Today’s guest blog is by Amy Seton from the Birmingham Whisky Festival
“Birmingham has long been regarded as a city with a vibrant food and drink culture and a strong and diverse community of artisan retailers, producers and foodies.
One of the city’s growing trends is expert whisky tasting and matching, and next month sees the return of Whisky Birmingham, the city’s only large-scale celebration of the ‘water of life’. Taking place on March 1 at canal-side venue The Bond in Digbeth, Whisky Birmingham will bring together some of the whisky world’s biggest names, including Morrison Bowmore, Gordon & MacPhail, Japanese brand Suntory, BenRiach and Glendronach.
The festival will also continue its tradition of collaborating with the cream of the city’s food and drink scene. The Soul Food Project return with their signature mouth-watering Deep South inspired cuisine, alongside Pop-Up Dosa, who will be serving up authentic Keralan street food.
Whisky bar The Victoria will again be hosting an onsite ‘Afterhours Speakeasy’ at the venue, ending the festival with live music and whisky cocktails. Masterclasses on offer will see whisky paired with artisan produce including cheese, chocolate and cigars. Birmingham-based cheesemongers Curds & Whey and Kneals Chocolates join the festival line-up for the first time for special whisky-themed tasting sessions, while global cigar importers Hunters & Frankau return for a Cuban cigar and whisky masterclass.
Local bloggers Living Room Whisky will be reprising their popular ‘bloggers’ choice’ stand. This will be a really fun and informal event perfect for those just starting out in the world of whisky and those who are already whisky connoisseurs.”
Further details, and information about tickets, can be found through the festival website