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City Cafe VIP’s at Taste Birmingham

Stephen Cresswell GM city cafe with team at Taste-of-Taste

Stephen Cresswell GM city cafe with team at Taste-of-Taste

Taste of summer with City Café at Taste of Birmingham

City Café, City Inn Birmingham’s AA rosette award winning contemporary destination restaurant, is the sole sponsor of the exclusive VIP area at 2010’s Taste of Birmingham event held at the city’s Cannon Hill Park from 16 to 18 July.

VIP ticket holders at Taste of Birmingham can expect unlimited access to the private area, a complimentary glass of champagne and £15 worth of crowns – the festival currency. To make the experience even more special, City Café will be giving VIPs a taster of what they can expect at the restaurant itself, right down to the outdoor terrace area and commitment to using local fresh produce in their menus.  Guests can also bring food into the VIP area from the City Café food stall, which is directly next door. WIN VIP Tickets to Taste Birmingham worth over £80 HERE

Throughout each day of the festival, guests can enjoy non alcoholic sustenance with tea and coffee or the real taste of summer with jugs of Pimms or draft beer from Harviestoun Brewery, while taking advantage of the marquee’s prime location overlooking the event’s main music stage.

At the adjacent City Café food stall visitors can choose from a specially created menu including:
•    Trio of line caught trout (6 Crowns)
•    Loin of Shropshire lamb, mint mouse and cauliflower puree (10 Crowns)
•    English strawberry and champagne jelly with a mini choc ice (6 Crowns)
•    Seared scallop, confit of suckling pig belly, pea puree (14 crowns)

City Café specialises in modern British cuisine paying meticulous attention to every detail, from field to fork.  Produce is sourced locally where possible and original dishes are created by Birmingham’s Head Chef Neil Peers, overseen by Scott Macdonald, City Café’s Group Executive Chef.

On Friday and Saturday there will be two opening times, 12 – 4pm and 5.30 – 9.30pm.  For those looking for a mid afternoon treat afternoon tea is served on both days between 3 – 4pm.  Guests in the mood for something a bit stronger can rent a stool, or stools, at the bar and enjoy the undivided attention of their own bartender for a lesson in making a cocktail of their choice; on Saturday evening this will be accompanied by an exclusive steel drums performance providing a carnival atmosphere.

On Sunday things slow down to make for a more relaxed day; the morning session from 11am – 3pm will offer the chance to sit back with coffee, the day’s papers and enjoy some live jazz from the main stage while in the afternoon doors re-open from 4 – 7pm with afternoon tea served between 4.30 – 5.30pm and a last chance to learn how to make that perfect bellini from 6 – 7pm.

Stephen Cresswell, manager at City Inn Birmingham, commented: “Our guests are always treated as VIPs at City Cafe and the City Inn hotel so we are excited to be able to indulge ticket holders with a little bit of that same hospitality, quality of food and drink and general atmosphere through this year’s Taste of Birmingham festival.  We are lucky here in this region to be surrounded by fantastic suppliers and restaurants so it is a real pleasure to be involved in an event such as this where that is celebrated.”

Now in its fifth year, Taste of Birmingham combines international cuisine, local talent and fresh produce with sixteen of the region’s top restaurants and chefs.

Commuters at Birmingham Moor Street station will have a sneak preview of what City Café will be offering on 1 July when City Café will be giving away samples from the menu at ‘Taste of Taste’ between 4pm and 6pm. WIN VIP Tickets to Taste Birmingham worth over £80 HERE

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