This weekend saw the highly anticipated return of Independent Birmingham’s Festival at Aston Hall. It also saw my husband and I eat like gout isn’t a real possibility in the near future.
The setting – a beautiful seventeenth century Jacobean mansion – looked just as gorgeous as last year, playing host to nearly 30 food and drink traders, live music and an indoor market filled with some of Brum’s best local businesses selling everything from brownies to T-shirt’s.
Despite the bipolar weather on the Saturday, the two day event felt like a real celebration of Brum’s indi scene, and it was ace to see so many people (and dogs!) enjoying good food in a stunning local setting. Don’t forget, Aston Hall is actually in a public park, so you can check out the grounds yourself if you missed out on this weekend – the gardens and cafe are free to visit during official opening hours.
Here was the full list of food and drink traders: Low ‘N’ Slow, The Meat Shack, 18/81, Burning Soul Brewing, Laghi’s Deli, The Indian Brewery, Buddha Belly, The Vanguard, Fat Snags, The Wolf, Wine Freedom, Wayland’s Yard, The Patty Freaks, Attic Brew Co, Street Chef, Quarter Horse Coffee, Arch 13, Urban Cheesecake, The Birmingham Whisky Club, Habaneros, BA-HA, Urban, Yardbirds Chicken, Street Souvlaki, The Middle Feast, U-Juice, The Bournville Waffle Co.
Disclosure: I paid in full for my ticket, all food and drink. All words and photos are mine.
P.S On a (lovely) side note, just before this event I found out I’ve been shortlisted for the IB Ambassador of Brum award – I’ve no idea who nominated me but I’m very humbled and it was a lovely surprise.