I finally made it down to one of the fantastic Seasonal Markets that I’d been meaning to go to all year.
Held last Saturday in The Bond in Digbeth, the Winter Market had a fantastic line up of street food vendors and craft sellers, plus a lovely chilled out atmosphere. Despite not being able to feel my feet for most of the visit, I braved the poor choice of footwear and had a great time. Awaiting a friend, who was running late, I bumped into the lovely Vicky from Yelp and Joe from Independent Birmingham and chatted with them about some of the great stalls at the event. Which basically meant we all talked about food. After that it was late friend be damned and I went for a Meatshack burger before the crowds got too much. That said, although it was pretty busy, whilst I was there, the queues for all the street food vendors were never too bad. I had the standard Meatshack burger and my first bite reminded me that it had been too long since I’d indulged in their filthy goodness.
After my friend arrived she too went for a Meatshack burger and then it was time to look round the craft stalls. I’d seen the newsletter from I Choose Birmingham the day before which showcased some of the stuff on sale, including some lovely notepads from Sparrow & Wolf, and the giant stationery nerd that I am had to have them – better yet, an offer through Droplet meant that I essentially got one for free!
Lenny from Lenny Loves had recommended the mince pie toastie from Jabberwocky so I claimed this as pudding and was lucky enough to get the last one. Such a simple yet ingenious idea of a toastie filled with mincemeat, this was deliciously rich which really complemented the brandy butter (my, that had a kick to it). I couldn’t eat a whole one, so lucky my friend was on hand to take some off my hands. A gingerbread cupcake for later, some dinosaur chocolates for my friend and it was time for us to head off.
Thankfully the Winter Market wasn’t the last of it and the Seasonal Markets will be back at The Bond next year, so it’s a case of watch their Facebook page for the dates.