Gaucho joins the Festival!

Gaucho joins the Festival!

Colmore Business District will soon be welcoming Gaucho! Opening for business lunches, stylish evening dining, private dining facilities and events.

In May, Gaucho will introduce all aspects of the brand to Birmingham, including Electro Brunch, wine tasting and beef masterclasses.

The décor in the restaurant at 55 Colmore Row will be sophisticated and contemporary yet warm and welcoming, having taken inspiration from rural Argentina and its giant Ombu trees.

Gaucho will also be participating in the seventh annual Colmore Food Festival, taking the total number of Colmore-local participants to 34. 

Gaucho opens on Monday 8th May.

Not long to go........well, three months

Planning is well under way for this year's Festival and today we are able to confirm most the venues taking part! We expect to have 34 stalls in total.  We are only announcing 31 today; those of you who know the Colmore area, will have seen some exciting additions to the hospitality scene in 2016/17 and we're waiting for the last couple of applications to come in.

In addition to the fantastic venues that take part in the Festival every year, we'll also be joined by Primitivo.  Primitivo has recently under gone a major refurbishment as part of the Grand Hotel development and is scheduled to open very soon. 

Autumn 2016 saw the openings of Gusto, The Alchemist and 200 Degrees Coffee on Colmore Row and they will all be joining us this year.

This year is going to be delicious!


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Colmore Food Festival 2017 is launched

Colmore Food Festival 2017 is launched

The 2017 Colmore Food Festival was launched last night at ZEN Metro by the team from Colmore Business District (BID). Members of the press, bloggers and long time Festival supporters gathered to hear about plans for the ever expanding Festival.   

Colmore BID Board Director and Partner at Trowers and Hamlins Amardeep Gill opened the night and thanked the venues and District for its continuing support. Since 2015 Amardeep has been the Board lead on the Festival working alongside the BID team to deliver the fantastic two day event. 

Projects Maker for the BID Lucy Elvin informed guests of how the Festival had grown in attendance from a mere 3,000 when in started in 2011 to more than 30,000 in 2015 and 2016. Plans for this year include an even greater focus on local music for the entertainment (including some acts from the Academy of Music and Sound,) a new series of exciting fringe events in the months leading up to the Festival and, of course, plenty of new venues joining the fun in Victoria Square.

Celebrity chef Glynn Purnell, who will be returning to the Festival in 2017, talked about the camaraderie between venues and the positive effect the Festival has on the District and city. Glynn was part of the first wave of District venues to participate in the Festival when the BID set it up in 2011 and remarked how impressive its growth had been.

The Festival will be held in Victoria Square from 11.00 - 19.00 on both Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.

Birmingham’s Glynn Purnell at Colmore Food Festival 2017

Birmingham’s Glynn Purnell at Colmore Food Festival 2017

Leading Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell will be making a welcome return to the city’s biggest free food and drink festival, organisers have revealed.

The Michelin-starred chef and Saturday Morning Kitchen TV show host, who describes Birmingham as ‘the centre of the universe’, will help officially launch Colmore Food Festival 2017 before hosting cookery demonstrations on the Kitchen Stage.

The Festival will take place between Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st 2017, 11am-7pm.

Glynn has won numerous awards and national accolades for his contemporary fine dining with an eclectic twist. He last appeared at Colmore Food Festival in 2014 but was forced to miss the last two events due to a busy work schedule.

The annual celebration of Colmore Business District restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, is now in its seventh year, and each year attracts more than 30,000 visitors.

Colmore Food Festival is hosted by the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) and prides itself on each of the taster dishes or drinks costing no more than £4, which means visitors can try the different menu options on offer at the 35 stalls without breaking the bank.

Glynn owns two restaurants in Colmore Business District: Purnell’s and Purnell’s Bistro, both if which will be showcased at the Festival.

'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!

'There are so many independents, which is great to see. Opening a restaurant is difficult when you’re against the bigger brands, so it’s fantastic to see so many up and running in the city centre and this is a chance for all restaurants large and small to stand side by side.

'We’re obviously all competing for business but it’s great for us all to come out as neighbours, and to borrow a cup of sugar or a fillet steak or two.'

What can visitors expect from Glynn and the Purnell’s team at Colmore Food Festival 2017?

