If you live around, or can get to, Birmingham you have to check out the Digbeth Dining Club!
Digbeth Dining Club is Birmingham's Original Street Food Event and we finally got to go on the last weekend of April.
If you want the background check out their website here: Digbeth Dining Club
The concept is simple, every Friday night in Digbeth local street food sellers set up their stands, vans and cars and provide a group of people with delicious food. The last Friday of the month is always the biggest event and shuts down an entire Digbeth street. The stands are split between an undercover area at the back of a nightclub and a street. The nightclub itself provides the seating and live music.
The food on offer was full of variety, we had agreed beforehand that we would visit every stand before making a decision on what we would try. That in itself was a challenge - the smells as you walked in immediately got the tummy rumbling and we almost got tempted by a kebab cooking on a car!
Staying strong though we narrowed down our dinner choices to three stands all fulfilling our key criteria:
1) It had to be food we couldn't get everywhere
2) It had to be something we would both like, so we could share
3) It had to look good and smell amazing
Our first course was: Pietanic They are a gourmet Pie shop that travel in Claude - their converted van to deliver fresh homemade pies in delicious flavours. We went for a cheeseburger pie with a side of mash. CHEESEBURGER PIE - it's like marrying Laura and I's favourite food. It was so good.
Second course was from Buddha Belly - you have to track these guys down, the noodles and crispy chicken we had were AMAZING! They specialise in Thai street food. The chef Sai was on Masterchef and you can taste why - the flavours in the dish were incredible!
Our final course was from Becky's Bhaji's . Tagged as the 'best bhaji's ever' our experience did not disappoint. delicious, fresh and with the right amount of spice. They are also made as gluten fee and with completely local ingredients. We were reaching for the Diet Coke after our second bite but they were well worth it.
The queue for Bourneville Waffle was too long as we had a car park ticket to get back for but we'll track them down next time as the millionaire Waffle looked incredible.
If you are near Birmingham city centre on a Friday night check this event out! We had a great time and while we didn't hang around for hours the time we spent there gave a sense of the vibrancy and diversity the event attracts - both caterers and diners!
Entry for the month end events is £1.50 and while we paid it begrudgingly you can see what you get for the fee - the seating areas, the music and the opportunity to try AMAZING food. We will be back!