CBD Food Festival 2012

The CBD Food Festival, showcasing the excellent food and drink offering in Colmore Business District, attracted around 15,000 visitors on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July in Victoria Square. Back for a second year, the two day festival launched the weeklong Birmingham Food Fest (13th to 19th July).

Over 20 venues, many of whom are independent businesses, served taster options priced from as little as £1.50 to £5 in

Visitors could sample mouth-watering internationally inspired cuisine as well as traditional British options. The variety of culinary delights also included cheeses from around the world, delectable dessert options and a range of coffees to try. Real ales, fine wines, champagne and delicious cocktails were also on offer.

There was a programme of live cooking demonstrations from top chefs in CBD, including Glynn Purnell (Purnell’s), David Colcombe (Opus Restaurant), Sudha Saha (Saffron), Guneet Singh Bindra (Asha’s Restaurant) and Ganesh Shrestha (Jojolapa). The quirky Jekyll & Hyde pub also presented an exciting cocktail making demo.

The festival once again took place with the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, which saw live music performances hosted by CBD for the fourth consecutive year. Visitors could also look out for fantastic pop up outdoor theatre provided by Birmingham Hippodrome as part of its Six Summer Saturdays programme. There was also star performances from CBD’s very own choir, Colmore Chorus, made up of the business community and trained by Birmingham Opera Company.

On Saturday 14th July, visitors got the chance to go on a one-off Big Brum Buz tour around Colmore Business District, with compere Phil Oldershaw, to see the actual locations of the CBD Food Festival venue participants.

For any queries in regards to the event, please contact Food Festival event manager, Tahreen Kutub on 0121 236 4686.

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