The sun poked its head out briefly this Saturday, just in time to shine down on Kings Heath Village Square, for Birmingham’s first streetfood market. We arrived just after 12pm to see that there was already a sizeable crowd milling around and sizing up the choice of food stalls from the local area and further afield too. Immediately the smells hit me, a mixture of sizzling meats, pizza, freshly brewed coffee and more.. divine.
Having purposely missed breakfast we got stuck right in, starting with amazing slow cooked lamb and salsa verde from Ross and Ross Food. Based in Oxfordshire, they also produce potted meats and terrines, these I have GOT to try! Back to breakfast – the lamb was soft and melt in the mouth and the hit of gherkin and caper from the salsa verde complimented it perfectly. The soft floury baps were the icing on the cake.
Next, we moved onto something sweet, a banoffi toastie from Leamington Spa’s Jabberwocky – that’s right, a sweet banana and caramel filled toastie. Say no more.
Then, back onto the savoury with crispy fried chicken in a buttermilk batter from Redditch based The Hungry Toad. We ordered chilli sauce but got honey and sesame – no problem there as it was delicious and the coleslaw gets a thumbs up from me too. An ingenious bunch who cook their ribs in an old filing cabinet!
As we left at around 1:30pm, the crowds were huge and the queues at each stall, testament to the quality of the grub being produced and a clear sign of success for the man behind the magic, Duncan at Brum Yum Yum . Well done and I wish you all the very best on this new and exciting venture because I think its bloody brilliant!
There was so much food to choose from, all high quality and prepared with love – sadly we didn’t get to taste it all. I’ve got my eyes on locals Pop Up Dosa and Fundi Pizza for next time. The Kings hEATh streetfood market will be held every second saturday of the month. See you there soon!