Top names lined up for food festival
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