It’s almost time to watch chef demonstrations and indulge in dishes from around the world at Brindleyplace’s free food festival. Taking place in Central Square from 11am this Friday (13/09) and Saturday (14/09) festival-goers can enjoy a mouth-watering selection of international cuisines at over 20 stalls.

Street food and takeaway dishes will be on offer from Sri Lanka, Eastern Europe, Spain, Turkey and even America. Meaning they’re perfect to devour straight away or savour in the comfort of your own home.

Live music from across the globe will be playing throughout the festival, so you could find yourself tapping to the rhythm of steel drums, shaking to live Mariachi band, or even swinging your hips to the sound of Samba! As well as live entertainment, Birmingham Allotment Group will be giving out delicious samples and hosting a veg-based quiz. Free bean seeds and pots of compost will also be handed out to kids during the quiz to encourage their growing skills!

On Saturday (14/09) visitors will get the chance to watch professionals in action at the Food Demo Kitchen. Learn how to cook stand-out dishes from across the world with top chef, Simon Brown; or take a peek into the world of fine dining with Maribel’s Harvey Perttola, one of the city’s youngest culinary stars. Resident bars and restaurants are also involved, with slots to discover the art of cocktail making from Pitcher and Piano and perfecting pizza with Piccolino

Stacey Muir, Marketing & Events Executive at Brindleyplace, said:

“We can’t wait for this autumn’s food festival. We know our office workers, local residents and neighbours love the food markets we run through the summer, so we are bringing some new flavour to Brindley with another free event!  It will be packed full of food and entertainment. Enjoy as much street food as you can manage at our specialist stalls, check out the Demo Kitchen, chill out in the square or get your dancing shoes on to the live music.”

Brindleyplace’s charity partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities UK will be treating festival-goers to a celebration in honour of its 30th birthday. You’ll be able to take part in the Static Bike Challenge and help cycle 300 miles while raising much-needed funds for the charity on the Friday, or enjoy a birthday cupcake of your own creation and take part in a treasure hunt on the Saturday – all while supporting the vital work the charity carries out.

Ronald McDonald House Charities UK supports families while their child receives care and treatment in a specialist children’s hospital, by giving them a warm and welcoming place to rest their heads, just a moment away from their child. Over the last 30 years, they have helped nearly 50,000 families during some of the toughest periods in their lives.

Please find the full timetable Saturday’s free Food Demo Kitchen below:

  • 11.00 – 11.30 – Simon Brown
  • 11.45 – 12.15 – Piccolino
  • 12.30 – 13.00 – Simon Brown
  • 13.15 – 13.45 – Ronald McDonald House Charities and Caviar & Chips
  • 14.00 – 14.30 – Simon Brown
  • 14.45 – 15.15 – Maribel
  • 15.30 -16.00 – Simon Brown
  • 16.15 – 16.45 – Vietnamese Street Kitchen
  • 17.00 – 17.30 – Pitcher & Piano

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