THE BIGGEST ever celebration of food and drink to take place in Solihull town centre starts tomorrow (Friday).
With 24 food and drink stalls providing live cooking and tastes and aromas from around the world, Mell Square will become foodie central for the sixth annual BIG Taste food and beer festival on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.
Every one of the BIG Taste food and drink stalls features a Solihull town centre bar, restaurant or café to help promote local businesses large and small.
With free entry visitors can browse the stalls and watch live cooking by Solihull’s talented chefs and baristas, enjoy live music and plan which restaurant to visit next.
All BIG Taste visitors will receive a voucher booklet for huge discounts at town centre restaurants after the festival weekend has finished.
The festival is being promoted by Solihull Business Improvement District (BID) and is intended to help raise the profile of the town centre’s flourishing food and drink outlets.
Melanie Palmer, Solihull BID Director, said: “There are some truly amazing places to eat and drink in Solihull town centre and the biggest ever BIG Taste festival will celebrate this and more.
“From high street favourites to independent cafes and even a local brewery, there’s something to whet the appetite of all visitors and we look forward to welcoming them to Mell Square.”
An inflatable football darts competition on the Friday of BIG Taste will give one town centre employee the chance to win free car parking for a year, with other prizes up for grabs.
Among the many food and drink highlights is the recently-opened Beech House Restaurant, which will have its own Beech Hut stall offering pulled pork in Beech Hut BBQ sauce served in a brioche bun with slaw; lamb kofta with yoghurt, sweet chillies and slaw; smashed sweet potato with feta, yoghurt, cucumber and chilli and Beech Hut brownies with BBQ’d banana.
The popular Walkabout bar and restaurant on Poplar Road will be serving Aussie beef burgers, kangaroo burgers, wild boar burgers and classic hot dogs, along with a selection of Australian beers and wines.
The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Mike Robinson, said: “I think the BIG Taste festival is a wonderful opportunity for our local businesses to show what they can do.
“There’s a lot on offer in Solihull and the food festival will be a great chance to show local people and visitors what the town centre is all about.”
For more information about the BIG Taste festival visit www.solihullbid.co.uk
The BIG Taste includes live cooking and stalls from:
The Assembly Rooms
The Flute and Flagon
The Masons Arms
The White Swan
Met Bar and Kitchen
House of Fraser Restaurant and Café
The Jiyaan Restaurant
George’s Bar at The Ramada
Marks and Spencer
The Beech Hut
Coast to Coast
Eb and Flow