Colmore Food Festival: what you can expect to eat

Colmore Food Festival – the annual city centre centre celebration famous for its culinary treats costing no more than £4 each – is almost here.

The event takes place on Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9, featuring more than 30 of the area’s restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels showcasing their latest menus with sumptuous sampler dishes and drinks in Victoria Square.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Opus Family, which will have an Opus Garden in the heart of the festival area.
“We wanted to feature an Opus classic at this year’s Festival – our leek and haddock fishcake with a poached egg and butter sauce,” said Opus managing director Ann Tonks.
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“It’s been on our menu from day one and we thought it would be great to serve it this year as the first ever Festival sponsors.
“We also wanted to include a vegetarian and vegan selection and that’s why we’ve come up with the gazpacho.
“You can’t get more summery than a gazpacho, and ours will be made from flavourful heritage tomatoes from the Vale of Evesham.

c1“We thought we would have three dishes this year so we’ve also gone for something sweet: Hereford strawberries with clotted cream sponge.
“This festival is going to be delicious!” added Ann.
To whet your appetites we’ve been given a sneak preview of some of this year’s Festival menus to get a flavour of what will be on offer.

Chung Ying Central

Dim Sum £3
Noodles £3

Jake’s Coffee Box

Savoury Box – £4
2 Mini Gourmet Sausage Rolls (Pork, Shropshire Blue & Caramelised Onion; Pork, Leek and Sage), Homemade Scotch Egg, Bed of Rocket Salad, Cherry Tomatoes and Black Pudding Crumb.
Sweet Box – £4
Salted Caramel Brownie or Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie, Strawberries, Raspberries and Clotted Cream.
Selection of takeaway Gourmet Sausage Rolls £2

The Bureau

Sticky Smoked Beef with Sweet Potato Mash £4
Crispy Goats Cheese with Beetroot Ketchup £4

Edwardian Tea Rooms at the Museum and Art Gallery

Fish finger sandwich with lime & caper mayonnaise £4
Bhaji naan with mint & coriander yoghurt £4
Cream Tea – scones with clotted cream & fruit preserve with a choice of tea £4

Opus at Cornwall Street

English heritage tomato gazpacho, Worcestershire summer vegetables £4
An Opus classic! Lincolnshire leek and haddock fishcake, poached hen’s egg, butter sauce £4
Hereford strawberry and clotted cream sponge £3
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Other local business participating include

All Bar One
Asha’s Restaurant
Bar Opus
Centenary Lounge
Chung Ying Central
Edmunds Brewhouse
Ginger’s Bar
Hindley’s Bakery
Hotel du Vin
Java Lounge Coffee House
Jekyll and Hyde
JoJolapa
Metro Bar & Grill
Nosh & Quaff
Old Joint Stock
Opus at Cornwall St.
Philpotts
Purecraft Bar & Kitchen
Purnell’s Restaurant
The Bureau Bar & Kitchen
The Edwardian Tea Rooms
The Old Contemptibles
The Square Peg
The Wellington
Starbucks
Urban Coffee Company
The Royal Angus
Jake’s Coffee Box
Reuben Colley Fine Art