VISITORS to Solihull will be in for a tasty treat this October as a week-long celebration by many of the town’s cafes, restaurants, food shops and bars creates a festival atmosphere, helping to increase footfall to the town at this tough time for the high street.
‘Solihull – so Tasteful’ reflects the myriad of international and home-grown food and drink venues on offer in Solihull. There will be a world of choice to enjoy including special menus and offers and a demonstration kitchen in Mell Square with expert chefs showcasing their latest dishes and offering the audience tasters from their latest menus.
Children will be able to travel the world with their taste buds via a special ‘food passport’ giving them the chance to choose where in the world they want to eat and to win special prizes along the way. Thirteen different restaurants are offering Kids Eat Free throughout the week.
Many of the restaurants have created special offers for diners during the week and chefs from some of the town’s Asian, European, American and British restaurants will be showcasing their talents with demonstrations and master classes in topics as diverse as a sushi school for children by YO! Sushi, sampling flavours and spices of India by Delhi restaurant and the art of pasta and pizza making by Solihull’s Italian restaurants.
The event is designed to showcase Solihull’s wonderful array of food and drink venues and has been created by Solihull Business Improvement District (BID), an organisation funded by businesses in central Solihull to help improve trading in the town centre through a range of projects including innovative marketing and events. A regional marketing campaign is working hard to encourage as many visitors to the town, during Dining Week, as possible.
Shirley Sturzaker, Director of Solihull BID added: “There is such a diverse range of food and drink venues in the town you can almost literally get a taste of the whole world in Solihull. We have venues from Italy, India, France, Britain, Japan, America, Portugal, Spain, Austria and the Republic of Ireland joining in the fun as well as a couple who are truly global! The week-long celebrations give both regular and new visitors an extra reason to visit the town – they can enjoy a great meal, some entertainment and perhaps even try their hand at learning a new culinary skill.
A booklet of offers and events is available in the town centre and has also been sent to homes. Information is also available on www.visitsolihull.com/diningweek on the That’s So Solihull Facebook page.