Top chefs add special ingredient to the Birmingham Wine Festival

Birmingham’s first weekend wine festival has secured some of the region’s top chefs and restaurants to provide gastronomic delights to hundreds of wine lovers.

The festival taking place at The Hyatt Regency on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June will host a series of unique food and wine matching masterclasses.

Turners, Loves Restaurant and high-end cooking collective Clarke & Lee have all signed up to produce some exciting luxury food matching with some of the world’s best wines.

Richard Turner, owner of the Michelin starred Turners Restaurant on Harborne High Street, will be creating six tasting dishes each being matched with suitable wine. Richard Turner said: “It’s great for the city to be celebrating quality food and wine. I’m delighted to be a part of the festival, the food scene in Birmingham is certainly creating a buzz across the UK and a festival such as this is a real opportunity to champion the quality of what’s going on in the region, and the importance of selecting the best wines to compliment the best ingredients, as we do at Turners.”

small-corks-ImageLoves Restaurant of Birmingham will be championing local produce matched with English wine. The restaurant has over 20 English varieties on their wine list and for the last two years has only served quality English sparkling wine instead of Champagne.

Birmingham based cooking duo Clarke & Lee will be creating a high end culinary experience. The pair have been at the forefront of pioneering new and unusual dining experiences across Birmingham including the underground foodie movement of secret supper clubs. They’ll be bringing their creative flair to the festival with some exciting food and wine pairings.

Festival goers will have unlimited tasting of wine, champagne, sparkling and fortified wines, all included in the ticket cost. Expert master-classes will also be available led by leading figures from the wine and food industry.

The event is expected to attract nearly 2,000 wine lovers from around the country. They will have the chance to taste a large selection of wines including new and rare varieties, some of which have not been seen in the city before.

Birmingham Wine Festival co-founder Amy Seton said: “We’re extremely excited about the food partnerships we’ve developed for the festival. We’re showing a real cross section of Birmingham’s food scene from Michelin star chefs to Clarke & Lee’s cooking collective. The food parings will complement the fine wine we have on offer and we’re excited to welcome wine lovers from around the country to Birmingham.”

Birmingham’s top wine retailers Loki and Connolly’s are both on board with the festival as retail partners, alongside International luxury lifestyle store Harvey Nichols.

Tickets cost £25 and are available via www.birminghamwinefestival.com

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