Top names lined up for food fes­ti­val

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

ONE of the Mid­lands’ big­gest and best food fes­ti­vals takes place this week­end in the heart of Birm­ing­ham.

With more than 30 food stalls, cook­ery demon­stra­tions and live per­for­mances, this year’s Col­more Food Fes­ti­val in the city cen­tre will be serv­ing a mouth-wa­ter­ing mix­ture of cui­sine, mu­sic and the­atre.

Some of the area’s lead­ing restau­rants, bars and ho­tels will be of­fer­ing an ar­ray of de­li­cious dishes and drinks at the sev­enth an­nual fes­ti­val, which takes place in Vic­to­ria Square on Fri­day June 30 and Satur­day July 1.

Up to 30,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to en­joy the fes­ti­val hosted by Col­more BID (Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District).

Busi­ness district new­com­ers Gusto, The Al­chemist, Gau­cho and 200 De­grees Cof­fee will be join­ing the re­cently re­opened Prim­i­tivo at this year’s event.

Gau­cho, at 55 Col­more Row, was one of the most hotly-an­tic­i­pated res­tau­rant launches of the year, of­fer­ing so­phis­ti­cated din­ing in­spired by ru­ral Ar­gentina.

Bar­wick Street bar & eatery Prim­i­tivo re­cently re­opened as part of the on­go­ing Grand Ho­tel re­de­vel­op­ment. The res­tau­rant has for many years been one of the most pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions in the busi­ness district and reg­u­lars are de­lighted to see it re­turn.

Lead­ing Birm­ing­ham chef Glynn Pur­nell (pic­tured) will also be re­turn­ing to the fes­ti­val. The Miche­lin-starred chef and Satur­day Morn­ing Kitchen TV show host, will help of­fi­cially launch the event at noon on Fri­day be­fore host­ing cook­ery demon­stra­tions.

“What’s great about Col­more Food Fes­ti­val is that it’s in the city cen­tre,” said Mr Pur­nell.

“This is cel­e­brat­ing all things Birm­ing­ham, right in the cen­tre of Birm­ing­ham, which is the cen­tre of the uni­verse as far as I’m con­cerned.

“There are so many in­de­pen­dents, which is great to see. Open­ing a res­tau­rant is dif­fi­cult when you’re against the big­ger brands, so it’s fan­tas­tic to see so many up and run­ning in the city cen­tre and this is a chance for all restau­rants large and small to stand side by side.”

The in­ter­est from res­tau­ra­teurs for these premises has been phe­nom­e­nal

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