Showcasing Birmingham’s independents

Birmingham Independent Food Fair returns next month – with organisers adding an extra day to take the festival across the weekend of September 12-13.

Sixty local food and drink businesses will be at Millennium Point, including restaurants, drinks merchants and street food traders.

Phil Innes from Loki Wine will host a programme of tasting sessions, offering visitors the chance to learn more about the food and drink on offer.

The festival ams to to showcase Birmingham’s independent food and drink sector.

Among the restaurants taking part Amantia, a family-run Spanish tapas restaurant that opened earlier this year on Bennett’s Hill in the city centre.

Also signed up to the festival are The Penang Laksa Co, a new Malaysian street food concept serving up authentic soup, salad and noodles by chef Nick Shrimpton.

Craft beer from across the West Midlands region will be on offer at the expanded bar area, which will also house a cocktail theatre and wine bar.

Bakery, confectionery and deli food is also expected to feature strongly, with BAKE, Kneal’s Chocolates and All Greek Delicatessen already on board.

As well as growing into a two-day event, the fair will expand across into Eastside Park, with a Gin Garden, outdoor stalls and a communal dining area creating a street party atmosphere.

Live music by local artists will entertain visitors, while a host of street food traders including soul food specialist Big Papas prepare and dish out food in the open air.

The festival is organised by Dine Birmingham editor Ahmed Ahmed, joined this year by Amy Seton, known for organising the annual Whisky Birmingham festival.

Ahmed said: “We’re really excited to be bringing the independent food fair back for a second year and this time it will be bigger and better than ever.

“Last year we were taken aback by just how popular the event was, to the point that some stalls were overstretched and ran out of food. This year we have streamlined and fixed the format to make sure there is plenty to go round, and everyone has a brilliant time.”

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