Sunday, September 20, 2015
BIRMINGHAM INDEPENDENT FOOD FAIR
They said share your photos.
We’re bombarded with information about food; when you scroll down your social media feed, open your preferred magazine, sit down in front of the television or computer, or listen to the radio, we are inundated with messages, intelligence, reports, news, images and advice about edibles - sorry (not sorry) I'm guilty of contributing to this - and I do wonder how much of an influence it all has on people's eating habits, especially the unhealthy ones and in the context of the UK's obesity epidemic.
Despite being a self-proclaimed foodie, I do draw my limits at what I subject myself to when it comes to food: I don’t watch cookery programmes (sorry Great British Bake Off) and I don’t buy food and drink magazines but, putting aside eating out and cooking at home, I do love a good old foodie fair/festival. I've probably mentioned before that I’m not a street-food fan so when I attend these foodie fairs, I’m typically going for recipe/meal ideas and to network, rather than devour all that it is on offer at each stall.
Last week, I attended the Birmingham Independent Food Fair, an annual event that I go to each year (you may recall the previous write-up), which hosts a selection of independent chefs, restaurants, bars, producers and street-food traders. I taste-tested, chatted and laughed my way round the exhibition, purchasing a few spices to stock the kitchen cupboard and enjoying an attentively made pancake and freshly blended fruit smoothie along the way. They said 'share your photos', so that's what I'm doing.
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