The line-up at the Colmore Food Festival

The new kids on the block will be joining old favourites such as Nosh & Quaff and Chung Ying Central at this summer’s Colmore Food Festival.

Newcomers Gusto, Alchemist, Gaucho and 200 Degrees coffee will be joining the recently reopened Primitivo at the event.
Gaucho, at 55 Colmore Row, offers sophisticated dining inspired by rural Argentina.
Barwick Street bar and eatery Primitivo recently reopened as part of the ongoing Grand Hotel redevelopment.
The restaurant has for many years been one of the most popular locations in the Business District.

A taste of Italy

Colmore Row-based Gusto and Alchemist have already confirmed their food and drink menus for this year’s festival.
Gusto will be serving hand-rolled meatballs in tomato sauce with Italian cheese.

290 The Alchemist
The neighbouring Alchemist will bring a touch of theatre and dry ice to the festival with cocktails including Dead Red Zombie, Battenburg and Bubbygum.
Business District favourite JoJolapa Nepalese Restaurant will be offering its classic steamed chicken or vegetable Momos – traditional Nepalese dumplings served with fresh tomato chutney.

Nosh & Quaff Rib Tips
Nosh & Quaff will be tempting the 30,000 Festival visitors with Rib Tips and Wings.
The venues will be showcasing their food as part of the annual celebration of Colmore Business District restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, which is now in its seventh year.
Other participants include Opus, Hotel du Vin and Zen Metro at the festival, which takes place on Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1 in Victoria Square.

Cheap eats

Colmore Food Festival is hosted by the area’s Business Improvement District and prides itself on each of the taster dishes costing no more than £4.
Visitors can try the different menu options on offer at the 35 stalls without breaking the bank and it’s free to attend.

Glynn Purnell Picture by Sam Bagnall / Edwin Ellis Creative Media
Leading Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell will returning this year and will be hosting a cookery demonstration on Festival Friday.
Friend and fellow chef Aktar Islam, of Nosh & Quaff, Lasan, Fiesta del Asado, Raja Monkey Cafe and new restaurant Izza Pizza, will take to the stage on the Saturday.

“What’s great about Colmore Food Festival is that it’s in the city centre,” said Glynn.
“This is celebrating all things Birmingham, right in the centre of Birmingham, which is the centre of the universe as far as I’m concerned!”