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 😊

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Vegetarian street food traders The Indian Lunch Box are at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter this week. 



Make sure you get down to 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter this week as vegetarian Indian street food company The Indian Lunchbox are taking over the kitchen for one week only. 

Street food trader Reena Mistry has a mission to open minds and mouths to tasty, homemade Vegetarian street food. The Indian Lunchbox is all about fresh ingredients and many of the dishes are served traditionally on the streets in India, and have been passed down the family.

Their signature dish is the Double Roti burger- a soft bread bun filled with potato curry, Chevdo (like Bombay mix), chopped onions, peanuts, and a chilli coriander chutney.

Other highlights include Bhel, a dish made with puffed rice, potato, chickpea, and a tangy tamarind sauce, and Pav Bhaji, a mixed vegetable curry. There are also Onion Bhaji’s. 

All these dishes are suitable for Vegans. 

The food will be complimented by the delicious and local Indian Brewery, one of the most recent additions to The Birmingham evolving craft beer scene. 

They will be laying on a selection of their crisp and refreshing craft ales. As well as the highly new Birmingham Lager. If it’s ready in time on draught. 

Established in May 2016 The Indian Lunchbox is a Veggie Foodie rising star and one to watch in 2017. 

The menu’s below: 



1000 Trades can be found at 16 Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
The Indian Lunchbox will be at 1000 Trades from Monday 31st October to Saturday 5th November, serving from 5-10pm Monday- Friday and 1-10pm on Saturday. 

Should be a fantastic week of vegetarian food. 

Thanks for reading, 
Andy 😊

All photos courtesy of Indian Lunchbox and 1000 Trades. 

Look out for The Indian Lunchbox at Streetfood events around the Midlands. Including the new Hawker Yard in the city centre. 

Hawker Yard Birmingham goes Vegan: Sunday 23rd October. 


This Sunday 23rd October Brum Yum Yum and The Vegan Grindhouse by Vegan Vox are re joining forces to bring you Hawker Yard goes Vegan.

The all Vegan street food event in the heart of Birmingham city centre is at Hawker Yard Pershore Street B5 4RR next to The Arcadian. 

From 12-5pm, you can come and eat tasty vegan street food, buy vegan beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, meet like minded people, buy from vegan stalls and find our more about the fabulous work of their chosen animal rescue centre – Grace’s Rest who will receive a percentage of all takings on the day. 


Following on from our two previous joint events with BRUM YUM YUM in Kings Heath which were vegetarian/vegan, that after campaigning this event is now all Vegan. 

If the event  is successful, hopefully a regular Vegan street food market in Birmingham will be hosted. so please bring all of your friends, vegans, vegetarians and not yet vegans. Families and dogs welcome and undercover seating provided. 

If anyone is able to volunteer on the day to hand out flyers outside the Bull Ring, in the Arcadian, Snow Hill and at Grand Central, that would be great and will be rewarded with a free meal!

So support a fantastic event. 

Also appearing at Hawker Yard are The Vegan Pizza company, Sri-Licious with Sri Lankan Street food, all vegan brewery Twisted Barrel ales for Vegan beer, Vegetropolis, for organic fruit, veg etc. Fresh juices and shots from U-Juice, and a range of gluten free cakes and bakes and desserts and fermented drinks bar from the Gut Hut. 

Looks a fab line up! 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

The Hawker Centre is inspired by the Hawker Centres of Asia and the ruin bars of Budapest and provides a centrally located destination where the stars of Birmingham’s independent street food scene create and collaborate. 



Opening hours: 

Thursday 11-5pm

Friday 5pm-11pm

Saturday 12.00-11pm

Monday-Wednesday and Sunday closed. 

62-70 Pershore Street, Birmingham, next to the Arcadian in the City Centre.

http://www.facebook.com/brumyumyum

http://www.brumyumyum.com/

The Official Press release:

BIRMINGHAM’S ONLY ALL-VEGAN STREET FOOD EVENT COMES TO HAWKER YARD THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, Birmingham’s new purpose-built street food venue serves up an all-vegan special.

Hawker Yard Goes Vegan, 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.

The pioneers of Birmingham’s street food renaissance are collaborating with leading Midlands street food company, The Vegan Grindhouse to host the event on Sunday 23rd October, from 12-5pm, Hawker Yard, 62-70 Pershore St, B5 4RU, next to Arcadian.

 The street food lineup includes The Vegan Grindhouse with ‘vegan junkfood’ like handmade burgers and huge hotdogs; The Vegan Pizza Company; Sri-Licious with Sri Lankan street food classics, plus Caribbean, Mexican, Indian and more.

As well as all the street food, local all-vegan brewery Twisted Barrel Ales are taking over the bars, 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, fresh juices and shots from U-Juice, 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 rehomes animals in crisis.

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

“We are thrilled to be bringing this hugely popular event to Hawker Yard. 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 and vegetarian food and see why going meat-free is a viable alternative diet and lifestyle.”

