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Last week, I had the privilege of attending a preview and planning evening for the Future Foodies event, which gave me a chance to meet with some of the suppliers who will be there on the 26th (and sample some of their products), as well as a chance to meet fellow bloggers and writers in the area.
If the preview evening is anything to go by, the Future Foodies event promises to be an exciting way to meet independent, local food and drink producers and try something new and different, as well as providing a wonderful celebration of all that Birmingham has to offer.
On Tuesday evening, I tried some delicious canapés provided by Le Truc Café (I particularly liked the steak tartare), and a yummy cocktail rather omninously called Death in the Afternoon.
And then there were cakes and sweets galore, including giant muffins from University College Birmingham, cupcakes with the lightest buttercream ever from Cupkakery, some gorgeous biscuits from Devenish Girl Bakery, mini-desserts from Alto Restaurant at Hotel La Tour, and brigadeiros (Brazilian chocolates) from Miss Apple's Sweets. I tried them all. They were all very good.
The surprise of the preview evening, though, was trying whisky for the first time and enjoying it! Under the expert guidance of Amy Seton from The Birmingham Whisky Club, I tried two very different whiskies and was able to appreciate the complex flavours in both. Amy assured me she will have even more whiskies to try on 26th June.
Beek Geek Brewery was also represented in the drinks section at the preview evening, but I shall leave it to Beer Experiment to lend his expertise in this area (I brought him a sample home).
I also had the pleasure of meeting fellow Midlands bloggers, Word in Veg Ways and British Local Food, and freelance writer Tammy Facey. I'm looking forward to seeing them again and meeting even more bloggers and writers on 26th June.
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