It’s the last straw for the Colmore Food Festival

This year’s Colmore Food Festival is banning plastic drinking straws.

The festival aims to become one of the most sustainable events in Birmingham with a mission to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Now established as one of the UK’s leading free-to-enter food and drink events, Colmore Food Festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year.

It is delivered by the area’s Business Improvement District and prides itself on each of the taster dishes costing no more than £4, which means visitors can try the different menu options on offer at more than 30 food and drink stalls without breaking the bank.

The festival, sponsored by Business District legal firm DWF, will be returning to Victoria Square for the eighth time on Friday July 6 and Saturday July 7.

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The crowds at last year’s festival.

The BID is working with recycling experts First Mile to ensure the weekend event is as environmentally conscious as possible by banning plastic straws.

The UK uses millions of plastic drinking straws each year and they are among the top ten items found in beach clean-ups, according to research by the Marine Conservation Society.

In addition to recycling stations at the festival, specialist sustainability initiatives will include coffee recycling, where all coffee grounds will be recycled into pellets to use in wood-burners and stoves.

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Newcomer Jailbird – one of the participants in the festival.

And food waste will be taken to a state-of-the-art plant where it can be recycled into renewable energy and nutrient-rich fertiliser.

First Mile will be at the Festival to offer advice on business sustainability and the latest recycling initiatives.

This year’s Colmore Food Festival will once again feature the culinary skills of Glynn Purnell.

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Bar and restaurant Primitivo – returning to the festival.

The Michelin-starred chef and TV show host will help officially launch the festival before hosting cookery demonstrations on the Kitchen Stage.

The festival will also feature taster dishes and drinks prepared newcomer Jailbird, Opus, The Old Joint Stock, Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, Gusto, Gaucho, Primitivo and Hotel du Vin among many others.

There will be live music, roving performers and other activities to keep the whole family entertained for the two days.

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