A Chance Encounter with the Birmingham International Food Festival

eMag logo 100x75I was heading through the city to the gym in the early afternoon today having had my spirits dampened by the lunchtime TV weather forecast which predicted mostly rain for the afternoon. The morning had already poured gloom and rain in abundance.

But, as is so often the case with the British weather which is changeable, and the forecasters who need lessons in timing, the forecast was really, really wrong and the sun shone down on Birmingham and the temperatures soared with not a sign of rain!

The food fair was in full swing and those lucky enough to have chosen today to visit Brum, if not the food fair especially, were in high spirits. There’s nothing that the Great British Public like more than sunshine and when you add good street food and a place to sit, eat and drink in the sun they are as happy as larry. And so it was.

I’d thoroughly recommend a visit when the sun shines. The food does look deliciously different and seems to be prepared by enthusiastic experts instead of the ubiquitous franchisees who can’t (be bothered to?) get it right. I had jerk chicken from the chicken BBQ stall in my photo gallery below and it was super!

Not expecting dry weather I didn’t have a camera with me – damn!! So my trusty mobile had to record the event in Lo-Fi for the gallery below.

The fair is on every day  in Chamberlain Square, Victoria Square and New Street and finishes on  Sunday 25 August.

Geoff Caine

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