Yesterday called for a bit of a celebration, as it was L's last shift at work until after our honeymoon! It was made easier by the fact it was a short shift (7am-3pm) and her colleagues had bought in food for a mini party to say goodbye to her for the next four weeks!
Date night (or day) used to be our favourite thing ever, but saving for a wedding means we've had to reduce the number of dates we go on. Being as food obsessed as we are makes this even harder!
However, I found out about an event being held in a fairly new luxury hotel, Hotel La Tour, in Birmingham, named as 'Birminghams first social media food fair'. It was organised by various food and promotional organisations for Birmingham, and aimed to bring together independant food and drink business wanting to promote and provide samples of their product, with social media users who love to tweet/blog/instagram their fave foodie experiences.
Best of all, it was all completely free!
We signed up for tickets, then went along yesterday evening.
Hotel La Tour is beautiful, modern, luxurious, and obviously very new. It stands out a little less with the recent developments that are popping up around it, with the area apparently aiming to become a museum and arts quarter.
Once inside the (very busy) event, the idea is to wander around the different stalls, chat to the vendors, and sample away! Although some stalls were more popular than others, orderly and fast moving queues meant the experience wasn't stressful or rushed.
First we sampled stalls offering 'starter' type samples, including homemade breads, dips and cheeses, (I loved the chilli and harissa houmous and L loved the walnut bread), canapes, and some citrussy cocktails. We particularly enjoyed the food from a cafe/deli near us in Moseley, and will definitely pop in for more!
For our 'mains' we had veggie soya burritos from an indian/mexican fusion company, gourmet toasted sandwiches, and veggie curry from a punjabi takeaway. Everything was so delicious!
We somehow found room for desert, managing to fit in summeryberry & lime cupcakes, ginger fudge, Eton Mess cake, pistachio meringues and salted peanut butter macaroons (I loved them!).
Completely full up of gorgeous food, and with lots of flyers for the places we want to visit, we then decided to walk through the new East Side park, which has been recently built next to Millenium Point, and enjoyed the evening sunshine.
Lots of food, and all free - definitely a succesful date! I wonder what we'll be up to a week today....