Your chance to win a pair of tickets for the Foodies Festival Birmingham

18th April 2016

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Birmingham with a lip-smacking feast at Cannon Hill Park 3rd – 5th June.

We have three pairs of tickets for Birmingham to giveaway for Gastro Card holders.

For your chance to win this fabulous prize either re-tweet and follow @thegastrocard and @foodiesfestival #Birmingham #FoodiesFest or to enter by email, contact with the subject heading “Foodies Festival Birmingham” by the closing date below.

Terms and Conditions: Three lucky winners will be chosen at random from all entries, after the closing date of 20th May at 5pm.

By entering this competition, you agree to receive occasional details of offers and promotions from Gastro Card or the competition promoters.

Don’t want to leave it to chance? Then take advantage of our 2 for 1 Foodies Festivals ticket offer here.

This competition is now closed .

The winners are Matthew Bowater, Leonie Owen and Gail Orton. Congratulations and have a fabulous foodie time!



  • Bake Off winner Nadiya and Birmingham’s Michelin-starred chefs cooking live
  • Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli launches his street food range serving Italian Burritos
  • Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue
  • More award-winning producers than ever before
  • Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
  • New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
  • Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards
  • Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre This year’s festival sees Birmingham’s culinary elite and Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain cooking live in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, showcasing their culinary skills, sharing insight into 2016’s food trends and answering questions from the audience.

Chefs taking part include (more TBC):

Nadiya Hussain

  • Nadiya Hussain – Great British Bake Off Winner 2015
  • Aktar Islam – Lasan Group & Great British Menu
  • Richard Turner – Turners (Michelin starred)
  • Brad Carter – Carters (Michelin starred)
  • Nathan Eades – Simpsons (Michelin starred)
  • Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015
  • Andy Waters – Waters Restaurant
  • Ben Tennent – Opus Restaurant
  • Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free
  • James Wong – Chung Ying
  • Nigel Brown – Celebrity Chef
  • Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010
  • Jackie Kearney – The Hungry Gecko and MasterChef Finalist 2011
  • Festival-goers can also discover the advantages of eating ‘Feel Good Foods’ such as cheese (a source of phenylethylamie – the love drug) and dark chocolate and seaweed (both sources of serotonin – the happy drug) as experts promote their nutritional and emotional benefits with energy, happiness and calm boosting recipes available to take home.
  • Artisan Producers Market A glittering array of Great Taste Award winners are available to shop and sample from this year, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink – a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, learn their story and stock up on award winning produce.
  • With over 120 stalls to peruse at each festival, selling everything from Seaweed Seasoning to Champagne Infused Fudge, visitors will be spoilt for choice for what to eat at the festival and take home to enjoy.
  • Drinks Theatre Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials.
  • Visitors can test their taste buds with blindfolded whisky challenges, where they will have to taste and smell to try and identify ingredients and country of origin. These classes are also a great opportunity for novices to learn about whisky and its history.
  • Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room Bake-Off winner Nadiya joins baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti on the Cake & Bake stage, working their baking wizardry to inspire visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes.
  • A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and trifles to enjoy with a bubble tea or fresh juice.
  • Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen.
  • Into the Jungle Festival goers can munch their way into the depths of the jungle this summer with a trip to the Vietnamese Street Food stand, where those with a taste for the exotic can indulge in insects, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, mealworms, beetles, scorpions, locus and ants.
  • These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein – to bake, season and cook with.
  • For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bush Tucker Trial on the Challenge Stage, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion.
  • Childrens Cookery School The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon.  Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.
  • Chilli-Eating Challenge The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu.
  • Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.
  • Live Music and Pop-Up Bars
  • After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus.
  •  Street Food Avenue With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer.
  • Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer, and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be serving Italian Burritos as part of his new street food offering.
  • There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ and Rio’s favourite dish Feijoada made from black beans, salted pork, trimmings, smoked sausage and jerk beef, which is cooked in a traditional clay pot.
  • Brazil’s national cocktail Caipirinha, a mix of lime, sugar and Cachaça (made from sugarcane juice with an ABV of 48%), and Brazilian coffees will be available.
  • Feel Good and Superfoods Visitors can enjoy a new ‘Feel Good Foods’ theme at Foodies Festival this summer, with healthy living chefs and food writers joining the line-up to cook with superfoods including kefir, lucuma, freekeh, kelp and banana flour, and sirt rich foods such as blueberries, kale, celery, buckwheat, turmeric, chilli and red onion.