This weekend saw the welcome return of Colmore Row Food Festival; celebrating and showcasing the best restaurants, bars, cafes and bistros this fab part of Brum has to offer. The two-day event – which annually takes over Victoria Square – took place over the 30th June and 1st July, and featured stalls from some of the most popular spots in the district.
Hosted by Colmore BID, this was the seventh outing for the popular festival where over 30 hospitality businesses showcased what their venues have to offer the growing Brum foodie scene. I attended the festival on Friday lunchtime with one of my bridemaids-to-be (give us a wave, Mel!) and throughly enjoyed exploring the food and drink options, as well as the live music.
It was also a treat to see Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell – the proudest Brummy in the history of Brummies – entertaining the crowds at the kitchen demo stage. We even met him after for a photo (cheers Mr P!) and a cuddle.
From fine dining taster plates to comfort food, the square was jam-packed with hungry folk getting involved in all of the tasty treats available. Bustling to say the least, there was a real festival atmosphere when I was there at lunchtime; the same could also be said for the Saturday too, when I popped down to enjoy the sunshine with my mum.
With all taster plates capped at £4, visitors were able to try multiple dishes from various exhibitors including the popular Opus, Nosh and Quaff, and The Bureau, as well as newcomers to the area such as Gaucho. Local bars – including The Alchemist with their signature smoking cocktails – were serving drinks for thirsty visitors, and it was cake heaven over at the Urban Cafe stall. I ate so much I’m not sure where to start, but a special shout out goes to the chicken momo from Jojolapa – I’ll be visiting that place soon to try more grub for sure – and the Gaucho flank steak with chimichurri and creamed corn. Oh man that was good…
I think this event is great for discovering new places (and giving a high five to those you already love) and the fact that it’s free means it draws big crowds which can only be a good thing! I’ve added some of the photographs taken during my visit below to showcase a selection of the delicious food and drink available, just click on individual images to get a better look.
Did you attend Colmore Row Food Festival this weekend? Let me know in the comments if you discovered a new favourite dish or tried any food that’s left you wanting more!