Last weekend saw the Independent Birmingham Festival take over The Bond in Digbeth for two days.
With tickets to the Saturday session, a group of us headed to the event to eat and drink courtesy of some of Brum’s best independent businesses – and celebrate the birthday of my pal, George.
Tickets cost £10 and gave access to a huge selection of vendors (I talked about them previously here) and dishes, ranging from burgers to sushi. The space was heaving with food, drinks and dogs, so for today’s post I’ve got some photos and highlights from the festival, plus a bit of info about what I found on the day.
Despite making a pact with myself that I would try and visit more of the vendors I usually don’t get to experience, no one couldn’t resist the sound of the honey butter slathered Dragon Strips from Bonehead. Lip lickin’ chicken and a decent feed for the price.
This tiny Southside restaurant was a bit of a wild card amongst all the street food vendors – but the offering was great. Just look at these tempura rolls. There’s a full review about Gaijin Sushi here if you’re interested.
El Borracho de Oro
Usually found in Edgbaston, this tapas restaurant turned into a popup for the weekend. My husband was obsessed with the Spanish toasties last year, but this time folks gobbled seafood paella from the giant pan bubbling away and patatas bravas.
Usually found at their restaurant in Moseley, these guys serve up seriously good Indian street food. On the day I opted for the mini onion bhajis with mint yoghurt dipping sauce – dreamy.
Cocktails that taste like crumble. Yes. Here’s birthday girl, George, modelling hers.
Jekyll & Hyde
I found the gin with a little help of Ellen (of Eat With). The actual pub is something I’d almost forgotten about, so this was a good reminder to revisit.
My friend Mark is a legend; a true enigma of modern life. Not only did he arrive at the festival dressed liked a middle class dad from 1997, he also polished off this halloumi fries beast without any help after already eating 3 plates of food. Mark is available for weddings and birthdays.
The indoor market had plenty of extra goodies to behold, including my beloved Pip’s Hot Sauce and Becki’s sweet treats – I grabbed this slab of peanut butter KitKat brownie to go and ate it half drunk on the train to Manchester later that day. Stay classy!
Disclosure: We paid for our tickets and all food and drink included in this post. All words and photos are mine.