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.
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.
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.
Lunch 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.