We love a Bank Holiday weekend in Britain, and seeing as it’s nearly (nearly) summer, pretty much every household will be barbecuing or cracking open a beer in the garden come rain or shine.
There’s also a bunch of awesome sounding barbecue events happening across the city and beyond.
Digbeth Dining Club Street Closure
DDC are kicking off the bank holiday weekend with a street closure on Friday 26th, with no less than 16 street food traders on the bill.
Birmingham legend Andy from Low ‘n’ Slow will be there to give you a taste of some of Brum’s best barbecue, alongside DDC stalwarts Indian Rasoi, Habaneros and Jabberwocky sorting your dinner, and my buddies Bournville Waffle Company and Platinum Pancakes providing dessert.
Tickets are just a quid online or £1.50 on the door.
BBQ & Beer Festival
Taste & Liquor are hosting Birmingham’s first BBQ & Beer Festival on Saturday 27th at No21 Digbeth, promising to fill the Digbeth air with the sweet aroma of hickory smoke and simmering sauce.
There’ll be local, regional and national breweries serving the drinks, while BBQ street food traders knock out ribs, pulled pork, brisket, hotdogs, burgers & wings. There’ll even be an Indian Barbecue serving up mixed meat grills.
The action starts at Midday, get tickets here for just a fiver each.
European Brew ‘n’ Q BBQ Competition
The National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent are hosting the European Brew ‘n’ Q BBQ Competition on the 27th and 28th
It’s said to be the UK’s largest competitive BBQ event, with 35 teams from 10 countries go head to head to be crowned Grand Champion.
There’s also trade stalls with pro cooking gear and food samples, locally brewed ales, cooking demonstrations and a chance to judge the contestants in ‘The People’s Choice Award’.
There’s also live music and kids entertainment, as well as free daytime entry to the brewery museum.
Things kick off at 11am and continue until 5pm both days, with day tickets priced at £6 per adult available to buy online.
Summer Markets at Sarehole Mill
Taste & Liquor are back on Sunday 28th, this time with the official launch of Summer Markets at Sarehole Mill. Open from 11-4, with Purity providing the beer, Mr Patels and Jerk Centre providing the BBQ.
There’s also fresh bread from the Sarehole Mill bakery, a Taste & Liquor cocktail pop up, tea room with hot drinks and cakes, and a vintage market.
Entry to the market is free, but for £6 you can explore the water mill that inspired some of Tolkein’s famous writings.
Failing that, take advantage of some of the city’s best beer gardens. From flaming tiki cocktails and cigars at the Prince of Wales in Moseley, proper beer and whisky at The Wellington in the city centre, soul food and cocktails on the roof terrace at The Church JQ, or my local The Station in Sutton Coldfield with a huge selection of craft beer, gin and the best beer garden in Sutton.
Have a great bank holiday weekend!