and is located at 93 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HJ.

Festival highlights for Saturday 15th April 2017 and not to be missed are:

2 stall venues

150 amazing stalls

15 caterers

Children’s activities in The Studio. 

Cookery demos

Talks 

Vegan beer, wine and cider festival at the Gunmakers Arms

Films

Free Samples

Nutritional advice

Workshops

Yoga

And 10 world food caterers.

Including The Indian Lunchbox for tasty Indian snacks and treats,  The Vegan Society and Almond nut specialists Butterbelle. 

Plus Third Eye in The Studio with Oreo cake. 

The excellent Mex it up are also at The Studio serving their wonderful Burritos. Not to be missed as they are excellent.



The festival will showcase some of the best vegan food in Birmingham and Midlands and not to be missed.

Saturday 15th April 2017, Macdonald Burlington Hotel and The Studio across the road. 10am – 6pm. £3 entry on the door (under 16’s free)

https://www.facebook.com/events/649818158500141/

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

https://www.viva.org.uk/festivals/birmingham-2017

@BirminghamVivaVeganFestival 

Monthly Kings Heath Street Food market returns on Saturday 8th April. 



The Kings Heath Street Food Market officially launches on April 8th, in Kings Heath Village Square and will have a host of beauties for Veggies and Vegan foodies. 

The Kings Heath Street Food market is officially sponsored by Birmingham Brewing Company. A brand new micro Brewery located in Stirchley, all beers are Vegan friendly. 

They will provide a fully stocked and licensed bar at the street food market. 

The Brewery recently launched their Pale Brummie and Bitter Brummie Ales both on offer on the day. 


Food will come from Veggie Foodie favourites Buddha Belly, with their delicious Vegan friendly Thai Yellow Curry and Jasmine Rice, plus Lightly spiced vegetable noodles, and Baked in Brick which serves pizza and flat breads from a converted mini. They were Named Best of the best at the recent British Street Food Awards. 

Dishes from Baked in Brick include: Veggie friendly Margherita pizza, cheesy garlic bread and goats cheese pizza, but no Vegan option it appears. 

Buddha Belly deservedly won the people’s choice award at the British Street Food awards. 

Vegan Thai curry by Buddha Belly 

See my review here: 

https://t.co/xFnVIjQKB9

Other traders on the day include: 

The Middle Feast, Street Chef and Hungry Penguin and Libertine. 

The Middle Feast will have a veggie burnt aubergine and halloumi kebab and Vegan friendly burnt aubergine kibbeh.

All served in a flat bread or gluten free wrap with fresh salad, hot harrisa, applewood smoked yogurt and honeyed nuts and seeds. 

Street chef will have veggie friendly Halloumi fries, handmade mushroom Cajan ketchup and chia seed salad and sweet potato and spinach quesadillas. 

But no vegan option. 

Libertine will have just salted and cheesy fries. The salted verb vegan friendly also. 

Hungry Penguin will have a selection of crepes with selected toppings. 

The Full Menu is: 
(v) – Vegetarian / (ve) – Vegan / (gf) – Gluten Free / (h) – Halal

Buddha Belly:

Marinated crispy Thai chicken with veg noodles – £7/ (£3.5 Taster) (h)

marinated in thai herbs, coated in a crispy batter and served with veg noodles and homemade sauces

 Southern Thai Chicken Curry with Jasmine rice – £6.5 (h)

Succulent chicken, toasted cumin and coriander seed, Jasmine Rice

Southern Thai Vegan Curry with Jasmine Rice – £6 (v) (ve)

#HellaVeg Thai yellow curry with Jasmine Rice

 Lightly Spiced Vegetable Noodles – £4 (v)


 Street Chef 

Chilli chicken quesadillas & black pepper nachos £6 (h)

Halloumi Fries , handmade mushroom cajan ketchup and chia seed salad £6 (v) (gf)

Sweet potato and spinach quesadillas £4.50 (v)

Baked in Brick:

Margherita Pizza (v)

Cheezy Garlic Bread (v)

Goats cheese Pizza (v)

Beef Shin Ragu Calzone

Chorizo Pizza

 Libertine:

Grass Fed Beef Burger – from £7

Buttermilk Chicken Burger – from £7

Salted Fries – £1.50 (v)(ve)

Cheese Fries – £2.50 (v)

Dirty Fries – £3.50

Children’s Burger – £5

 The Middle Feast:

Lebanese chicken kebab with lemon & saffron

Burnt aubergine & halloumi kebab (v)

Burnt aubergine kibbeh (v)(ve)

(All served in a flatbread or gluten free wrap with tons of fresh salad, HOT harissa, applewood smoked yoghurt & honeyed nuts & seeds)

Halloumi Fries (v)

 Hungry Penguin:

Freshly made crepes with a selection of toppings.

The food market replaces KingshEATh from Brum Yum Yum which had run for three years up to last summer. 

The market has now been taken over and run by the All Saints Community Development company who manage the village square. 

Looks a fabulous community event with excellent Vegetarian options. 

See you there. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