Autumn is one of my favourite seasons; the clocks go back and there’s a glut of festivities from Halloween and Bonfire Night to Diwali and even Christmas begins to creep in (I’ve been spotting the Christmas trees going up in Brum all week). This month has been particularly special as I got to witness the marriage of two wonderful people and I’m looking forward to trying out the wedding favours.
It has also been a busy one for Birmingham, with Bodega on Bennets Hill announcing a new little sister in Worcester, Bearwood’s very first food festival courtesy of the Bearwood Pantry and a talk by the Vegan Society for the Birmingham Humanists.
I’ve also been out on lots of food adventures with write ups from my experience of DIP, a Lebanese stall in the Bullring, to cocktails at The Edgbaston and dinner at Tiger Bills, located just off Broad St. I even managed to give New Covent Garden’s soup of the month another try with it being aptly named Pumpkin Ghoulash.
And with the festive season upon us, Area Guide kindly published an article I wrote about drinks relating to Halloween, Bonfire Night and Dia de los Muertos and I followed it up with a post about some spooktacular cocktails at Cherry Reds. And just as the month was coming to an end I managed to fit in a taste of Christmas, with Starbucks in Selfridges bringing their red cups in early.
There’s more Christmas things in November, including a sneak peak at Coast to Coast‘s Christmas offerings, plus my experience at Norjske thanks to Yelp Birmingham and new Mediterranean cafe 4023.
I’m always keen to hear from people about places I should check out, products to try and exciting food and drink related adventures. So if you fancy emailing me, please do.
My email address is hello @ fulltothebrum . co . uk.
Not content with just being a fantastic food co-op, the lovely people behind Bearwood Pantry have set up the area’s first food festival, due to take place on Saturday 25th October.
The festival will host a number of stallholders (see below), including the Bearwood Pantry themselves, but it’s the communal table, Swap Shop and Bearwood Recipe Book that makes this a real community affair. Visitors with surplus fruit, veg and homemade goodies are asked to bring them along for the ‘Swap Shop’ and exchange them for other treats – it might be time to defrost those blackberries! Attendees are also being asked for any recipes they’d like to see included in the Bearwood Recipe Book, which sounds like a great idea and I can’t wait to see that in print.
The Food Festival is taking place at Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, Rawling Road, B66 4HA, from 11.00am until 4pm on Saturday 25th October 2014. But if you can’t make it, the Pantry sets up at Thimblemill Library in Smethwick every Thursday between 7 and 8.30pm.
Stallholders on the Saturday 25th October include…
- Barwood Pantry, a food co-op with handmade bread, local organic meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy produce, and dried goods
- Antonios Food Emporio’s Mediterranean delicatessen specialities
- Barek Oscarek serving traditional Polish sausages, dumplings, stews & potato cakes
- Bouchon Wines, importers of Burgundy wines and Crémant sparkling wines
- Charlie’s Mom’s Chocolate Factory with her legendary chocolates and fudge
- Chocolate Dreams with a molten Belgian chocolate fountain
- Have Some Cake, hard to resist French macarons and vegan cakes
- Lil’s Parlour with their range of ‘ultimate brownies’
- Maidens Fayre with a tasty range of chutneys and pickles
- Maison Mayci baking artisan bread and pastries
- Pimpernel’s Delights, Continental products and creperie
- Veg Out cafe with vegan/vegetarian burgers and falafels
- Plus small local producers making homemade savoury pies, jams and preserves, Mexican sweet breads and authentic vegetarian Indian food.
For more info, visit www.bearwoodpantry.com