'I always try to bring an essence of Purnell’s to events like Colmore Food Festival so you get chance to have a few mouthfuls of what we do at the main restaurant, but we’ve also got the casual dining and cocktails on offer at the Bistro.

'It’s always a chance to showcase both restaurants and to celebrate the fantastic food on offer in Birmingham,' he added.
Lucy Elvin of Colmore Business District said: 'We’re really looking forward to another great Food Festival in 2017, where we’ll be once again showcasing food and drink from the great hospitality business in the Colmore area of the city. We’re delighted that Glynn will be with us in 2017; it’s going to be a lot of fun!'


Mention in Style 50

Mention in Style 50

We were super pleased to find out that Style Birmingham announced us as one of the 50 best things to do in Brum via their fantastic 50th issue. Have a look at the magazine by clicking here.

Thanks Style!

Mouth-watering mixture of food, music and art at this year’s Colmore Food Festival

Mouth-watering mixture of food, music and art at this year’s Colmore Food Festival

With more than 30 food stalls, cookery demonstrations and live performances this year’s Colmore Food Festival will be serving a mouth-watering mixture of food, music, paintings and theatre.
Some of the city’s leading restaurants, bars and hotels will be offering an array of delicious dishes and drinks at the sixth annual Festival, which takes place in Victoria Square on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. 

Java Lounge Coffee House, Miss Macaroon, Jake’s Coffee Box and Viva Brazil will be making their debut Food Festival appearances alongside Colmore Business District favourites Nosh & Quaff, Opus, Metro, Hotel du Vin and Purecraft Bar & Kitchen. Michelin-starred Purnell’s, owned by Glynn Purnell, who recently hosted an edition of TV’s Saturday Kitchen, will also have a stall serving delicious treats. The Festival prides itself on its taster dishes at no more than £4 each, allowing visitors to try multiple culinary delights without feeling too naughty. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors, the Festival is hosted by Colmore BID (Business Improvement District) to give the district’s businesses an opportunity to showcase what they have to offer.

Taste palates and art palettes will be catered for this year with a special exhibition from Colmore Row-based Reuben Colley Fine Art. This year’s event is sponsored by The Opus Family, which will have an ‘Opus Garden’ in the heart of the Festival area.

There are also two live stages: One is the kitchen demo stage, where chefs from BID venues can show off their talents and flair with food showcases and workshops. The second stage plays host to bands and musicians from in and around Birmingham, creating a truly local event. There will be musicians playing covers, original music, rock, pop, blues and jazz, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Michele Wilby, Executive Director, Colmore BID, said: “We’re lucky to work with some fantastic partners, University College Birmingham and Midland Metro.

“UCB have great relationships with the venues in the district and supply students for placements in kitchens, bars and bakeries in the area, while Midland Metro will offer discounted travel to and from the Festival on the tram.

“Join us on 8th & 9th July between 11am -7pm to sample an array of mouth-watering cuisine and coffees, craft beers, cocktails and champagne.

“There’s loads of seating, you’ll be well looked after… what more could you ask for?”

Competition - Win tickets to the Local Drinks Market

Competition - Win tickets to the Local Drinks Market

To get you in the mood for the Colmore Food Festival (8 and 9 July) we've teamed up with the fantastic people at the Food and Drinks Events Company and I Choose to run a sweet competition. 

We're offering you the chance to win a pair of entry tickets to the Local Drinks Market being held at The Bond Co on Saturday 25 June. Make sure you go and say 'Hi,' to Dan from the District's very own Bureau Bar and Kitchen, who will be shaking up some delicious cocktails on the BAB's Choice Bar. 

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is fill in this simple form. 

*the winner will be drawn on Thursday 23 June

Name *
Do you want to drink like local? *

OPUS sponsors 2016 Colmore Food Festival

OPUS sponsors 2016 Colmore Food Festival

We're really excited to announce that the OPUS Family are sponsoring the 2016 Colmore Food Festival. 

The Food Festival will take place in Victoria Square on the 8th and 9th of July, 11am-7pm and will feature over 30 hospitality venues from within the District. For the past five years Ann Tonks, director of the OPUS Family and Board Director of Colmore Business District, has served as chair of the Food Festival committee but last year (2015) passed the role on to Armadeep Gill of Colmore BID based lawyers Trowers and Hamlins.

The Birmingham Post ran an article on this today, which you can read here