 Hawker Yard Founder, Duncan Stanley added,

“Here at Brum Yum Yum we’ve always set out to prove that street food isn’t just about the meat-in-a-bun classics and I firmly believe that a lot of the best street foods out there are the vegan and veggie dishes. What better way to spend a Sunday than stuffing your face with some of the tastiest and most interesting meat-free meals in town?! Add in the vegan bar, the side stalls and the great vibes, and this is the animal-friendly street party that Birmingham deserves!”

 So get down to Hawker Yard on Sunday 23rd October for a day of plant-based family fun at Hawker Yard Goes Vegan.

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

 



Photos courtesy of Hawker Yard and The Vegan Grindhouse. 

Win two tickets to Foodies Festival, Canon Hill Park, Birmingham, June 3-5.


A few weeks ago I mentioned in my blog that the Foodies Festival was coming to Birmingham Canon Hill Park from the 3rd-5th June.

   

 The Foodies Festival has a host of exciting foodie related things to do and a lot for Vegetarians including celebrity chefs, demos, street food, artisan food stalls and cocktails/wine and real ale and is good family day out in one of Birmingham’s most beautiful parks. 

For one lucky reader there is an opportunity to win a pair of tickets for any of the three days. Friday through to Sunday. 

All you have to do to win the tickets for the Foodies Festival at Canon Hill Park is: 

Follow me on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/andydhare

And 

Retweet any of my tweets about the competition and festival. 

(If you already follow me you only have to Retweet) 

Or on Facebook, 

http://b-m.facebook.com/Veggie-Foodie-1488625224714229/

like the status and follow Veggie Foodie facebook page.

Terms and Conditions:

The competition will end on Monday 30th May at 12pm and no entries received after that date and time will be accepted.

One winner will receive two tickets that can be used on any day of the festival you wish and are valid for one day’s entry.

The winners contact details will be passed on by myself to Lanyard Media who will be dispatching the tickets to them.

I’ve been selected as one of Birmingham’s Foodies Festival official bloggers by Lanyard Media.

Good luck with the competition. 
Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

You can still get 2-1 tickets via the code below available on the Foodies Festival website.

   
 

Digbeth Dining Club returns: Opening Party, Street Closure on Friday 29th January.


  

Today sees the return of Digbeth Dining Club after a Christmas break. Back with an opening street closure party, it promises to be a feast of Street food by some of the best street food traders in town. 

Some as a vegetarian may feel that this  is not for them, but with 15 traders showcasing their grub on the night, there must be something for Veggies to enjoy. 

Well looking at the list I can spot Buddha Belly, one of the best street food traders for Vegetarians, winners of 2014 best street food traders serving delicious Thai food. 

   
Menu for Buddha Belly tonight. 

 I can see Becky’s Bhajis, who can resist freshly cooked Bhaji’s or maybe Bournville Waffle Company. 
Try crepes from Victoria Creperie or Pizza from Baked in Brick. Or The jabberwocky’s toasties. 

That looks like a feast to me! 

If you can’t make it tomorrow I’ve attached the line up for the whole of February for some serious foodie perusal with plenty of Vegetarian possibilities.

This includes Pietanic and Indian Rasoi on the 5th and Barebones Pizza, Bournville Waffle Company and Buddha Belly on the 12th. 

The street takeover is £1.50 entry from 5-late. Address on the poster. 

Thanks for reading. 

Andy 😊

   
 

Muy Loco Tacos: #Tacoverthenation #TacoTuesday @ Cherry Reds Kings Heath. 


    

  
I’ve come to realise that some of the best Vegetarian food on the planet is the type you can eat with your hands. Why else, do I like Street Food so much! From slices of Pizza in Italy, a veggie burger in a pub or in the sunshine, veggie hot-dogs, so rare to find unless at home. why? Or even, just a piece of cake or bun or scone. These are the foods that veggie dreams are made of- and this is why the Taco Tuesday that Muy Loco Tacos run at Cherry Reds is one of the most fun nights you can have. A match made in heaven, when eaten at cost and intimate Cherry Reds in Kings Heath, my kind of place, my kind of fun. Yes, then paired with sharp cocktails and craft beer what is there not to like. Oh yes I forgot Ruth and I can walk to it! 

So that’s what we did a few weeks ago.

   
 So take my Nutty Spinach falafel taco with #Blackcherry and #Spicychilli sauces. The tacos were finger licking good. The soft but foldable tortilla held the gentle delicate balls of spinach and falafel gentle, but when but into released a delicious flavour of yes summer an paired with the flavourful sauces which lifted the tacos above the ordinary. The sweet, sour, spicy combination helped and complimented the well made double shot Margarita creating a happy combination that made me smile. 

Ruth’s meaty variety also got the thumbs up from her. 

We also ordered some lovely sweet potato fries which were well made and I think necessary at times like this. 

The cost for three tacos (always a veggie option) 2 sides and a drink was £8. 

   
   

So now Muy Loco Tacos are taking a Kings Heath break until Tuesday September 29th.  Only a few months, but back with more cocktails and a bit of a party I would think. Oh, and yes more Tacos. 

See you there. 

