Monthly Street Food Markets brings culinary delights to Kings Heath

Every second Saturday of the month, Kings Heath’s Village Square is turned into a street food market. With plenty of street food on offer, I made the trip up to Kings Heath to see what it was all about. Originally organised by Brum Yum Yum, the Kings Heath BID now organises the market. The market is not just about good food, but also the entertainment which creates a great atmosphere. There were new vendors, as well as long-time street food vendors, ready to serve customers with sweet or savoury dishes. Street Kitchen Brothers’ Director Chris Butcher spoke about what attracted his company to the market. “It’s got a fantastic reputation. We’ve seen it promoted and it’s an up and coming event, which is superb. Even though the weather is really grim, I think we’ll do very well today. “We want to broaden people’s horizons a little bit. You can get standard Greek food from any restaurant and get nice stuff abroad, but we have our own twist on the Greek classics and we’ll do some beautiful stuff today.” The Spice is Right Director Ams Singh, with his team of Sous Chefs served up a creative samosa and maple syrup and sweet chilli chicken dish, which tasted amazing when I came across their stand. Ams said “Having fun and experimenting with the spices that are around us all the time. “I have a Punjabi background and a lot of heritage there, so it’s about using what I have learned from my mum and getting it into chicken especially because it absorbs anything and it returns great results.” Chef James Walter, who travelled from Stoke-on-Trent to be at the Street Food Market, added “My brother-in-law saw it on the TV and we decided to come down and see what the locals were raving about. “It’s all about having some good food and a few cheeky wines along the way.”

Words and pictures by Umar Hassan

If you are interested in seeing what went on at the market, watch this video here. Follow me on Twitter at @umarjourno for all things news and journalism related.


Brum Fave: Kings Norton Farmers' Market

By Rickie This week’s local market feature is on Kings Norton Farmers' Market which is about to celebrate its 100th appearance in September 2013. Reportedly  the first CIC Farmers Market in the country, it was set up by volunteers and has raised £thousands for charity.Kings Norton Farmers Market collage

Regular, Tim Parsons who drives to shop at many of the city’s markets with his dog Harry, gives us a flavour.

Bizarrely, Tim found out about the market in a feature he read in the Independent newspaper and now picks up a regular stockpile of bread, cheese, cordials and oils each month. Loving the friendly, uplifting atmosphere at Kings Norton, he also makes a beeline for Kneals who supply ‘the best chocolate!’ Plus there is the delightfully named Cuffufle for jams and Sarah Edward’s Cakes/Blueberry Hill Patisserie.

Kings Norton Farmers' Market organisers say the traders all come from within a 40 mile radius of Birmingham although Tim delights in the fact that some traders ‘sell all sorts of provenance which is why they are so good!’

If buying here means paying a few pence more ‘it's not an issue’ as to ‘buy food from the producer, talk about their passion and ambition' is  worth it 'for the privilege!’

Kings Norton Farmer's Market offers a community stall free of charge to local organisations and it takes place on the second Saturday of each month on The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU. More information here

With thanks to Tim Parsons and Harry the dog. You can spot the pair at various local food markets or contact via Twitter @tmpars7

Photos courtesy of Kings Norton Farmers' Market and Tim Parsons.

Rickie J can be contacted via @BrumFaves or @RickieWrites  or find out more here

Brum Faves: Stirchley Community Market

In the next few weeks, we’re highlighting some of Birmingham’s great markets starting with Stirchley Community Market, which has just celebrated its third birthday.

Started by Stirchley Happenings, community bakery LoafSouth Birmingham Food Co-op and Birmingham City Council’s Town Centre Partnerships, this weeknight market is still run lovingly by volunteers.

Regular visitor Dave Radcliffe bikes past it on his way home from work and has been visiting since it started in 2010 and keeps up to date with developments via Facebook and Twitter. Dave has his regular fix of bread from Loaf who this month had ‘awesome pain au chocolates’ too. Cheese from Curds and Whey often makes itself into the shopper bag along with ‘the odd plant, pickles and relish, something out of the ordinary’ that he doesn’t see in supermarkets.

In addition, most of the produce is local – except for some of the French cheeses! Dave notes that it’s difficult to compare prices with supermarkets as most of the produce isn’t available there but you are ‘getting something that is different or out of the ordinary’. In any case, the stall holders are all ‘happy to talk through there products and there’s always a good chance of bumping into someone you know. Plus there are food trucks offering up gourmet toasties (Jabberwocky were at the most recent market), or coffee to let people chill out and relax to the tunes being pumped out on the bicycle powered stereo’.

Stirchley Community Market claims to be the first to feature Meatshack and Pop Up Dosa who are both household names for street food fans now. Plus there are arts and crafts stalls which add to the community feel.

If you’re local, you will no doubt already be a regular. For the rest of you, the market is just a short walk from Bournville station. Worth an after work trip to pick up hot snack treats and your groceries on the first Tuesday of the month. 4–8pm at Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, B30 2PP.

For more information on this vibrant market, follow on Twitter or check the website

Photos courtesy of Market Manager Chris Swann.

With grateful thanks to Dave Radcliffe who you can reach on Twitter via @radclifd