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Foodies Festival Birmingham 2015 review

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Was there anyone that didn’t go to the Foodies Festival Birmingham over the weekend?  Maybe it says a lot about me, my friends and my social media timelines but it seemed like everyone was there!  It was great to see so many people enjoying it and posting photos of such foodie fun, so I thought I’d do a quick post on my experience.
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I headed down on Saturday, convinced it was going to be full of crowds.  But there was actually a pretty relaxed atmosphere with a mix of people sitting on the grass watching the live music, queuing for lunch or just checking out the stalls.  I felt like the space had been really well used and at no point did I feel crowded, which was nice given that it was glorious weather and the festival took place in Cannon Hill park.spiralizer_cuttings_foodies_festival_birmingham_2015

After bumping into my friend Jo-ann and her mum, I headed off to the stalls to see what was about.  It was nice to see a mix of things from sauces, cordials, wine and coconut butter to oats, grow your own herbs and spiralizers.  I did spot a few local stallholders, including Pips Hot Sauce and Urban Herbs (who I bought some fantastic tree spinach from), but it seemed that most were from out of town.

anderson_lock_stock_cheese_bacon_burger_foodies_festival_birmingham_2015Lunch wise, I’d spotted a few stalls which looked promising (including the superbly named Piggie Smalls).  But once I’d seen that the Birmingham-based Hamburgers by Anderson’s had a stall my mind was made up.  I think you’re all aware how seriously I take my burgers now, so I had high hopes and my Lock Stock burger was delicious.  Not the easiest thing to eat given the sudden breeze, but well worth it; the bacon was perfectly crisp, the sauce delightful and my only criticism is I’d have liked the bun to be warmed, but that’s coming from someone who is pretty picky about burgers these days.

After my burger I went back to have a look at some other stalls, picked up some lovely porridge oat bars from Stoats, some chipotle and cola sauce/marinade and joined everyone else on the grass to listen to some live music.  All in all my experience at the Foodies Festival Birmingham was a pleasant afternoon, packed full of deliciousness…I’m looking forward to seeing if it returns next year.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I live so close to Brum, yet I have never been to this – I really might have to go next year it sounds and looks amazing. x

    May 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm
    • Reply Laura

      I’m hoping it reappears next year, it was a lot of fun!

      May 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Oh wow I do love a good food festival and this looks amazing – thanks for sharing

    Laura x

    May 19, 2015 at 12:44 am
  • Reply stacey

    Nice blog, brummie country gets kicked about a bit culturally speaking, too many smart asses making infantile remarks are about this that and the other, but they have a thriving foodie scene amongst much else, in fact some of the top venues in London are run by graduates of the Warwickshire college of catering. I know as I trained alongside many of them at these places in London; the tower bridge event restaurant came a brummie !! – the same guy, Daniel Clifford; even built a site devoted to all the places he “changed” making them proper unique venues – the seasoned venues site or venue box as he likes to call it, shows his touch. point is it’s the creativity of the brummie mentality is what makes these the places so good

    May 19, 2015 at 9:38 am
    • Reply Laura

      Thanks for your kind words Stacey. I think London is starting to wake up to the fact that there is good food outside of the capital, although so many of those articles start with a sense of surprise and shock at that fact!

      May 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm

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