Commuters experience food on the Go

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Hungry commuters at Milton Keynes Central were given a flavour of Birmingham Food Fest when Gastronomy on the Go, a live food sampling event, pulled into the train station on Thursday.

Birmingham Food Fest is the new 10 day culinary celebration set to descend on the city from October 14 to October 23.

The Birmingham Food Fest team joined forces with lead sponsor London Midland, students from University College Birmingham’s catering course and Southside Business Improvement District to tantalise the taste buds of ravenous rail users with hundreds of delicious free samples from Chung Ying, one of Birmingham’s oldest and most popular Cantonese restaurants based in Chinatown. The local travellers were treated to a culinary feast of char siu puff pastries and Chinese egg tarts from veteran head chef Pak On Wong to mark the inaugural year of the festival and London Midland’s improved service from Milton Keynes to Birmingham.

David Whitley, Head of Marketing for London Midland, said: “There’s always lots of great events going on in the second city, just like this brand new Food Festival, and with our improved train service to Birmingham it makes it even easier to get there.”

Chung Ying is just one of the 100 restaurants, bars, cafes and eateries taking part in Birmingham Food Fest which is set to entice visitors to Birmingham this autumn. The culinary event will see the city’s best restaurants produce irresistible menus at bargain prices and a mouth watering programme of food-filled events take place throughout the city. Everyone from Michelin Star chefs to independent eateries and the city’s key visitor attractions are taking part in the festival, reflecting the diversity of the city’s food scene and its world-class dining offer.

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services for Visit Birmingham, the team behind Birmingham Food Fest, said: “Birmingham is a food lovers’ haven this October as Food Fest provides an opportunity to celebrate and sample the city’s diverse culinary offering. With special promotions across hundreds of restaurants in the city, there is something to suit every taste and budget.

With over 100 fringe events taking place throughout Food Fest, from wine samplings to foraging tours, Gastronomy on the Go aims to give hungry commuters a taste of the festival and we hope to welcome them to the city for more delicious pickings over the ten day culinary celebration.”