By David Bentley | Birmingham Mail
Birmingham’s Irish community is getting ready to go green for St Patrick’s Day .
The city’s huge St Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday, March 13, a few days ahead of St Patrick’s Day itself.
And the fun doesn’t have to end there…
Birmingham is a city celebrating everything that’s edible – from street-food stalls to Michelin-starred fine dining.
So it’s no surprise that this year sees the launch of a St Patrick’s Food Festival where you can eat, drink and be merry in honour of Irish culture and the patron saint.
The food festival will run from noon to 8pm on Saturday, March 19, in Kings Heath Square.
The square will be turned into a sea of green hats and Guinness glasses for the occasion.
Expect a range of Birmingham’s favourite food vendors showcasing their best street food with a St Patrick’s twist.
A spokesman for organisers Food Birmingham said: “This is our second festival. We did our first one for Halloween last year and it was very successful with over 1,500 people turning out.
“We are very big on supporting local businesses so we are working with Off the Scalecharity shop who will be bringing their wacky bus to the square.
“We are also working with Togademus Toys & Crafts shop based in Kings Heath who will be doing kids’ activities throughout the day. We have a variety of food stalls that will be there and arts/crafts stalls.
“We have Irish dancing at 1pm, live music from 4pm to 8pm and there is a bar available all day along with a seating area under a giant marquee. “
Activities for youngsters include face-painting and fancy dress as well as a cocktail bar for the adults.
It’s free entry to the festival – but remember to bring plenty of cash for the food and drinks.
Food Birmingham Dining Card members can get 10 per cent off at many of the food vendors on the day.