The Independent Birmingham Festival is on 20-21 July and here are 34 reasons why you need to be there. Spoiler alert – Laghi’s is one of them!

FOODIES ASSEMBLE! THE INDEPENDENT BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL AT ASTON HALL RETURNS THIS JULY – AND IT’S ALL OF YOUR WILDEST FOODIE DREAMS COME TRUE!

That’s right folks. Following the huge success of the previous two SOLD OUT Independent Birmingham Festivals At Aston Hall, we’re bringing this fantastic event back – and making it even bigger and better! Join us on 20-21 July for another fun-filled Independent Birmingham festival, this time held at the truly iconic Aston Hall.

At the time of writing this article HALF of our tickets are now gone. Grab yours HERE to avoid missing out!

For those with tickets, sit back and bask in your awesomeness – all that’s left to do is wait in eager anticipation (and plan your feasting!). For those who still need to get tickets, here are 34 reasons why you NEED to attend the Independent Birmingham Festival At Aston Hall this July.

OUR LAST FIVE FESTIVALS SAW SOLD OUT CROWDS CELEBRATE BIRMINGHAM’S MARVELLOUS INDEPENDENT CULTURE. THIS TIME, WE’VE GOT ANOTHER SPECTACULAR SHOWCASE FOR YOU.

WE HAVE 28 OF BRUM’S VERY BEST FOOD/DRINK TRADERS LINED UP FOR AN EPIC FEAST UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE EXPERIENCED BEFORE.

 

BRUM BBQ LEGENDS LOW ’N’ SLOW WILL BE BRINGING THE FIRE AND MEAT. WE’RE UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED.

COCKTAILS? WE’VE GOT THE VERY BEST IN THE BUSINESS. SINCE OPENING LAST YEAR 18/81 HAVE BEEN MAKING HUGE WAVES IN BRUM’S DRINK SCENE. COME AND TRY THEIR SENSATIONAL PRE-BATCHED COCKTAILS FOR YOURSELF. COCKTAILS AND SUNSHINE, WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T DRINK, 18/81 WILL ALSO BE SERVING UP A RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS MENU OF NON-ALCOHOLIC COCKTAILS FOR YOU TO ENJOY. THEY’LL TASTE JUST LIKE SUMMER IN A GLASS, AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THEM!

THE BRILLIANT LAGHI’S DELI ARE BRINGING THEIR PIZZA OVEN! WE CAN’T WAIT FOR A TASTE OF THEIR AUTHENTIC ITALIAN EATS #PIZZAISLIFE

ASTON HALL IS A TRULY BEAUTIFUL AND ICONIC HERITAGE SITE. JUST THINK OF ALL THOSE AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHS YOU CAN TAKE. AND THINK OF ALL THE FOOD AND DRINK. MMMMMM…

AND ON THE DAY YOU’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THE INSIDE OF ASTON HALL. GO DISCOVER SOMEWHERE NEW AND INTRIGUING.

BURGERS? SURE WE’VE GOT BURGERS – FROM TWO OF THE VERY BEST IN THE BUSINESS. THE AWARD WINNING MEAT SHACK AND THE AWARD WINNING PATTY FREAKS WILL BOTH BE SLINGING DELICIOUS MEAT-FILLED BUNS ALL WEEKEND. JUST FORM AN ORDERLY QUEUE BEHIND US, YEAH?

THE INDIAN BREWERY WILL BE SERVING UP THEIR FANTASTIC INDIAN STREET FOOD, AND BRINGING THEIR BIRMINGHAM LAGER FOR YOU TO DRINK TOO. WE’RE SO, SO EXCITED FOR THIS!

BRUNCH FANS, ONE OF BRUM’S FAVES WAYLAND’S YARD WILL BE AT THE FESTIVALS SERVING UP THEIR IMMENSELY TASTY IS-IT-BREAKFAST-IS-IT-LUNCH DISHES. THEIR EGGY CRUMPETS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD.

NEED SOME CRAFT BEER IN YOUR LIFE? US TOO. WE’VE GOT BRUM BEER HEROES BURNING SOUL BREWING, ATTIC BREW CO. AND THE WOLF SERVING UP LOCALLY-BREWED CRAFT BEER THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. BEER AND SUNSHINE, ALWAYS A GREAT COMBINATION.

IF YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR FEASTING FOR THE DAY, THEN YOU NEED TO PLAN A VISIT TO BUDDHA BELLY FOR THEIR UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS THAI EATS. THEY’RE RATHER PHOTOGENIC FOR YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED TOO…

YOU NEED TO COME AND EAT THIS CHEESECAKE FROM URBAN CHEESECAKE – IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU DROP EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING AND GRAB YOUR TICKETS, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IS!

THIS IS A DOG-FRIENDLY EVENT. WE HAD LOADS TURN UP TO OUR LAST FESTIVAL. SO THERE’S A 300% CHANCE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO STROKE LOTS OF DOGS AND BOOP SOME SNOOTS. MARVELLOUS!

EVER TRIED MEAD? THE VANGUARD AT 1000 TRADES WILL BE SERVING UP THIS CURIOUS (AND IMMENSELY TASTY) TIPPLE FROM THEIR POP-UP BAR. IF WE ASK NICELY THEY MAY EVEN BRING THEIR SLUSHIE MACHINE WITH THEM. MEAD SLUSHIE ANYONE?

VEGGIES AND VEGANS YOU AREN’T FORGOTTEN. BA-HA WILL BE SERVING UP THEIR ACE-IEST VEGGIE AND VEGAN TREATS THAT’LL MAKE EVEN THE MOST HARDENED CARNIVORES JEALOUS.

