The daffodils are out in Birmingham, which can only mean one thing… The street food vendors have been firing up their grills, stoneware pizza ovens and waffle irons to bring Birmingham its first Spring Market.
Set beside the canal at The Bond in Digbeth, this market was small but perfectly formed. It featured a whole host of local street food vendors with cocktails made with freshly squeezed seasonal juices, flame grilled burgers, wood fired artisan pizza, a Routemaster bus converted into a mobile bar complete with it’s own brand of bitter, and of course the Bourneville Waffle Company’s legendary waffles.
I had to go along for a mooch and having sampled various treats, I wasn’t disappointed. I worked my way around the stalls, starting with a blackberry mojito with fresh juice, a sample of the Routemaster’s Bus Stop bitter (which as a real ale fan, was rather nice) and some fantastic food.
The star of the show for me was Becky’s Bhajis serving fantastic Indian food from their retro catering trailer adorned with flowers. I was drawn immediately by the aromatic scent drifting across the courtyard and, being greedy, decided to go for their biggest platter. With 2 of everything, I got to sample a paneer & spinach pakora, traditional onion bhaji and a deep fried, battered chili, all served with freshyly made cucumber & mint raita and a tamarind dipping sauce. As well as being gluten free and all vegetarian, these bhajis were simply amazing. They were fried freshly in front of me and the flavours were mind blowing, delicate but with a kick, and not too spicy to appreciate. If you see these guys then I urge you to try them! I’ve never been to India, but these are possibly the best bhajis I’ve ever tasted.
There’s word on the grapevine that there are plans for a summer and autumn market to follow, which is great news for Birmingham’s growing street food obsession.
First Digbeth, then the world!