Midlands Foodie News Edition #3

23rd May 2015

Well the food news keeps on rollin’ in around the Midlands so here’s your latest instalment!

SOUTHSIDE LAUNCHES FIRST FOOD FESTIVAL & STREET MARKET Championing alternative ideas to weekend days out, the second biggest city’s vision for the future comes alive on Saturday, 30th May with the launch of Taste & Liquor’s Global Food Festival, Indoor Street Market and Pop-Up Space.

Taste & Liquor Artwork

Home of Chinatown, Theatreland, Pride Birmingham and the Gay Village, Taste & Liquor – a new concept space – will be transformed into a vibrant street market. Presenting some of the world’s finest street-food traders with an aim to introduce new and exciting dishes from Spain, Japan, Italy, Jamaica, India, Turkey, Thailand and Portugal new traders will take up weekly residency in the outdoor space. While inside, Taste & Liquor’s Street Market comes alive as the ground floor is transformed into an independent and creative space. Each week, handpicked stalls will present exciting treats and goodies in all shapes and forms.

Taste & Liquor will be also be launching T&L’s Cocktail Master-Classes. Here the team will show the art of mixology, flavour combinations and much more. Alongside this will be a number of unique programming to make this destination a one-stop-shop for the weekend. Check out their Book Swap Shop: swap old books for new or book a seat at their Cinema Hub, where film classics like Back To The Future, Pretty In Pink & The Breakfast Club will be screened. Taste & Liquor is all about socialising, enjoying a day out while having fun with this in mind they’ll also be presenting Southside’ 1st City Carnival in August, as well as Board Gaming Zones, Ping-Pong Stations, Beer Pong Tables, Retro 80’s Karaoke Competitions, The Residents Lunch Club, Single’s In The City events, Whiskey & Gin Tasting Sessions and much, much more through-out the year.

  • Taste & Liquor’s Global Food Festival and Indoor Street Market launches on Saturday 30 May, then every Saturday thereafter.
  • Price: £1 Entry, Babies under 1 come for free.
  • Address: Taste & Liquor, Lower Essex St. Next to Lower Essex Car Park. Next to The Nightingale. B5 6RD
  • Time: 12pm til 6pm


Promising to serve up classic and authentic Indian dishes with a modern twist, Umami Indian Kitchen has enlisted the culinary expertise of Mandeep Bajwa to deliver a mouth-watering and unique menu. A dynamic chef with over 25 years’ experience in both the UK and abroad, Mandeep will cook up high quality, freshly produced and locally sourced ingredients. Situated on Lordswood Road, just off Harborne High Street, the 70 cover restaurant boasts a cocktail lounge area and reception bar, offering an array of cocktails, fine wines and spirits alongside the delicious food menu.

umami indian kitchen

umami indian kitchen

For more information about Umami Indian Kitchen, follow @UmamiHarborne on Twitter or visit


Part of the Authentic Tapas group that owns one of our favourite local restaurants Don Diego this exciting new venture in Edgbaston is set to open at the end of the month. With an exciting sounding menu this promises to be one of the best openings of the year in my opinion.

Follow them on twitter for all the latest! @ElBorrachodeoro


image from the Birmingham Mail


This Thai restaurant seemingly opened a bit under the radar – although it’s more or a re-vamp and re-name than a new opening. From the people behind the Thai Brasserie Chain this launched last weekend with a host of ‘celebrity’ names at the launch including Danielle Lloyd & Michelle Keegan. The menu looks exactly the same as the old one for Thai Brasserie online – so I’ll reserve judgment for this until I visit!


Hotel Chain Hotel du Vin are set to convert 2 Georgian town houses and open a new boutique hotel complete with their signature bistro at some point next year over in the picturesque Stratford Upon Avon.

And in other (burger) news….Original Patty Men have been announced for the next UK Burger Battle and BYRON are laughing a new restaurant in Derby on 25th May

Anything else you’ve heard about? Let me know in the comments, email or on twitter!

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