Food, drink, adventures and dinosaurs…these are a few of my favourite things. Or, you know, would be if I were in the Sound of Music. But as if I needed any more excuse to go to this year’s Colmore Food Festival, this year there were dinosaurs! Or the superb Seekasaurus had hidden some mini dinos as some of the stalls. Which is an excellent excuse to visit more stalls that I’d initially intended. Good work Seekasaurus, good work.
After having been to the Colmore Food Festival in 2015 (and judged an award) and 2014, I have now developed an excellent plan to get the best out of it – minimal dinner the night before, light breakfast and no elevenses so by lunchtime I’m ready to eat. Seriously, there’s always so many good things on offer at the Colmore Food Festival that a proper meal plan is in order – where else are you going to be able to pay £4 for a dish prepared by a Michelin-starred restaurant?! That’s the beauty of the Festival, it seems like nearly all the food and drink establishments in the Colmore Business District get involved, everyone from independent and chain coffee shops to real ale pubs, Michelin-starred and fine dining restaurants, bakeries, cocktail bars and so much more. And because it’s all organised by the Colmore Business District BID people it runs over a Friday, meaning those of us who work in the area can pop out for an tasty lunch and after-work treat, through to Saturday for families – and it’s free entry, and conveniently located slap bang in the middle of Victoria Square, outside the Council House.
First up I visited Nosh & Quaff for some of their chicken wings in a smoked butter and habanero sauce. I remain a bit mixed on my feelings towards these because the wings themselves were great; the batter remained crispy whilst slathered in a sauce which, frankly, got to be too much for me. I get it wings are messy and they sure were, but it would’ve been better if the sauce was on the side more so for flavour than anything. Then it was off to Opus on Cornwall St for fishcake and poached egg which was deliciously light and flavoursome, with a positively oozy egg yolk, definitely a winner. For lunch-pudding, I picked up some salted caramel macarons from Miss Macaron which were supposed to wait until late afternoon, but realistically lasted until I got back to the office…which is about five minutes after leaving the festival.
This time round I split my time and headed back to the Festival for a spot of post-work, start-of-the-weekend dinner. I headed straight to the Jekyll & Hyde stall for a spot of their punch and some lamb biryani from Ashas, which was also delicious – and worth all the good comments on social media. I’d heard a few people mention how good the scotch eggs from Jake’s Coffee Box were – and I’d heard they had a Seekasaurus, so I went off to try one of these. I wasn’t quite expecting the scotch egg to be quite so big (seriously, it was a meal in itself) but it was delicious. I may also have yelped in delight at the sight of the little mini dinosaur…hence the first photo.
After some serious Seekaraurus searching with Viv and Ryan (aka Brummie Gourmand), it was time for a final cocktail (or maybe it was really pudding, I’m not sure how you’d describe this); a frozen strawberry daiquiri from Ginger’s Bar, but it was deliciously boozy and a great way to end the festival.
Disclosure: I paid for everything myself, apart from the daiquiri which was a treat from Ryan and Viv. I also left all the dinosaurs behind for others to find, because I’m charitable like that.