Birmingham Independent Food Fair Birmingham Independent Food Fair is back, with organisers adding an extra day to take the festival across the weekend of 12th-13th September. The event is dedicated to showcasing Birmingham’s independent food and drink sector, which has seen the addition of many new restaurants and bars in recent months. Local food heroes and independent restaurants Millennium Point will be the setting for a larger gathering of sixty local food and drink businesses, ranging from restaurants to drinks merchants to street food traders. Local experts like Phil Innes fromLoki Wine will host a programme of tasting sessions, offering visitors the chance to learn more about the food and drink on offer. Restaurants planning to join this year’s festival include Amantia, a family-run Spanish tapas restaurant that opened earlier this year on Bennett’s Hill in the city centre. More space, more food and more entertainment As well as growing into a two-day event, the fair will expand across into Eastside Park, with more outdoor stalls and a communal dining area planned to create a street party atmosphere. Live music by local artists will entertain visitors, while a host of street food traders including soul food specialist Big Papas prepare and dish out food in the open air. Also signed up to the festival are The Penang Laksa Co, a new Malaysian street food concept serving up authentic soup, salad and noodles by chef Nick Shrimpton. Tickets will be released this month (June), while more info is available at www.bhamindfoodfair.co.uk Businesses wishing to take part in the festival can apply at www.bhamindfoodfair.co.uk/traders Booking for this event has now closed.