This year’s CBD Food Festival has been declared the best yet, drawing its biggest attendance since its inception three years ago.

The annual festival in Victoria Square, organised by Colmore Business District (CBD), saw an increase in footfall of around 8,000. The crowds flocked to sample the great food and drink from 27 different venues in Birmingham’s business quarter and watch live cooking demonstrations from chefs such as Glynn Purnell and David Colcombe. There were also live music performances courtesy of CBD’s participation in the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues festival, as well as performances from CBD’s choir - Colmore Chorus..

Held in Victoria Square over two days, attendance was given a boost as temperatures soared to the highest for the year.

Tahreen Kutub, CBD events and communications manager, said: “This was our best festival yet and these attendance figures prove that Birmingham’s vibrant food scene is continuing to grow.

“It was fantastic to see some familiar faces, but also lots of first-time visitors trying the variety of tasters from local food and drink venues that are within five minutes’ walk of Victoria Square. This year we have piloted a book of special offers which last until autumn to help encourage visitors to the festival back into the bars, restaurants and cafes in Colmore Business District over the next few months.”

David Colcombe, chef director of Opus at Cornwall Street, said: “Having been a part of the CBD Food Festival since the beginning, it was very pleasing to see that the attendance was much higher than ever before.

“The differing restaurants on display ensure that the festival appeals to everyone, whatever their culinary preference. Many people don’t realise that all these fantastic venues are sitting on their doorsteps, so it is great to see them celebrated like this.”

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