FOODIES and families flocked to Solihull this weekend for the highly anticipated Food Festival.
As the autumn weather swept into the borough festival goers kept warm with sizzling street food, live music and sell-out cookery shows that brought Mell Square and Touchwood to life.
Solihull’s Masterchef 2022 runner-up Pookie Tredell took to the demo kitchen to create Tom Yum Goong, a Thai soup, in a cocktail glass.
Solihull’s own Michelin Star chef Glynn Purnell was also on hand in the demo kitchen showcasing new recipes for foodies to have a go at home.
Italian maestro Aldo Zilli, and Jamaican-born favourite Rustie Lee, also showcased their skills.
As well as demonstrations there were 80 other food and drink traders in Mell Square, Mill Lane and Solihull High Street.
Organised by Solihull BID and supported by RR Events, this year’s event featured live music Rum and Reggae zone in Mell Square with tribute act Rats In The Kitchen alongside other reggae and ska musicians.
Melanie Palmer, chief executive of Solihull BID, said: “Against a challenging economic backdrop, Solihull once again joins as a community to showcase what has now become one of the finest food festivals in the UK.
“Food, music, fun and laughter in the wonderful, safe oasis that is Solihull.”
Observer photographer, Marcus Mingins, was on hand to capture a slice of the action.