OH MY HALLOUMI FRIES!!! STREET CHEF IS BRINGING HIS GLORIOUS HALLOUMI FRIES TO THE IB FESTIVAL. WHETHER YOU’RE A VEGGIE OR A HARDCORE CARNIVORE – THESE MOUTH-WATERING BITES OF HEAVEN ARE EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN LIFE.

AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR MORE VEGGIE/VEGAN TREATS THEN MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT U-JUICE WHO WILL BE SERVING ACAI BOWLS, DRAGON BOWLS AND FRESH JUICES. SUPER TASTY, AND HIGHLY INSTAGRAMMABLE.

AS ALWAYS WE HAVE A BRILLIANT LINE-UP OF LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL BANDS (CURATED BY HARE AND HOUNDS) TAKING PLACE ON OUR MAIN STAGE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND.

SO MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES, BECAUSE OUR BANDS WILL BE PROVIDING THE GROOVY BEATS TO GET YOU OUT OF YOUR SEATS AND ONTO YOUR FEET.

AND IF YOU NEED A BREAK FROM ALL THE EATING, DRINKING AND ROCKING OUT TO LIVE MUSIC, YOU CAN ALWAYS GO HAVE A PEACEFUL WANDER DOWN THIS AMAZING CORRIDOR IN ASTON HALL. 

WHISKY FANS, LISTEN UP! THE BIRMINGHAM WHISKY CLUB WILL BE SERVING WHISKY COCKTAILS AND GLORIOUS WHISKIES BY THE DRAM ALL WEEKEND LONG – THIS IS THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF!

NEED SOME FRIED CHICKEN IN YOUR LIFE? SURE YOU DO! WE’VE GOT YARDBIRDS SERVING UP THEIR EPIC FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLES.  *SWOONS*

COME AND EAT THIS HOT DOG FROM FAT SNAGS – IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

WE HAVE 2 INDOOR MARKET HALLS PACKED WITH SOME OF THE VERY BEST NAMES IN INDEPENDENT RETAIL, ART, DESIGN, CRAFT AND ILLUSTRATION. SUPPORT INDEPENDENT AND GRAB SOME ACE GIFT IDEAS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. 

THERE MAY EVEN BE A FEW MOUTH-WATERING SWEET TREATS TO DISCOVER IN THE INDOOR MARKET TOO…

DID SOMEBODY SAY WINE? WE’VE GOT BOTH WINE FREEDOM AND ARCH 13 SERVING UP THE GOOD STUFF – GO ENJOY A RANGE OF NATURAL AND FINE WINES BY THE GLASS AMIDST OUR AWESOME FESTIVAL VIBES.

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY WEEKEND AT THIS EVENT LAST YEAR, AND ONCE AGAIN WE’RE GUARANTEEING SUNSHINE. DRINK COCKTAILS, CRAFT BEER AND NATURAL WINE, STUFF YOUR FACE WITH BRUM’S BEST BITES, AND DANCE TO LIVE MUSIC IN THE SUNSHINE. GLORIOUS!

ALONGSIDE OUR POP-UP RESTAURANTS, WE’VE GOT SOME OF THE VERY BEST NAMES IN STREET FOOD AT THIS FESTIVAL. WE’RE TALKING: LOW ’N’ SLOW, BUDDHA BELLY, THE PATTY FREAKS, FAT SNAGS, HABANEROS, YARDBIRDS, STREET CHEF, STREET SOUVLAKI, URBAN CHEESECAKE, BA-HA, THE MIDDLE FEAST AND THE BOURNVILLE WAFFLE CO. WHAT A LINE-UP!

IF YOU NEED THAT EVER-ESSENTIAL CAFFEINE PICK ME UP, WE’VE GOT 2 OF BRUM’S VERY BEST COFFEE SLINGERS (QUARTER HORSE AND URBAN) SERVING UP THE GOOD STUFF.

AND ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT – DID WE MENTION THERE WILL BE DOGS? MANY, MANY CUTE DOGS FOR YOU TO STROKE AND BECOME BEST FRIENDS WITH.

WE’RE SHOWCASING BIRMINGHAM IN A SPECIAL WAY AT A TRULY ICONIC LOCATION. IT’S A CHANCE TO CELEBRATE BIRMINGHAM’S MARVELLOUS INDEPENDENT CULTURE, SUPPORT LOCAL AND HAVE FUN – ALL IN ONE GO.

28 OF BRUM’S VERY BEST FOOD/DRINK TRADERS, 2 INDOOR MARKET HALLS PACKED WITH INDIE RETAILERS, LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL BANDS, PLENTY OF CUTE DOGS, SUNSHINE AND MORE – ALL SURROUNDED BY GREAT VIBES AND GREAT COMPANY. SOUNDS LIKE A BRILLIANT DAY OUT TO US!

TICKETS COST JUST £10 AND CAN BE PURCHASED HERE – CHILDREN UNDER 12 GO FREE, NO TICKET REQUIRED.

Full food/drink line up:

Low ‘N’ Slow, The Meat Shack, 18/81, Burning Soul Brewing, Laghi’s Deli, The Indian Brewery, Buddha Belly, The Vanguard, Fat Snags, The Wolf, Wine Freedom, Wayland’s Yard, The Patty Freaks, Attic Brew Co, Street Chef, Quarter Horse Coffee, Arch 13, Urban Cheesecake, The Birmingham Whisky Club, Habaneros, BA-HA, Urban, Yardbirds Chicken, Street Souvlaki, The Middle Feast, U-Juice, The Bournville Waffle Co.