Back Into Foodie Festivities! Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2015 – Day 2

After a night’s rest, it was time to return to foodie heaven (see part one here).

To start off the day, it was time for a fruity smoothie! U-Juice have been open for just under a year at the Bullring indoor market and were providing a wide range of juices and smoothies (and even trays of wheatgrass!) to the thirsty people of day 2.

U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Smoothie selection from U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Smoothie selection from U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Wifey and I shared a mango passion, which looked a little greener than the picture:

Kale Smoothie from U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Mango Smoothie from U-Juice Bar at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The nice tartness of passionfruit balanced well with the sweetness of the mango and pineapple, and perked up our spirits.

To help us moving even quicker, we had a quick taster session at Quarter Horse Coffee. Recently opened on Southside with a nice clean store, they provide coffee, beans and even coffee by subscription.

Quarter Horse Coffee at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Quarter Horse Coffee at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

We had a taste of the two choices on offer.  A sharp Costa Rican brew and a more robust, sweeter Kenyan variety.

Quarter House Coffee at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Quarter Horse Coffee at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

We picked up a packet of Kenyan coffee to use in the Aeropress, for when Douwe Egberts finest instant isn’t enough.

Kenyan Thirikyu AB Coffee from Quarter House Coffee at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Kenyan Thirikyu AB Coffee from Quarter Horse Coffee at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

A quick side shuffle took us to Claudia’s Kitchen, who were promoting their new Mr Jamaican Jerk Pork Scratchings as well as jerk chicken kebabs, wings and wraps.

Claudia's Ktchen at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Claudia’s Kitchen at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Claudia’s Kitchen at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

A few samples were on offer for trial, it was a refreshing difference to the usual Black Country scratching, the jerk spice giving a flavourful kick with a spicy aftertaste. We enjoyed them immensely and picked up a pack for Wifey’s scratching mad brother!

Claudia's Kitchen at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Claudia’s Kitchen at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Back outside again to Streetfood Alley,  a few new appearances from the previous day. Vegan Grindhouse were in attendance, who we had seen previously at Flying Teapot Markets at Sarehole Mill.

Vegan Grindhouse at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Vegan Grindhouse at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Nibbles Corner also were new for Sunday, who hail from Northamptonshire and have been on the road since May this year:

Nibbles Corner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Nibbles Corner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

And it was also a  fond hello to the team from The Southern Oven (who were there both days).

The Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

You may remember I previously had a po’boy and praline pecan brownies at Taste & Liquor with my friend Glen (which you can read about here).

The History of the Po'Boy from The Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The History of the Po’Boy from The Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

As Wifey didn’t have the chance to try the po’boy previously,  I ordered up a shrimp po’boy for us to share (though that Jambalaya looked tempting!).

The Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Shrimp Po'Boy from the Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Shrimp Po’Boy from the Southern Oven at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Again, it was a portion of beautifully light fried shrimp, with the batter giving enough crispness to counter the soft bread. The remoulade tasted like a cross between salad cream and aioli and nice fresh lettuce. Wifey gave it two thumbs up.

The clock ticked on and we headed back to the Chef Demo Tent

This time we attended a cooking game demonstration with the kitchen maestro, Chef Richard Turner of Michelin- starred Turners Restaurant in Harborne, again hosted by the lovely Vicky Osgood of Brumderland, and The Cookery Theatre Company.

A few issues surrounding a carrier bag of missing ingredients meant a slightly delayed start but things were soon underway.

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

With a few simple ingredients, a few not so simple ingredients, and a grouse, Richard set to work whilst answering questions about the history of Turner’s, using seasonal and local produce and gaining his Michelin star.

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The item you’re most unlikely to find in a supermarket is foraged pine oil.

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

It was a stunning plate of food (unfortunately no samples), but a great example of how Birmingham is gaining its burgeoning mecca status of food.

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Cooking Game with Michelin starred Richard Turner at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Post demonstration, our taste buds started to get demanding so we went in search of something sweet.  It was Tama Crepes were at their first food event! What a way to join the scene!

Tama Crepes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Ever in search of something new, we chose an apple crumble crepe. The manekineko (or should that be Crepekincko) logo was super cute too so I snapped a pic whilst the crepe was prepared.

Tama Crepes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepe at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepe at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepe at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepe at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Tama Crepe at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

The crepe was, well,  yummy  with a beautiful oat crumble sweet stewed apples and cream wrapped in a light crepe. I’m glad we had one to share as it was huge. We even had a spoon to scoop out the delicious whipped cream.

So that was it for Birmingham Independent Food Fair for 2015. It was that big, we didn’t cover even half the stuff going on and didn’t have time for all the workshops. Oh well, I’m sure we’ll be back next year to  do it all again!

(We weren’t done for food that day, however, you’ll have to wait to find what else we got up to! Until next time!

When: 13/09/2015

Where: Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2015, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham

Who: Dine BirminghamU-Juice, Quarter Horse CoffeeClaudia’s KitchenThe Southern OvenBrumderlandThe Cookery Theatre Company, and Chef Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant

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