Imagine a world where your Pimms is served out of a giant polka dot teapot, or your rum cocktail is served from a galleon in a coconut by a bartender wearing a pirate’s hat. Where you can eat your way around Greece, Spain, Italy and back again. Where you can watch a Michelin-starred chef rustle up a quick dish, sample the perfect food and beer pairings, and then pop for a spot of yoga in the well-being tent.
Yes, the Foodies Festival returned to Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park for the third year running this weekend for a three-day event, and Mr Fletche and I popped along on Sunday lunchtime to see what it was all about. We were pleasantly surprised when our invite not only got us into the festival free of charge but we were pointed in the direction of the VIP tent. Free glass of pink fizz, free fancy teas and coffees, our own bar, and even our own acoustic music stage. Our passes also entitled us to front row seats for the chef’s theatre (subject to availability) and a goodie bag. We didn’t go along to any of the talks but we could have seen reigning GBBO champion Candice Brown, Nathan Eades from Brum’s own Michelin-starred Simpsons, or Aktar Islam, whose restaurant repertoire in Birmingham includes not only Lasan, but also Nosh & Quaff, Fiesta Del Asado and Raja Monkey,
Unsurprisingly the street food available was top notch. Mr Fletche and I shared a yummy portion of paella; then I opted for the soft shell crab whilst Mr Fletche went for the chicken flatbread from Gourmet Kebab Kitchen. There was so much lovely looking and smelling food around that it was hard to choose. Most dishes retailed for around £7-£10. There were also some amazing looking pastries and cakes in the “farmer’s market”.
The festival is family friendly too, and there’s even the opportunity to find out if you have a mini Mary Berry or a potential Paul Hollywood on your hands with kid’s masterclasses. And for those wanting a Glastonbury vibe without the cruddy Portaloos or ten mile trek to the car park, the live music stage showcased local bands.