When it comes to food and drink, Birmingham is buzzing with a huge array of weird and wonderful experiences sure to delight any foodie.
Among other things, the second city is renowned for being the U.K.'s curry capital. Take a walk along the famous 'balti triangle' and you'll soon be smelling the mouth-watering aroma of Birmingham's best curry houses.
With all this on offer, it's no surprise that there are tonnes of exciting food and drink experiences for you to try.
Behind all the restaurants, cafes, bars and pop-up eateries are some of Birmingham's most exciting local chefs and culinary experts, just itching to share their passions and know-how.
So whether you're a beginner looking to get some tasty and easy cooking recipes, or an aficionado wanting to learn something new, these experiences will leave you with a bank of skills to take home. Throw a dinner party to impress your friends, or serve up a tasty meal just for yourself- either way, these cooking experience days are tummy-rumbling-ly good!
Here's a closer look at 5 of the top food and drink experiences happening right now in Birmingham:
- Learn how to cook up a Thai or Vietnamese feast
- Become a barista for the day and learn how to make the best coffee at home
- Make delicious fresh mocktails at a mocktail masterclass
- Make your own chocolate at a dreamy chocolate-making experience
- Go on a whisky tasting experience
- Tuck into bottomless Indian street food and cocktails
1. Go on a Thai or Vietnamese cooking experience day
If you've ever heard of famous Vietnamese or Thai dishes and wanted to try them, then this cooking experience will show you how!
My Exotic Kitchen is run by Tina, whose passion for South Asian cuisine began when she was a child growing up on a small Indonesian island. Tina has taken all the best South-Asian recipes from her mother and has based her cooking experience days around them. You'll be cooking up a storm and leaving with a bank of skills and recipes to impress all your friends!
There's something for all levels of skill and ability in these cooking workshops. So whether you cook it all the time, or you're asking yourself 'what is pho?' you're sure to leave with a whole new set of culinary skills and delicious recipes to try at home.
2. Be a barista for the day and learn how to make the best coffee in Birmingham
You may be a coffee lover, but do you really know how to make the perfect cup o' joe?
This coffee-making experience at Waylands Yard will show you how to master the perfect cup of coffee. You'll be learning from a pro barista at one of Birmingham's best independent cafes. Under their expert wing, you'll learn all about coffee beans, milk textures and using professional coffee machines. This is one caff-tastic experience!
3. Learn how to make the perfect mocktail at a mocktail making masterclass
If you're looking for a fun alternative to boozy drink experiences, then this mocktail-making ticks all the boxes!
This experience will see you learning the art of mixology, before shaking up your own delicious non-alcoholic cocktail. And because this masterclass is mobile, it means your host will bring the party to you- whether that's in your home, a chosen venue or even a hotel you're staying at!
Perfect for hen-dos or fun celebrations, you'll be leaving with plenty of tips, tricks and delicious virgin cocktail recipes. Want to know how to make the best virgin mojito? Well, let My Flamingo show you the way!
4. Learn how to make your own chocolate at a chocolate-making experience
Do you love dreamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles? Want to know how to make them?
This chocolate-making experience will tell you exactly how! In this tasty workshop, you will be learning all about the art of making the best dark chocolate Belgian chocolate truffles.
Finish the day with beautifully packaged handmade chocolates, which you can gobble up yourself or give to a lucky loved one. Whether you go with your friends, your mum or even your date, this one is going to be finger-lickingly good.
5. Spend an evening at a whisky tasting experience
This relaxed whisky tasting experience takes place monthly at Grain & Glass in the beautiful Jewellery Quarter. Every month presents a new and interesting specialist drink. You'll be pulling up a chair, hearing fascinating facts behind the bottles and sampling the flavoursome spirits.
Popular monthly whiskies include a special Peaky Blinders edition, so you can rock up and serve your best Tommy Shelby impression while sipping on an artisan whisky. And at £15, this one is hard to beat. See you at the bar!