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Foodie Fans – it’s time to save the date 28th - 30th September as the Solihull Food and Drink Festival returns for the 8th year!

This year’s food festival will be the biggest and best one yet, with not just one, but three famous faces in our demo kitchen. Last year we saw Dave Myers from the Hairy Bikers show us how to cook the best fish and chips, and this year we wanted to offer you more. There will be demonstrations from the award-winning celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, Eat Well for Less? and Britain’s Best Home Cook judge Chris Bavin and Great British Bake Off’s much loved Val Stones. With Itailian and Indian dishes being so popular in the UK we have also got demonstrations from Italian chef Felice Tocchini and Indian chef Manju Malhi.

Our demo kitchen will be accompanied by over 120 continental food stalls and bars, children’s entertainment including Solihull’s favourite Mr Bubble, food tasters, the most loved voucher booklets for Solihull venues and the all new evening area with funky street food and bands on until later in the evening on Friday and Saturday.

After a successful launch last year, The BIG Ale Trail is also back for the second year running. Purchase your branded Ale Trail glass and enjoy a swig of Solihull’s selected local bars' finest tipples.

Tingle your taste buds with flavours from all over the globe on the high street, get tips from the best in the business, take part in the The BIG Ale Trail, enjoy evening live music and experience Solihull’s finest flavours for months after the event with your voucher booklet. Best of all the event is FREE to attend!

Purchase tickets for the celebrity chef demos and the BIG Ale Trail by clicking here

Demo Kitchen Line Up

Demo Kitchen Line Up

Tickets

If you want some tips from the very best, make sure you get your tickets for our celebrity chef demos with Jean-Christophe Novelli, Chris Bavin, Val Stones, Felice Tocchini and Manju Malhi!

Book Jean-Christophe Novelli Tickets (£5*) here

Book Chris Bavin Tickets (£5*) here

Book Val Stones Tickets (£5*) here

Book Felice Tocchini Tickets (£2*) here

Book Manju Malhi Tickets (£2*) here

Book Tony Elvin Wine Tasting Tickets (FREE) here

Book tickets for the launch Gala Dinner with Jean-Christophe Novelli at Crowne Plaza Solihull (£44.99) here

Book tickets for the BIG Ale Trail (£5) here

*You will also be charged a small booking fee when buying online. You will be able to buy tickets on the day at the Solihull BID gazebo (in Mell Square) subject to availability.

Special Guests

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI

Jean-Christophe Novelli

*To launch the festival there will be a gala dinner with Jean-Christophe Novelli* at Crowne Plaza Solihull. The gala dinner is a ticketed event with limited tickets available. Call 0121 623 9988 for more details and to book your tickets.

CHRIS BAVIN

Chris Bavin

VAL STONES

Val Stones

FELICE TOCCHINI

Felice Tocchini

MANJU MALHI

Manju Malhi

CHRIS LACEY

Chris Lacey

TONY ELVIN

Tony Elvin

ROB PALMER

Rob Palmer

Live Music (Purple Zone)

Wine Tasting

BIG Ale Trail

Ale Trail Map

To celebrate the Solihull Food and Drink Festival we have now launched the BIG Ale Trail! Enjoy a tour of Solihull’s fantastic bars and sample a selection of craft beers. The trail starts Friday 28th September and ends on Sunday 30th September from 12pm – 8pm each day.

Your trail map will guide you to the selected Solihull bars, where you will receive your complimentary 1/3 pint. Your £5 ticket includes souvenir Big Ale Trail glass and trail card.

BUYING TICKETS:- Click here to book tickets for the Ale Trail.

The participating bars are:

The Beech House, Warwick Road

Esabella’s, Warwick Road

Flute & Flagon, Station Road

The Masons Arms, High Street

Revolution, Station Road

Royal British Legion, Union Road

Tap & Tandoor, Warwick Road

The White Swan, Station Road

Trail card and glasses can be collected from the Solihull BID gazebo in Mell Square from Friday morning (September 28th) and it will be open at the following times:

Friday 28th September - 11am - 6pm

Saturday 29th September - 11am - 5pm

Sunday 30th September - 11am - 5pm

You must be 18 years or older to take part. Please drink responsibly.

Launch Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner

The biggest-ever Solihull Food and Drink Festival will launch with a special gala dinner hosted by award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.

