6 Tastings & Talks with Local Food Heroes at Birmingham Independent Food Fair

Visitors can explore chocolate, craft beer, gin, wine and street food, in a series of masterclasses now available to book at Birmingham Independent Food Fair.

The festival of local food has rounded up some of Birmingham’s top experts.They will share their wisdom with those looking to delve deeper into their favourite food or drink.

Whether it’s Chocolate Tasting, Beer Boot Camp or Wine for Adventurers, there’s something to suit all curious tastebuds.

See one that takes your fancy? You can book your place when buying your tickets to the food fair.

1. Gin-troductions: Getting to Know Gin (with Carl Hawkins)

Gin is a glorious spirit! Join Carl ‘Gintle-man’ Hawkins – one of Birmingham’s master mixologists – for a tasting of special gins. You’ll recognise him – he used to be at The Jekyll and Hyde and now works at Opus. You’ll also learn a bit of light-hearted history and background to the vintage drink. (3 gins, 45 mins)

  • Saturday 12th September at 2.00pm
  • Sunday 13th September at 2.00pm


2. Chocolate Tasting (with Neil Hughes of Kneals Chocolates)

Award winning local chocolatier Kneals Chocolates returns to the fair for a second year with a chocolate tasting masterclass. Join Neil Hughes to taste through a series of hand-crafted chocolates and learn how the delicious treat is made (45 mins)

  • Saturday 12th September at 12.30pm
  • Sunday 13th September at 12.30pm


3. Beer Boot Camp (with David Shipman)

Get a liquid education with 4 beers exploring the key brewing ingredients: water, malt, hops & yeast. David Shipman (Birmingham Beer Bash, Otherton Ales) explains the brewing process and how each ingredient adds to the finished product. (4 beers, 45 mins)

  • Saturday 12th September at 2.00pm


4. Street Food: How to Set Up Your Own Business (with Alan Fox NCASS)

Could you take your food to market? Alan Fox from NCASS, the association with 28 years’ experience in mobile catering, is giving a tutorial for just £5 (normally £150). Learn how to set up and succeed in street food. (Talk, 45 mins)

  • Saturday 12th September at 4.00pm
  • Sunday 13th September at 3.30pm


5. Wine for Beginners: How to Taste Wine Like a Pro (with Loki Wine)

Everything you wanted to know about wine, but were too afraid to ask! Loki Wine, Birmingham’s premier wine retailer, will take you through three wines and give you the knowledge to examine, taste and judge wine like a pro. (3 wines, 45 mins)

  • Saturday 12th September at 1.00pm
  • Sunday 13th September at 1.00pm


6. Wine for Adventurers: If You Like This, Try… (with Loki Wine)

Bored of Merlot and Chardonnay? Try something new! Loki Wine guides you through a tasting of unusual alternatives to everyday picks. Add new wines to your repertoire and escape the cycle of repeat-buying the same old bottles. (3 wines, 45 mins)

  • Saturday 12th September at 4.00pm
  • Sunday 13th September at 3.30pm


How do you book into a tasting or talk?

Book your food fair tickets online and when you get to the checkout, look at ‘Additional Items’ and select the session or sessions you want. Easy!

Already bought your food fair tickets? Book tasting sessions by entering the promotional code, ACCESSTASTINGS.

Get your tickets and book a masterclass here

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