As autumn approaches, there is plenty to do in Birmingham for food and drink enthusiasts. From wine or beer tastings and tours, to fine food fairs and markets, there are many of inspiring events to tickle those taste buds.
If you appreciate fine wines and craft beers then tour Two Towers Brewery, visit Loki Wine Tasting House or buy yourself a ticket for Love Wine Festival. For foodies looking for inspiration or simply to appreciate good produce, ingredients and dishes, browse the city’s Fine Food Market or join in the fun at Birmingham Independent Food Fair. To completely immerse yourself in the world of food and come face-to-face with your favourite celebrity chefs in what is perhaps the highlight of the season, the BBC Good Food Winter Show is a must. Here are our top tips for an autumn foodies guide to Birmingham:
Love Wine Festival
If you want to enjoy wine in a relaxed, fun and informal way, then Love Wine is the perfect festival for you. Wine lovers get the chance to taste, learn and purchase wines from up to 40 exhibitors with artisan backgrounds at this much anticipated. Learn about production from the grape to the bottle. Choose between sampling over 250 types, joining wine walks by industry celebrities and masterclasses with the experts.
7 November |http://www.lovewinefest.co.uk/ | @lovewine_fest
Loki Wine Tasting
Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House presents a unique opportunity to learn everything there is to know about wine. Whether you want to enjoy a glass of wine in a unique environment or improve your existing knowledge, this award-winning merchant is the perfect place to start. Specially imported wine preservation machines allow visitors to taste up to 40 wines by the glass. Tasting cards are available for various values and you can sample a fine wine from as little as 69p. If you want to learn more, why not book a wine tasting course this autumn.
Available year round | http://lokiwine.co.uk/ | @lokiwine
Birmingham’s Real Ale
Two Towers Brewery emerged from a vision to bring back real ale to Birmingham. You are welcome to browse the well-stocked shop located in the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter where you can pick up individual beers, gift packs and cases of this carefully crafted beer. Guided tours are limited to a few a month, or on demand, so if you know you are visiting the city, contact the brewery well in advance to ensure you don’t miss out. If you are looking for some Friday entertainment, visit the Brewery Bar for live music, comedy and more.
Available year round | http://twotowersbrewery.co.uk/ | @TwoTowersAle
Birmingham Independent Food Fair
Join in a celebration of the best of the West Midlands independent food and drink producers with this fantastic two-day event. Meet specialist chefs, restaurateurs, growers, bars and street food traders who come together under one roof to showcase delicious ingredients. Birmingham has a rich, multi-cultural heritage, which shines through in its food culture. With four Michelin star restaurants and over thirty cuisines on offer throughout the city there is plenty to get excited about for foodies.
12-13 September | http://www.bhamindfoodfair.co.uk/ | @Bhamindfoodfair
Fine food market
If you love to cook with fresh, locally produce ingredients, then visit Birmingham Fine Food Market. Spice up your dishes by sourcing seasonal fruit and veg, jams and chutneys, cured meats, handmade cheeses, breads, herbs, wines and much more. The market is located on Victoria Square from 10am – 4pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month, with the exception of December when the market is every Wednesday.
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/farmers | @lovelocalfood
For the more adventurous and experimental cooks, add some spice to your food. There is no better place for inspiration than the 5th annual Chilli Festival. Live music and street performances will provide the entertainment, while the chilli market stalls will challenge your taste buds. Try sauces, curries, preserves and marinades, and purchase chilli inspired foods and drinks that make the perfect gifts. The big event of the day has to be the chilli-eating contest, when 20 chosen competitors push their taste buds to the max in a bid to see who can eat some of the hottest chillies in the world.
19 September |http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/birmingham-chilli-festival-2015/ | @Brindleyplace
BBC Birmingham Good Food Winter Show
BBC Good Food Show is the major event of the season. Being held in the NEC Birmingham, there is plenty of space to accommodate exhibitors showcasing the best of Britain’s ingredients, chefs and traders. Inspiration can be found all around you! Watch live cooking demonstrations from your favourite celebrity chefs at the Supertheatre or listen to what they have to say at the Interview Stage. Be inspired at the Winter Kitchen or Baking Stage and purchase and get your cookbooks signed by the chefs you most admire. This year’s famous faces include The Hairy Bikers, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, James Martin, Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr.
26.29 November | http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com/ | @BBCGoodFoodShow
Visit Birmingham has more information about the food and drink events taking place in the city. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham is the perfect base for your culinary journey through the city and to develop your winter kitchen by visiting inspirational events in Birmingham this autumn.