Autumn is a perfect time of year 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. Lots going on in Birmingham in autumn! Check out our tips for experiencing these top foodie events below.
Love Wine Festival (November 10, 2018)
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 event. 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.
Loki Wine Tasting (Available year round)
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 1 euro. If you want to learn more, why not book a wine tasting course this autumn?
Birmingham’s Real Ale (Available year round)
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're looking for some Friday entertainment, visit the Brewery Bar for live music, comedy and more.
Fine Food Market (July to November)
If you love to cook with fresh, local ingredients, then visit Birmingham Fine Food Market. Spice up your dishes by sourcing some seasonal fruit and vegetables, 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 the month.
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BBC Birmingham Good Food Winter Show (November 29 - December 2, 2018)
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.
Chilli Festival (14-15 September, 2018)
For the more adventurous and experimental cooks, add some spice to your food. There is no better place for inspiration than the annual Extreme 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.