It’s tastebuds at the ready as one of the Midlands’ biggest food and drink festivals is just a week away.
The free-to-enter Colmore Food Festival, sponsored by law firm DWF, attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year. It takes place on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, in Victoria Square.
Arranged by Colmore BID, the Business Improvement District for Birmingham’s commercial quarter, the Festival showcases the brilliant food, drink and hospitality venues in the area.
Colmore BID secured its third five-year term representing the Business District in April 2019 and plans to continuously improve the Festival in recognition of the growth of hospitality and the evening economy within the District.
The Festival will be offering coffee, cocktails and global menus to suit all tastes while music acts and wandering performers will make it the perfect weekend for all the family.
All food is capped at £4 and drinks at £5, ensuring visitors can enjoy a bite to eat or drink without breaking the bank.
Among the dozens of dining venues taking part are Adam’s, Asha’s, Bar OPUS and OPUS Cornwall Street, Purnell’s Bistro and Restaurant, Java Lounge Coffee House and Loki Wine.
City centre newcomers Pint Shop, Hookway’s and Dirty Martini will be joining long-established favourites Chung Ying Central, Primitivo, Zen Metro and many others.
Colmore Food Festival is continuing its ambition to become one of the most sustainable events in the region with a mission to achieve zero waste to landfill and a total ban on plastic drinking straws.
Recycling experts First Mile will be at the Festival to offer advice on business sustainability and the latest recycling initiatives.
In addition to recycling stations, specialist sustainability initiatives will include coffee recycling; where all coffee grounds will be recycled into pellets to use in wood-burners and stoves.
And food waste will be taken to a state-of-the-art plant where it can be recycled into renewable energy and nutrient-rich fertiliser.
Alex Tross of Colmore Business District said: “Now in its ninth year, Colmore Food Festival has established itself as one of the Midlands’ great weekends of fantastic food and drink to suit all tastes and budgets, all organised for Birmingham by the team at Colmore BID. We’re really looking forward to the variety of food and drink on offer from our venues in the Colmore Row area.
“It is also great to continue our partnership with First Mile to help minimise the environmental impact of the event. It is encouraging to know our businesses will be creating energy, saving trees and playing their part in creating a sustainable, enjoyable weekend of great food and drink.”
Colmore Food Festival 2019: Victoria Square, Birmingham, Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 11am-7pm.