The gala dinner will be held at Crowne Plaza, Solihull, on Friday, September 28th at 7.30pm. Guests will be welcomed with a Champagne reception before enjoying a three-course meal inspired by Jean-Christophe. There will also be live entertainment, a prize draw and a Q&A with the star chef.

To book tickets, call 0121 623 9988 or click here

BID Card Offer

BID Card Offer

If you're a Solihull BID Card holder, make sure you take advantage of our great offer and head to the BID Gazebo on Friday, September 28th! But be quick, only the first 100 people will be able to claim their voucher for either two free drinks or one free meal up to the value of £8!

Getting Here

We are expecting an uplift in footfall and therefore car parking spaces may be limited, we would highly recommend considering public transport if possible.

By Bus
The following bus services 3, 5, 5A, 6, 31, 37, 49, 58, 71, 72, 73, 76, X2 all stop in Solihull Town Centre. To check for bus times visit www.nxbus.co.uk/local/west-midlands/

By Train
Solihull Station is along the Chiltern Rail Line, this goes directly from Birmingham Moor Street to Solihull then down to Warwick, Leamington and London. Solihull Station is a short walk to Solihull Town Centre and could be the perfect stress free route into Solihull.

By Car
Solihull is easily reached by car. Junction 5 of the M42 is only a short distance away from the town centre, providing a convenient link to the M6, M5 and M40 motorways.

Brueton car park
Location: Warwick Road, B91 3HW
Park Mark car park | Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 69 spaces | 3 disabled parking spaces | 3-hour maximum stay

Church Hill car park
Location: Church Hill Road, B91 3QS
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 127 spaces | Electric vehicle charging point - a Chargemaster card is required to use the free charging point and cables are not provided. Normal parking charges apply | Maximum vehicle height: 2m / 7ft 4in

Council House car park
Location: Council House, Manor Square (Enter via Church Hill Road island), B91 3PX
Open weekends and public holidays only | 174 spaces | Maximum vehicle height: 3.8m / 12ft 7in

Dominion Court car park
Location: Herbert Road, B91 3QE
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 100 spaces Monday to Friday (lower deck) / 200 spaces Saturday and Sunday (upper and lower decks) | 3 disabled parking spaces | Maximum vehicle height: 2m / 6ft 6in

John Lewis Car Park
Location: Touchwood, B91 3RA
Open 7.30am – 10.30pm daily | 1,034 spaces | Disabled parking spaces

Lode Lane car park
Location: Lode Lane, B91 3AB
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 486 spaces | Disabled parking spaces | Maximum vehicle height: 2.2m / 7ft 2in | Electric vehicle charging point - a Chargemaster card is required to use the free charging point and cables are not provided. Normal parking charges apply

Malvern car park
Location: New Road, B91 3HW
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 69 spaces | 3 disabled parking spaces | 2 hour maximum stay

Marks and Spencer car park
Location: Poplar Road, B91 3AB
Open 7.40am-9.00pm (Monday-Friday), 7.15am-9.00pm (Saturday) and 9.30am-5.30pm (Sunday) | 569 spaces | 20 disabled parking spaces | Maximum vehicle height: 1.9m / 6ft 5in | Electric vehicle charging point a - Chargemaster card is required to use the free charging point and cables are not provided. Normal parking charges apply

Mell Square car park
Location: Warwick Road, B91 3DT
Open 7.00am-9.00pm (Monday-Friday), 7.00am-9.00pm (Saturday) and 9.00am-6.00pm (Sunday) | 950 spaces | Disabled parking spaces | Maximum vehicle height: 1.9m / 6ft 5in | Electric vehicle charging point - a Chargemaster card is required to use the free charging point and cables are not provided. Normal parking charges apply

Monkspath Hall Road car park
Location: Monkspath Hall Road, B91 3LU
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 1,043 spaces | Maximum vehicle height: 2m / 6ft 6in

Solihull College Car Park
Location: Solihull College & University Centre, Blossomfield Road, B91 1SB
Open especially for LR Fest | 200 spaces available

Touchwood
Location: Touchwood, B91 3GJ
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | 664 spaces | Disabled parking spaces | Electric vehicle charging point

Tudor Grange Leisure Centre Car Park
Location: Blossomfield Road, B91 1NB | Restrictions apply Monday to Sunday from 7.00am to 6.00pm

Additional Parking

St Johns Hotel
Limited spaces available.
*There would be a £4.00 day charge for a car, with the option to redeem this amount if used on food & beverage in the hotel; minimum spend £10.00

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