This year’s Colmore Food Festival served up a record numbers of visitors, with approximately 32,000 foodies visiting the culinary event on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July in Birmingham’s Victoria Square.

The fifth annual event allowed food fans to buy food and drink from some of Colmore Business District’s finest restaurants and bars, many of which are independents, and this year was its biggest yet, with more establishments participating and 6,000 more visitors than last year.  The festival was so successful - helped by some of the hottest temperatures of the year - that many venues sold out of their two-day offerings after day one.

Tony Elvin, general manager at Hotel Du Vin, said: “This year’s Colmore Food Festival was by far our best ever, and certainly our busiest. We sold ten times more champagne than last year and even had to borrow extra champagne from our Cheltenham hotel. I think the recession is officially over!

“The festival is the best outside activity we do, it’s so well organised, there’s a brilliant atmosphere, and it helps build friendships with other establishments in the district.”  

Jebin Jacob, restaurant supervisor at Asha’s, said: “We’ve been doing the Colmore Food Festival for several years, and every year it gets bigger and better. We’ve already seen people who sampled our food at the festival come into the restaurant to try the full dining experience, which is fantastic news for our business.”

Michele Wilby, executive director at Colmore Business District, said: “We said this would be our biggest ever food festival and the proof is in the pudding with these record numbers. With more venues taking part and more people attending, the festival was a huge success and just highlights the fantastic venues based in the area.

“What makes this festival so special is that all the restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs that took part are all within a five minute walk from Victoria Square.”

Alongside the varied food and drink, eight venues took to the stage to perform cooking and cocktail making demonstrations, with the highlight being a live cook-off between  Ben Ternent from Opus at Cornwall Street and Aktar Islam from the soon-to-be-opened Nosh & Quaff, featuring local Apprentice Candidate Jemma Bird. There was also live music from The 31st Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival including, The Brothers Groove, Ricky Cool and the In Crowd, and a special performance by local retro vocal harmony group, The Glamophones. Food-inspired band, The Courgettes, and two giant seagulls also provided comedy entertainment throughout the festival.  

PR by Clive Reeves Birmingham

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