Boozy slushies, dirty burgers and great company. That’s just a small snapshot of what was on offer at the latest Independent Birmingham Festival. I spent a gloriously sunny Sunday at Aston Hall with Bite Your Brum, Caramel Latte Kiss & Eat with Ellen, plus a guest appearance from Brumhour‘s famous Dave eating ALL the food.
The Independent Birmingham Festival always seems to attract the best of Birmingham’s street food, and this event was no exception. I’d been there for a total of around 6 minutes before I ordered myself a burger from the Meat Shack.
I went for the Hell Shack, a 28 day aged beef patty with chilli relish, spicy cheese and XXX hot sauce. I also got the chance to chat with Paul; he said he doesn’t like bloggers much, but he was pretty lovely to me, and made me a cracking burger.
Literally oozing with meat juice, cheese and hot sauce, this little beauty was as messy and delightful as you’d imagine. A pretty perfect start to the day.
After that, it was straight onto the booze, and I made a beeline for 40 St Pauls for their rhubarb & custard gin slushie.
It was pretty bloody delicious too. It was made with Slingsby gin, so I think the rhubarb & custard element was flavouring, but it was really good nonetheless. I just wish I hadn’t drank it so fast seeing as it was £7 a pop.
I also got lucky that I got one straight away, as later in the day some people had to wait for the slushy machine to do its magic.
We hit the Prosecco after that, which turned out to be a great value option. Prosecco by the glass was £5, but bottles were £18 and had about 4 1/2 glasses per bottle. If you’re heading to the next event, you can thank me later.
Next on the menu for me was Bonehead. I’ve not made it to the restaurant yet so it was on my list to try. Me & Ellen shared a portion of their original wings with garlic mayo.
These were a great snack to share between 2. The wings were fried until crispy on the outside, but were still juicy on the inside, and weren’t coated in anything too heavy. The garlic mayo on them was a nice addition, but I could have done with more of it. They weren’t too messy either, I always get anxiety about eating wings in public in case I get into a total state, so these were a great option, although I did appreciate the KFC style wet wipes!
With the taste for chicken firmly on my lips, as soon as I spotted a lull in the queue, I headed over to Buddha Belly for a gigantic portion of their crispy marinated chicken & noodles.
There’s a reason Buddha Belly are one of Birmingham’s favourite street food traders, and this bowl of wonderfulness really brought it home.
The chicken was deliciously flavoured and really juicy, with a crisp batter coating. The noodles were gorgeous, smothered in their signature curry sauce with a zingy little cucumber and onion salad on the side.
Laura from Bite Your Brum also had the crispy chicken and noodles but switched the usual curry sauce for their IB special satay sauce, which she said was bloody amazing.
Also on the slushy wagon was The Vanguard bar, who were serving up these amazing mead slushies.
It tasted like Solero ice lollies, but with booze. This made it categorically my favourite drink of the day.
I’d eaten so much chicken I didn’t get any dessert, but there were some amazing looking cakes and doughnuts on offer, plus espresso soft serve from Quarter Horse Coffee.
Of course it wasn’t all about the food though, we had a blast at the music stage drinking beer from The Wolf, listening to a brass band play Beyonce and singer songwriter Call Me Unique smash out 90’s classics from TLC and Christina Aguilera.
I had a brilliant day with awesome company from these amazing blogging ladies. If you want to have as much fun as us, make sure you get along to the next one.
I paid for my Independent Birmingham Festival ticket and all my food & drink myself. My opinions are, as always, my own.