Last week Brindleyplace in Birmingham played host to the annual Chilli Festival, a celebration of all things spicy. Hoorah. I popped along in my lunch break to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of stalls. The square was buzzing on Friday. With musicians and cooking demonstations and LOADS of chilli themed stalls. It would have been very easy to part with lots of cash (if I had any!) and buy all the yummy things. Luckily there were plenty of samples to try out so I essentially lunched on chilli that day. Blimey.
One of my favourite stalls was hosted by Tan Rosie selling her incredibly delicious homemade Caribbean products. The sauces were incredibly more-ish, particularly the Sweet Tamarind Sauce. I could eat that all day. And the fudge blends were brilliant, my favourite was the ginger spiced fudge. And I’m not normally a fudge fan. I found out that Tan Rosie, a Birmingham local, also hosts Supper Clubs at her home. Sign me up now!
Rosalilium sponsor, the lovely Miss Apple’s Sweets was also at the Chilli Festival. We just keep bumping into each other! She was sharing her brilliant Brazilian Brigadeiro’s along with some delicious cakes. Amazing!
Another Caribbean favourite was the The Baking Housewife who was selling delicious homemade Jamaican products including this divine Sorrel Cordial. It was my first time trying Sorrel and I was sold! Really sweet, gingery, tasty stuff. I also tried the Ginger Cake which was lovely. I would highly recommend these too.
I took LOADS of photos which you can find on my the Rosalilium Facebook page. It was a really great little festival and just another example of why I think Birmingham is so rad. Whoop whoop for the indie business owners!
I recommend keeping an eye for future foodie events in Birmingham, there are some good quality food stuffs on offer!