Last week saw some of Birmingham’s finest descend on the super-hip Hotel La Tour for the city’s first social media food event, #FutureFoodies. The brainchild of Dine Birmingham’s, Ahmed, #FutureFoodies was a food event to highlight the awesome food and drink purveyors of the city. For those not in the know, Birmingham has a thriving food scene, which appears to be expanding year on year. And #FutureFoodies was just a smaller taster of what the city has to offer.
The event was a food fair that stretched across the entire ground floor of Hotel La Tour and when we arrived the place was heaving with people. Dine Birmingham initially expected around 200 attendees but the final total was nearer 500! It was a huge success and the hashtag was buzzing with tweets, photos and excitement. I was in my element here, two of my favourite things – food and social media – in one event. Yep.
There were about 20 food and drink stalls at #FutureFoodies ranging from large organisations such as Heart of England Fine Foods to small traders such as Rosalilium sponsor, Miss Apple, serving up her incredible handmade Brazilian Brigaderios. Also there was beverage pioneer, Amy Seton, who is the founder of Birmingham’s first whisky festival. And several of the stalls were social enterprises, including Miss Macaroon. Unlike the NEC shows, this was not a national show situated in Birmingham; this was a Birmingham food fair. All of the suppliers are based here and most of their produce is locally sourced. It is certainly something the city should be very proud of.
Once again, I’m very proud to be living in Birmingham right now.
For me, the evening mainly consisted of sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Washing it down with some carefully selected wine. Oh my, there was lots of tasty to be had. How can I pick a favourite? I’ll quickly sum up the stalls that stood out for me. Note them down and come to Birmingham! Not only is this where all the cool kids are at, but we have amazing food too.
I have to say the dessert bar and wine matching by the Aalto Restaurant of Hotel La Tour was brilliant. I spent quite some time there bothering one of the Sommelier’s who was happy to share his knowledge of wine and desserts. He really knew his stuff and I love it when people are passionate about their profession. I discovered that a fizzy lambrusco goes deliciously with a handmade chocolate walnut whip. And this marvelous white wine paired with a Turkish delight amazed me – it was so good! I hung out the dessert bar and it must be said that their pastry chef is top grade. If you like desserts definitely head there for more.
I was super-proud of Miss Apple, her Brazilian brigadeiro’s went down a storm. I insisted on trying every single flavour including a surprising chilli and chocolate flavour. I didn’t realise this before but brigaderios also come in a cream/ganache style too. There were little pots of deliciousness in amazing flavours such as caiprina, earl grey and banoffee. So exciting!
I also enjoyed the spicy rice from Punjabi Rasoi, it had an excellent blend of spices.
Aston Manor offered a really interesting smoky cider that I really enjoyed, and it’s all made in the city!
I had a glass of homemade lemonade from one of the Digbeth Dining Clubstalls, and it was the best I have ever had. Seriously, seriously good. I can’t wait to head down to Digbeth Dining Club one Friday night and sample some of the other foodie delights.
There were lots more to enjoy so for more details and listings of the stalls at #FutureFoodies check out the Dine Birmingham page.
I had a rad night – the venue was buzzing, the food was great and it felt good to know that Birmingham has plenty of awesomeness to discover.
I’m still pretty new to Birmingham so I am going to be spending a lot of time exploring and discovering what the city has to offer. I will keep blogging and sharing what I find – you will see a lot more ‘Birmingham whoop whoop!’ posts on Rosalilium. Hope you enjoy it and maybe you might come visit sometime?!