POSTED: 27 August 2021

Ainsley Harriott to headline grand return of Solihull Food & Drink Festival

Solihull’s Food & Drink Festival makes its much-awaited return this September, headlined by the nation’s favourite chef, Ainsley Harriott.

Solihull’s Food & Drink Festival makes its much-awaited return this September, headlined by the nation’s favourite chef, Ainsley Harriott.

Taking place between Friday 24 - Sunday 26 September, the free family festival will feature over 80 food and drink traders in Mell Square, Mill Lane and Solihull High Street.

Organised by Solihull BID and supported by RR Events, this year’s event will also feature the live music Rum and Reggae zone featuring the country’s top tribute acts Rats In The Kitchen and Badness.

Plus, there’s the much-loved demo kitchen, taster tent, restaurant voucher booklet and roaming entertainment across the town centre and inside Touchwood. Look out for the dinosaurs who are looking to make Solihull their new home!

On Saturday 25 September, Ainsley Harriott takes the reins, entertaining the crowd with his unique and effervescent style in the demo kitchen before signing copies of his new cookbook in Touchwood.

He will also be joined by a line-up of great cooks including Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell and Laura Adlington, Finalist on Great British Bake Off 2020.

Ainsley Harriott MBE said: “I’m delighted to be coming to Solihull on September 25th for the Solihull Food & Drink Festival. I’ll be hoping to tickle your taste buds with cooking demonstrations and I’ll also be signing copies of my latest cookbook.

“I’m so looking forward to seeing you all in Solihull town centre, for what promises to be a fantastic weekend!”

On Sunday 26 September, the festival will focus on the kids with adventures in food and science presented by the Gastronaut, known for his fun shows on BBC and CBBC, and arts and crafts specialists Creation Station in Mell Square. Laura Adlington will also be on hand to showcase the baking skills that made her a firm favourite with viewers.

The town centre crowd will be wowed throughout the weekend with plenty of roaming entertainment including Zeus the giant T-Rex, the Comedy Waiters, Juggling Jim and kids’ favourite, the Bubbleologist.

The Solihull Food & Drink Festival is one of the West Midlands’ most anticipated events of the year and will give a big boost to the BID’s town centre businesses with thousands of extra people visiting Solihull over the three days.

Melanie Palmer, Chief Executive of Solihull BID, said: “This year’s Food Festival is a huge celebration of all the things we’ve missed over the past months – food, fun, entertainment and laughter.

“Solihull leads the way in offering a safe, colourful environment for everyone to enjoy. Dinosaurs, Ainsley Harriott, street food and reggae – what more could you want?!”

Live music lovers will be treated to some toe-tapping tunes with the likes of Rats In The Kitchen, Badness, Ricky Cool and the In Crowd and One Love performing. Reggae and ska are accompanying the delicious food and drink from Friday – Sunday. The live music stage will be in the Rum and Reggae zone at the top of Solihull High Street.

Look out also for free tasters from Solihull’s very own restaurants in the taster tent and you’ll also be planning your return visit already with all the vouchers in the sought-after voucher booklet providing mouth-watering offers.

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