Birmingham Food Fest cooks up winning recipe

Friday 29, July 2011


Birmingham Food Fest cooks up winning recipe


More than 60 of Birmingham’s top restaurants and its best-loved chefs have come on board to show their support for Birmingham Food Fest, the newest 10 day gastronomic celebration, which is set to descend on the city from 14 – 23 October 2011.


Great British Menu reigning champion and winner of Gordon Ramsay’s F Word Aktar Islam of Lasan Restaurant and Michelin star award winner Richard Turner, chef patron of Turners of Harborne, have backed the innovative restaurant festival, which will see the city’s best eateries produce irresistible menus at bargain prices and a mouth watering programme of over 100 food-filled events shaping up to take place throughout the city.


Support for the festival extends beyond the city’s restaurants and chefs with some of Birmingham’s biggest attractions hosting themed events to coincide with Birmingham Food Fest, including Cadbury World and Ikon Gallery. Event highlights include Thinktank’s Dine under the Stars where visitors will feast under the planetarium’s 360˚ digital dome and the National Sea Life Centre’s sustainable fish demonstration and guided tours.


Aktar Islam, one of the masterminds behind Birmingham’s Lasan Restaurant, said:

“Birmingham’s unique heritage and cultural diversity have had a strong influence on my cooking style. The city is rich with an inspiring energy and is rightfully recognised as one of the UK’s culinary gems. Birmingham Food Fest is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the city’s extensive dining opportunities and to showcase the calibre of culinary talent here.”


Michelin star eateries Simpsons and Purnell’s, Opus, Edmunds and Loves are just some of the red hot restaurants that have joined the festival’s sizzling menu so far.  The chefs will be joined by the city’s newest talent and rising stars from University College Birmingham, celebrating the diversity of Birmingham’s food scene.


Richard Turner said:

“The outstanding food and drink offering in the city is something to shout about. Events such as Birmingham Food Fest give talented local chefs a platform to demonstrate their passion for good food and great regional produce.”


Other events on the menu include tasting sessions at Mint Hotel and The Birmingham Wine School while Urban Grain, a social enterprise in sustainable communities, is set to host a canal foraging tour where edible wild vegetation will be picked from the water banks and turned into delicious dishes. Visitors can also take part in different food experiences whilst on the move, with Birmingham Tours, The Away Group and Blue Badge Guides holding bus rides, canal trips and walking tours with first class food up for grabs.


Birmingham Food Fest will be promoted through a central website where visitors will be directed to download redeemable restaurant vouchers. Special recipes from the Birmingham Chefs Alliance, the group formed to nurture fresh talent and promote the city’s restaurants to a national and international audience, along with other festival restaurants will be featured in The Big Brum Cookbook, bringing together some of the best menus over the 10 days.


Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Visit Birmingham, the city’s leisure tourism programme, which is managing Birmingham Food Fest said:


“Working with hundreds of partners throughout Birmingham we are building a truly unique festival that reflects the many different tastes in the city. The festival will bring together key cultural attractions , a wide range of restaurants,  independent eateries and local producers to showcase Birmingham’s authentic food and drink offering, along with its wider visitor appeal.”


Birmingham Food Fest is an exciting addition to the ongoing work undertaken by Visit Birmingham to both support and drive forward the culinary sector in the city.


For more information or to come on board as a participating restaurant please see



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