This time last week I was heading back to the office full of all the delights from the Colmore Business District’s Food Festival…and what a great event it was! The CBD food festival has been running for a few years, but this year really felt like it’s best one yet – the sun was shining, there were plenty of people for a great atmosphere but the queues were minimal and moved quickly.
With stalls spanning the breath of Colmore’s fine food and drink offerings, there was everything from fine dining to coffee shops, gin parlours, real ale, dim sum, hot dogs and more. Most of the stalls were selling items for the £3 mark, which was a great move and seemed to add to the quick turn over in people waiting. There was also a demonstration stage and a live music stage with a great band playing when I attended – though sadly I didn’t catch their name.
Feeling a bit spoilt for choice I opted to start with sweet chilli chicken from Jojolapa, a place I’ve heard really good things about. The chicken was well cooked but I found the sauce too sweet without enough kick to it for my taste, which was a little disappointing but not enough to put me off visiting.
I stopped off at Urban Coffee for a taste of a Yipsy Macaron which was light, chewy and lovely. Then after a short wait whilst men with clipboards inspected the stall, it was The Bureau’s Deli Dog for main…a lovely meaty sausage with fresh bread bun. I wasn’t overly keen on the onions, but then I rarely am on hot dogs, but overall a very nice and easy to eat dish – perfect for a food festival!
After some time watching the band on stage I headed to Opus Restaurant, based on Cornwall St in the Colmore Business District. I fancied something sweet and their Strawberry Bombe did not disappoint. Desserts always seem to get a bit forgotten about in restaurants, but this sphere of meringue with a strawberry and mascarpone filling and strawberry sauce was just stunning. Fresh, light and a perfect summer pud, it made you want to scoff it down and savour it all at once. The meringue was crisp and chewy and just perfect. I enjoyed my trip to Opus last year, but this made me want to return sharpish.
The Colmore Business District is a fine showcase of the delicious food on offer in the heart of Birmingham city centre. It runs for two days once a year, and already, I can’t wait until next year. http://colmorebusinessdistrict.com/