Solihull Food & Drink Festival 2022: 3-day free event returns with celeb chefs, 80 traders, & more

There’s so much going on at Solihull town centre this weekend, including celebrity chefs performing live demos

Solihull’s food and drink festival is returning with three packed days of amazing food, events and entertainment, and this family event is going to be free.

From Friday, 23 September to Sunday, 25 September, Solihull’s Food & Drink Festival will take over the town centre. Festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with more than 80 traders selling offering food and drink options in Mell Square, Mill Lane and Solihull High Street.

And, there’s so much going on including celebrity chefs performing live demos.

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    What’s on?

    A star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs will headline the highly anticipated food festival. It features Aldo Zilli, Jamaica-born Bfavourite Rustie Lee, ‘Yummy Brummie’ Glynn Purnell and MasterChef 2022 runner-up, Pookie Tredell and feature the live music Rum & Reggae zone in Mell Square. It will include top tribute act Rats In The Kitchen alongside brilliant reggae and ska musicians across the three days.


    Glynn Purnell. Photo by Lucy Rebecca Photography

    All chef demonstrations and live music performances are free to watch with seating available on a first come, first served basis.

    Chef Aldo Zilli, part of the team behind new Touchwood opening Emporio Artari, said: “Food & Drink Festivals are amazing. I love them as it brings the best out of us chefs interacting with our customers.

    “Solihull is a great area and I am really looking forward to be taking part in the Food Festival. See you all there for some Italian delicacies with Lucarelli Restaurants!”

    You can also get free nibbles and drink tasters at the Taster Tent with the sought-after Restaurant Voucher Booklet providing amazing offers for your return visit.

    Kids zone


    There are a bunch of activities for children at the fest. Kids bungees, a merry-go-round and a giant 50ft ferris wheel will keep them entertained plus there are roaming dinosaurs (including the 12ft giant T-Rex, Zeus!). Other attractions include Hugging Hedge, Flower People, Juggling Chef, Bubbleologist, Gastronaut and free face painters.

    Economic boost for the town centre

    The Solihull BID hopes the food festival would provide a boost to the town centre businesses with thousands of people visiting the area over the three days.

    Melanie Palmer, Chief Executive of Solihull BID, said: “Against a challenging economic backdrop, Solihull once again joins as a community to showcase what has now become one of the finest food festivals in the UK.

    “This is the one event you must not miss. Food, music, fun and laughter in the wonderful, safe oasis that is Solihull.”

    Line-up for the three-day event


    September 23

    Demo kitchen

    10am - 11am - Wellness session - brew twenty three

    2pm - Jamaya - Hot Wing Challenge

    3pm - KIBOU

    4pm - Green’s


    Reggae line up

    1.30-3.15pm - Skabucks

    3.45-5.30pm - Zebby N Kamar Reggae

    6-7.30pm - Rats in the Kitchen

    8-9.45pm - Reggae Matic

    Saturday 24


    Saturday 24 September

    Demo kitchen

    10am - 11am - Wellness session - brew twenty three

    11am - Gastronaut

    1pm - Gastronaut


    2pm - Chef Colin Brown - Turtle Bay

    3pm - Glynn Purnell

    4pm - Gastronaut

    Reggae line-up

    11.30am-12.30pm - Ultimate Madnezz

    1-2.45pm - Zebby N Kamar Reggae


    3.15- 5pm - Innerheart

    5.30-7.15pm - Global Reggae

    7.45-9.30pm - Reggae Matic

    Sunday 25 September

    Demo kitchen

    10am - 11am - Wellness session - brew twenty three


    11am - Pookie

    12pm-  Aldo Zilli

    1pm - Rustie Lee

    2pm - Aldo Zilli

    Reggae line-up


    11am to 12.45pm - JDG

    1.15-3PM - Iroots Solo Act

    3.30-5.15pm - Legend

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