Food Fair hits the spot

By on 29/06/2009 in News

International-Food-FairThe first ever Birmingham International Food Fair drew to a close last night with Council leader Mike Whitby labelling the event 'a huge success'.

And, with around 250,000 visitors enjoying the inaugural event, Cllr Whitby is confident the fair will go from strength over the next few years.

Running over nine days (June 20- 28) the fair featured over 60 stalls, located in Victoria Square and New Street, showcasing dishes and flavours from a wide range of countries, including France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Australia and the Far East.

The best of British food and drink was also represented with traditional produce and locally brewed drinks.

Cllr Whitby said: “The summer fair has been a big success - one that we'll look to build on over the next few years.

“The visitor figures show 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 2.8million last year.

“Visitors to the International Food Fair have been able to enjoy cuisine from around the world and the best of British and I'm delighted to say it's been a huge success.

“And, with Birmingham playing host to the 2009 Rotary International Convention last week, the event perfectly showcased our multicultural city to visitors from across the globe, enhancing Birmingham's reputation as a destination city.”

The International Food Fair was staged in partnership European market specialists Geraud UK and Birmingham market event and equipment specialists Event Men.

Francois Mauraisin of Geraud UK said: “This has been a fantastic event and the traders have been made to feel very welcome. The success shows there is definitely an appetite for the International Food Fair in Birmingham and I expect it will be even bigger next year.”

Simon Widdowson of Event Men added: “By combining British cuisine with tastes from around the world, this event had something for everyone and the people of Birmingham responded to make it a big, big success.”

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