Colmore Food Festival Returns To Victoria Square In 2024

13 February 2024

Colmore BID, one of the UK’s leading Business Improvement Districts, has announced the dates for its renowned Colmore Food Festival for 2024. From Friday 13 to Saturday 14 September the much-loved Festival will return to its original home in Victoria Square.

The award-winning event will provide guests with an appetising and affordable selection of mouth-watering taster dishes from the traders’ latest menus.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice with the stalls made up of local restaurants, coffee shops, bars and hotels offering a selection of meat, vegetarian, and vegan options, as well as a selection of wines, beers, cocktails, and soft drinks. As always, organisers are placing price caps on food and drinks, creating an affordable but unforgettable experience.

The must-visit festival showcases some of the best food and drink offerings from across the Colmore Business District and attracts over 30,000 visitors each year.

Colmore BID will now be reaching out to hospitality venues operating in the District to offer them the opportunity to showcase taster-size portions of their menu items at the festival’s stalls.

Michelin star chef and Restaurateur Glynn Purnell, who owns two restaurants within the Colmore Business District said, The Colmore Food Festival is a one-of-a-kind event which celebrates the best of Birmingham’s food and drinks scene, right in the beating heart of our amazing city. Whether you’re a diehard foodie or just fancy sampling the best of the District’s hospitality offerColmore Food Festival will once again play host to many food and drink stalls this September, with a range of options available to tingle everyone’s tastebuds!

Food and drink are so central to the way we mark special occasions and the way that we socialise with others, so it is wonderful to be able to offer the people of Birmingham the space to come together, mingle and just soak up the festive atmosphere. With lots of entertainment planned for the weekend, it is a great way of celebrating how multicultural our local community is, reflecting our vibrant city and all that it has to offer. I particularly love the fact that the Festival is completely free to attend and price caps are set to ensure the selections on offer are both tasty and affordable for all.

Alex Tross, Deputy Chair of Colmore BID added: Following on from the success of Christmas in Cathedral Square, we are incredibly excited to announce the return of the Colmore Food Festival for its 11th year. 2024 sees the Festival return to Victoria Square after it went ‘on tour’ to the grounds of St Philips Cathedral last year.

Birmingham’s food scene has an impressive history; the city is the birthplace of Typhoo Tea, HP Sauce, Cadbury’s Chocolate, and Bird’s Custard to name but a few. Birmingham is also the city that holds the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK outside of London, and that’s something that we are very proud of. Every year the city has more and more to offer when it comes to food and drink, and the Colmore Food Festival showcases exactly that, whilst at the same time supporting the local businesses in the District. We’ll be releasing more details soon, so keep your eyes peeled on Colmore BID’s social media channels for more information.”

Colmore Food Festival is a two-day fun-filled event featuring a range of food and drink traders, live entertainment, and so much more. Live music lovers will be treated to great tunes throughout the weekend, featuring performances from a range of local talents.

Running from Friday 13 to Saturday 14 September, Victoria Square in the centre of Birmingham will be transformed to provide the backdrop to a jam-packed weekend of entertainment and tasty treats.Expect to find delicious food options from around the world, tempting sweet treats, hot and cold options, as well as a variety of beverages including the District’s best cocktails.

The Colmore Food Festival is always one of Colmore BID’s most anticipated events of the year, providing a boost to the hospitality businesses in the District and giving them the opportunity to showcase what their menus offer to thousands of people over two days. For the last ten years, the Festival has provided a fantastic opportunity for workers and businesses within the District to come together and network on the Friday, with the Saturday of the Festival being more of a family day, attracting more people from outside the area. 

Colmore BID, which represents the businesses in the Colmore Business District area of Birmingham, organises different events throughout the year to promote and enhance the image of the District bringing together the whole community.

Colmore Food Festival will be open for visitors from 11 am to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and will take place in Victoria Square, overlooking the Council House and Town Hall.

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