Friday 12th to Saturday 13th July, 11am – 7pm, Victoria Square
The CBD Food Festival was back for a third year in 2013, taking place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July in Victoria Square. The festival showcased the fantastic culinary and beverage offering in Birmingham’s commercial quarter, Colmore Business District (CBD).
Participating venues ranged from fine dining restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to coffee shops, bakeries and delis. Many of the participants are independent businesses in CBD. The festival offered an exciting variety of international and British cuisine, sweet and savoury options as well as beverages including real ales, cocktails, fine wines, and coffees. There is no festival entry fee and the tasters are priced competitively from £1.50 to £5.
For the first time, the festival presented voucher booklets with offers that can be redeemed at food and drink venues in CBD from the date of the festival to autumn 2013.
The CBD Food Festival presented a packed entertainment programme, including CBD’s highly popular cookery and beverage making demonstrations from top chefs, mixologists and baristas in the District. Venues presenting on stage included Purnell’s, Opus at Cornwall Street, JoJolapa Bar & Restaurant, Saffron, Asha’s Contemporary Indian Bar & Restaurant, Ginger’s Bar, Purnell’s Bistro, The Jekyll & Hyde and Six Eight Kafé. There was also live music as part of the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, which CBD sponsored and hosted for the fifth consecutive year.
Spontaneous outdoor theatre acts, in the form of giant lobsters and cheeky seagulls, have provided much entertainment in the previous two festivals. There was more outdoor theatre for 2013 in the form of two cheeky eggs. There were also performances from CBD’s. choir, made up of people working in the District and trained by the renowned Birmingham Opera Company.
CBD was delighted to welcome back Phil Oldershaw as the festival’s compere.
Video from CBD Food Festival 2012 (left); video from CBD Food Festival 2011 (right).