Birmingham food fair doubles in size
by Annie Byrne
This year’s Birmingham International Food Fair will double in size this year after its inaugural 2009 edition.Last year’s fair hosted 60 stalls, attracted more than 250,000 visitors and contributed an estimated £6m to the local economy. This year around 120 stalls will showcase their wares in Birmingham city centre. The fair runs from 10 to 20 June, a day longer than last year’s event.The food fair is meant as a summer sister to the city’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, which has grown from 200,000 visitors in 2001 to over three million last year. The City Council hopes the event will help with Birmingham’s bid to become the UK City of Culture.Council leader Mike Whitby, pictured, says: “The International Food Fair was a big success last year as visitors enjoyed cuisine from around the world, including 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.”The fair is being run in partnership with European market specialist Geraud UK and Birmingham market event and equipment specialist, Event Men.