Monday, 5 September 2016
Event: Colmore Food Festival
One of my favourite events of the summer was the Colmore Business District's annual Food Festival. Each year, they take over Victoria Square for two days and fill it with affordable food and drink from businesses within the area. Think Nosh and Quaff, Opus, Purnell's etc.
It's free so it gets busy as you can imagine. We headed down on Saturday lunch time, back in July. Despite the crowds, it wasn't hard to get served. Each business had its own little stall and was selling a small (and often exclusive menu) with everything priced at £4 or less.
The Glamophones were there singing their retro twists on modern songs and wearing the prettiest dresses. We listened to them for a while and pondered what to eat.
Opus and Bar Opus had taken over a huge tent at the centre, with plenty of seating. We had a couple of lovely gin based cocktails from Bar Opus and they even threw in some popcorn.
There were also G&Ts from Jekyll and Hyde and vodka and orange juice from Ginger's Bar. None of the drinks were particularly complicated- usually a spirit or two and a mixer- but they were made with good quality spirits and priced at only £4.
For food, Edd chose a snack box from Jake's Coffee Box. If you didn't already know, Jake's Coffee Box is situated in an old telephone box just off Colmore Row. It's a great place to pick up a take away coffee and a sausage roll and support a small business at the same time. It was great to see that he had a pitch at the festival. So the snack box contained two different sausage rolls, a scotch egg, black pudding and salad. A lovely little lunch.
He was also selling brownies and we spotted this little chap amongst them.
I went for pork belly with pineapple from Purnell's. Absolutely fantastic quality produce and cooking, served from a tent on a plastic plate and for £4. This is why I love the Colmore Food Festival!
We couldn't resist ordering the dessert from Purnell's either. It looks like a brown mess. It was actually a delicious brown mess with caramel and biscuit and chocolate mousse.
I purchased chocolate, strawberry, raspberry and caramel macaron from Miss Macaroon. I saved them to eat on the train but I wish I hadn't as they got a bit squashed. Boo! Delicious though.
I can't wait until next year! Remember, these businesses are in the Colmore Business District year round, so why not pop along and support them where you can?
Colmore Food Festival
Photos by Edd and myself.
We paid for everything ourselves.