FOODIES and families flocked to Solihull for the long-awaited return of the Solihull Food and Drink Festival.
Rain failed to dampen spirits during the festival as the abundance of sizzling street food, live music and sell-out cookery shows brought Mell Square and Touchwood to life.
Reggae and ska lovers flocked to fill the Rum and Reggae zone, listening to Rats in the Kitchen, Ricky Cool and the In Crowd and One Love, while the smell of barbecues and jerk chicken added to the party atmosphere.
Great British Bake Off 2020 finalist Laura Adlington was also on hand to showcase the baking skills that made her a firm favourite with viewers.
TV chef Ainsley Harriott was moving to the beat as he packed out the demo kitchen before signing copies of his latest book.
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.
There was plenty on offer for the children from a workshop with CBBC’s Gastronaut to a dinosaur take over – complete with a giant T-Rex – in Mell Sqaure,
Melanie Palmer, chief executive of Solihull BID, said: “We were delighted to see the town centre filled with people thoroughly enjoying the festival atmosphere.
“The event has also helped to raise the profile of everything the town centre has to offer all year round and attracted a new audience from our competitor towns, and now we roar into Octobersaurus.”