Wednesday 26th June dawned and I was a little bit excited! It was the day of FutureFoodies, hosted at Hotel La Tour in Birmingham in association with Dine Birmingham, The Gastrocard and Yelp. Its tag line was ‘Birmingham’s first ever social media food fair’ and it promised to bring independent local producers and Birmingham’s ‘Foodies’ together. Being a long time lover of great food, but relatively new to the social media and blogging arena, I was looking forward to the event.
Birmingham’s gastronomic scene has exploded over the last few years, and for someone who grew up in Birmingham, moved away for several years and then returned, the difference is immense. The variety of cuisines available is astounding, as well as the ‘way’ we eat, with street food, underground secret supper clubs etc really taking off.
The idea behind this event was great and the organisers managed to bring together up and coming producers as well as some much-loved and well established restaurants in the area, all bringing along delectable titbits of their food to tantalize our taste buds.
Everything was covered, from beer to brigadeiros, and burritos to byriani, and a whole lot of other things not beginning with ‘B!’
For me there were many highlights. Starting off with the street food, the revolution rolling out from London at speed. The Jabberwocky’s unusual flavoured toasties and to die for pancakes from Platinum Pancakes were both on show and also both regulars at Digbeth Dining Club – a street food club showcasing a variety of different vendors each Friday night at Spotlight in Digbeth. Wrapchic were also present with their Indian inspired burritos which were absolutely delicious – find them in the NorthWestern Arcade.
Some other mouthwatering dishes were to be sampled including Ubantu Homemade Breads, Lewis’s of Moseley, Punjabi Rasoi and the fabulous Le Truc Cafe, which labels itself ‘an eclectic french dining experience.’ The mini steak tartar and the whipped goats cheese mousse canapes they provided really were spectacular.
Moving on to dessert. Hotel La Tours’ own Aalto Restaurant provided a great looking dessert bar, with lots of little treats – I tried the mini jaffa cake puddings, the egg custard tarts and strawberry fool, all of which were lovely.
There were also some great cupcake samples on offer courtesy of Cupkakery and Devenish Girl. Some really interesting flavour combinations, my two front runners being Pineapple and Chilli (Cupkakery) and the G&T (Devenish Girl)
Last of the desserts, but certainly not least were some macaroons from Iammissmacaroon, and the delightful brigadeiros (Brazilian sweets) from Miss Apple Sweets. She had so many delicious flavours to try, the chocoloate and chilli one was my favourite.
Finally, we must not forget the alcohol! The were some great stalls from whiskey tasting with the Birmingham Whiskey Club, wine samples from BYwines, beer from the Beer Geek Brewery and my absolute favourite some gorgeous tasting ciders from aston manor brewery, which I will certainly be keeping my eye out for in pubs and supermarkets around Brum!
And thus the event drew to a close – it was extremely busy, full of chat and laughter and some very, very good food. Hopefully FutureFoodies will become a regular on the food event circuit for years to come.