Thanks for reading. 

Andy 😊

We paid for own food and drinks which included a craft beer too. All opinions are my own and honest as always. 

@muylocotacos 

Tacoverthrnation: Facebook. 

http://www.cherryreds.com/index.html

  

Spring is here, long live Spring: The Spring Market @ The Bond, Digbeth, Birmingham 


  This Saturday 18th April, The Bond in Fazeley Street Digbeth will be home to a fun packed Spring Seasonal market. 

Jam packed with Street Food, DJ’s, music,  artisan food producers, local arts and artists, a cocktail caravan and the Routemaster bus bar there will be more going on than any one person can manage without the aid of good grub and top drinks. 

Street traders already confirmed include a few Digbeth Dining Club regulars. It should be a feast and yes even for vegetarians, and vegans there is enough food to fill us up for a coue of days at least. 

On the podium are:

Award winning Top veggie dogs, Fresh Rootz, bringing there veggie, vegan world street food (Pakoras anyone)  

 from their converted caravan. British root vegetables turned into contemporary world fusion dishes, inspired by travelling and yes the sunshine. 

Also good for veggies are Delize Italiane, arancini balls, and tiramisu, (not at the same time mind) 

Buddha Belly- Thai heaven with plenty of veggie and vegan options. 

Fire and Slice: pizza including both veggie and vegan. 

Pietanic: pies and pies, including veggie. Try Sweet Potato, Goats cheese and Spinach. 

Cake Doctor: cakes by the cake load and yes good for your health, a doctor no less, gluten free and vegan cakes too. 

Bournville Waffle Company: waffles of loveliness. 

Plus original patty men, Gamekeeper, and Hungry Toad. 

Regulars on the street food scene in Brum. 

I’m sure there is more, so I will add when I’ve found them or they’ve told me they are veggie friendly. 

Artisan Food producers will include Pips Hot Sauce. 

For a standard entry of £1.50, children go free. 

Plus if you are Independent Birmingham card holders you get 50p off entry. 

So that’s a whole solid £1 entry. 

The Bond is on Fazeley Street off Heath Mill Lane near the Custard Factory. 

Be there or be stuck…well in Winter. 

   

      Marino Adrift, above creates beautiful and unique alternatives to the standard house plant, will have a stall at the Spring Market. @marimoadrift

The Cake Doctor (below) 

      

The Bond 180 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE. 

Seasonalmarkets.co.uk

@seasonalmarkets

Facebook: birminghamspringmarket

Freshrootz.co.uk

Fresh Rootz, also have a cafe at Ryton Organic Gardens near Coventry open from Wednesday- Sunday serving veggie and vegan food. 

 

#feedyoursoul: Big Papa’s B. South take over the Sunflower Lounge


It’s hard to believe that The Sunflower Lounge on Small Brook Queensway near the Bull Ring and New Street Station in Birmingham City Centre is over 10 years old. I remember going there many times when I was younger for cool indie tunes and a chilled vibe, with work colleagues. It was always fun. Yet, I haven’t been for a long while since, not sure why, maybe you out grow these places and remember the memories with fondness of good times past.

So it was with nostalgic excitement that I found out that there is a grand refurbishment afoot at the Independently owned Sunflower Lounge which includes a #feedyoursoul new foodie residents
Big Papa’s B. South street food gurus and soulfood experts, so expect great soul food and soulful music, with good vegetarian options.

Having spoken to them I know that they are passionate about their food, and want to get their vegetarian options right. They are excited by the launch on the 21st January and of the new joint partnership with the Sunflower Lounge. Being permanent residents at
The Sunflower Lounge allows them to be free and interchangeable with the menu which is great for veggies and meat eaters alike. On the whole soul food can be very meaty, but also in this case very veggie too. What’s not too like?

The soul food menu will run for seven days a week, service times to be confirmed and will be a permanent fixture in The Sunflower Lounge’s top floor bar/restaurant.

So expect starters, mains and puds. Mains from Kale, avocado, and garlic aioli salad-healthy option, and Roasted Butternut squash, Mac and Cheese, with poached egg, plus a veggie starter and three puds.

Big Papa’s B. South, want to create an independent, unique and vibrant atmosphere in a venue that’s known for great food as well as great music.

Big Papa’s will still be doing their streetfood gigs and festivals. They will employ chefs whilst they are away cooking up a storm.

The Sunflower Lounge has been completely refurbished so my memories will be severly tested. Yet, one things certain the vibe will be the same, if not better, an awesome place to hang out with friends, eat great soulfood, and listen to cool music. For people like me that grew up in Birmingham it’s part of our history, now it has a new vibe, a new look, new menus,

its the #feedyoursoul vibe. Feel happy 🙂

Keep an eye on my blog for further details and reviews to come.

The Sunflower Lounge is part of the Independent Birmingham trail and supported businesses.

See http://www.independent-birmingham.co.uk/thesunflower-lounge

The Sunflower Lounge
76 Small Brook Queensway
Birmingham
B5 4EG

@bigpapasuk

@sunflowerlounge

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