Two groups who have successfully organised some of Bearwood’s biggest and most loved events are joining forces next weekend (September 17th) to put on a Crafty Pantry Food Festival.
With two successful food festivals behind them, food activists The Bearwood Pantry are once again inviting local food producers, cake makers, bakers and chefs to set up stalls in and around the Bearwood Baptist Church on Bearwood Road. This time however, the annual Food Festival will have a crafty twist. The Crafty Muthas, organisers of local monthly craft socials and the Bearwood Handmade markets will be providing craft stalls and childrens’ workshops alongside the tasty treats.
Melanie Martin, founder member of Bearwood Pantry says: “Craft stalls will join the many food vendors, making it a truly fantastic day out. It’s a Crafty Pantry Food Festival where you can eat to your heart’s content, shop for lovely handmade wares and enjoy some of the other entertainment that we hope to line up for the day.”
Once again, the Food Festival will be celebrating Bearwood’s diverse community and championing great quality food in all price ranges with a variety of stalls offering cuisine from the Caribbean, Africa and the Mediterranean amongst homegrown local honey producers and jam and chutney makers. Organisations including Bearwood Allotments and Smethwick Foodbank will also be raising awareness of food related issues affecting local people.
Previous festivals featured live acoustic music and a beer tent on Bearwood Road and there will be a few surprises at this one too. Something new for 2016 is travelling book shop How Brave is the Wren which stocks beautifully crafted illustrated stories and picture books for the young and young at heart. The Wren’s bespoke caravan shop will be pitching up on Bearwood Road ready to inspire young minds. Indoors the crafts on offer range from jewellery to crochet and even a kids’ corner where talented youngsters will be selling their handmade products.