Birmingham International Food Fair returns

By on 08/06/2010 in Culture, News

The Birmingham International Food Fair returns this week and has doubled in size following the huge success of last year's inaugural event.

And, just as the Frankfurt Christmas Market has grown year on year, Council leader Mike Whitby believes the International Food Fair can develop into one of the major events in Birmingham's social calendar.

The 2010 event from June 10-20 will feature around 120 stalls showcasing food and drink from a wide range of countries, including France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Australia and the Far East.

Last year's event featured 60 stalls and attracted 250,000 visitors, boosting the city economy to the tune of £6million.

Now, with Birmingham bidding to be the UK City of Culture, Cllr Whitby is looking to build on that impressive start.

He said: “The International Food Fair was a big success last year as visitors enjoyed cuisine from around the world, including the best of British.

“The feedback was extremely positive for an event that perfectly showcased our multicultural city to visitors from across the globe, enhancing Birmingham's reputation as a destination city.

“Last year's visitor figures showed a definite appetite for a summer sister to our now world famous Frankfurt Christmas Market and that event has grown from 200,000 visitors in 2001 to a massive three million last year.

“So, building on a successful start, we promised to further develop the event and this year we've doubled the number of stalls. The plan is to continue growing the international food fair over a number of years.”

This year's International Food Fair is once again being staged in partnership European market specialists Geraud UK and Birmingham market event and equipment specialists Event Men.

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Notes to editors

Birmingham International Food Fair
Entry: free
June 10-20
Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square and New Street
Open Daily from 10am to 9pm
Tel: 0121 464 2012
Images are available to download from the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157621089807101/

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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