So, you all came, saw and some of you conquered…..What a great afternoon, so expect to see more Man vs Soul Food events in the future……Plus the addition of our Soul Food Hall of Fame !
See you all at the next one,
This 4 day family orientated camping festival will take place in the beautiful setting of Umberslade Estate in Tanworth In Arden
Set in the spiritual home of Nick Drake, the intimate weekend of acoustic music will not only serve as a fitting tribute to England’s favourite Singer songwriter but also provide a fantastic weekend of entertainment in the build up the Queens Jubilee!
The four day event will kick off on Friday 1st June with an evening of music curated by Birmingham’s very own legendary label Static Caravan which will be exclusively available to weekend ticket holders! Static Caravan have been credited with discovering some of the finest UK talent in recent years such as Beth Jeans Houghton, Erland & The Carnival, Tunng, & The Besnard Lakes. Static Caravan now release the work of Hannah Peel, Laura J Martin, Goodnight Lenin and Dan Haywood. All of which will appear over the course of the weekend!
The following three days (Saturday to Monday) will host three full days of music starting around midday until midnight!
Saturday – 2nd June 2012 – will be headlined by Scott Matthews who will be joined by Michael Chapman, Hannah Peel, Goodnight Lenin, Boat To Row, Joseph Topping, Andy Oliveri, The Terrapins, Richard Marsh & Ben Calvert with more to be announced.
Sunday – 3rd June 2012 – will be headlined by Fionn Regan who will be joined by Ashley Hutchings & Blair Dunlop, Jim Moray, Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell, Telling The Bees, James Summerfield, Luke Hirst & Sarah Smout, The Young Runaways, Rapunzel & Sedayne, Duotone, Friends of the Stars, Richard Burke, The Hall Brothers & Simon Fox with more to be announced
Monday – 4th June 2012 – will be headlined by Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Old Dance School, Rachel Sermanni, Two Wings & Bonfire Radicals with more to be announced.
There will be two stages at The Lunar Festival. The Northern Sky stage will act as the main stage whilst there will also be a smaller stage in the River Man Bar which will host the last and most liveliest act of the day to bring the festival crowd into the night.
Once the music has ended there will be film screenings and a mini rave on site to keep the party going into the early hours. There will also be a fire pit where musicians and campers can gather round to see the night out.
Soul Food Project will be hosting the food tent where we’ll be cooking up Jambalaya, Pulled Pork, Burgers, salads, stuffed ciabattas and some cheeky cocktail creations (think Bloody Mary’s // Tom Collins // Hot Toddy’s and beyond!).
This unmissable festival marks the start of a great season of events for the Moseley Folk group and we’re stoked to be a part of it!
Tickets are now on sale via www.moseleyfolk.co.uk and are priced at £65 for a weekend ticket and £25 for a day ticket. There are also some U16 options available.
Further information on all activities / directions can be found at www.lunarfestival.co.uk
Who doesn’t love the MAC ? On the beautiful grounds of Cannon Hill park, this Birmingham cultural institution has always been close to Soul Food’s heart. The MAC primarily focuses on the arts, music, film, performance and workshops which take in the likes of pottery, language, tai chi and beyond, but food based events have never been a prime focus (having said this there have been some fantastic events hosted by the likes of Blanch and Shock, not to mention the development of the outside courtyard for BBQ’s).
Given the community ethos of the MAC and the stunning location in the heart of one of Birmingham’s best loved parks, it’s fitting that food should play a part in bringing people together and also to offer a showcase as to the multiple uses of this great space.
It’s this reason that we were really exited to be approached by the good folk at the MAC to help curate a one day food festival at the site and to also arrange a one off SFP takeover of the cafe within the building.
So on Sunday May 27th, SFP will be taking our kitchen on the move once more for a one off take over of the MAC kitchen and loads of our foodie pals will be joining us with food stalls across the site…. So What can you expect from your local Cajun kitchen? Well expect classics like Jambalaya, Gumbo & our famous burgers, but you can also look forward to the likes of peanut butter and oreo pie, sliders and some one off specials designed just for this special day.
The outdoor food fair will open at 11am and run through till 5pm and we’ll be cooking from around that time till the doors close!
On top of all this goodness, we’ll be roping in Soul Food’s resident DJ Andrew Dubber to come and help set the mood with his amazing collection of jazz, bossa nova, South American grooves and beyond…Check out Dubbers latest Soul Food mix right here
Hope to see you all there!
PS………Who knows…If there weather’s good we might just take it outside
Easter just gone Soul Food took part in one of the biggest dance events ever to land in Birmingham….The arrival of Ibiza superbrand ‘Circo Loco’ who took over one of the cities newest and most exciting spaces..’The Arena’ run by the good folk behind ‘The Rainbow’.
Soul Food served up huge pots of Jambalaya, our signature burgers and a selection of salads with our unique SFP twist, on top of this we set up a wood fired pizza oven in the VIP area serving homemade ‘hot creations’ to the crew and DJ’s….
Here’s some snaps of Soul Food in action…
Photos by Jack Spicer Adams
Tuesday gone, SFP experienced one of the most surreal days we’ve ever worked at The Hare and Hounds. UB40, one of the most successful reggae acts in the world, who’ve scored 3 number 1 UK singles and have introduced the majority of us to 60′s and 70′s reggae songs that we may of otherwise missed through their reinterpretations, as well as writing original material that combined the politics of the times, the angst of youth and the subsonic dub that the band were listening to at the time performed to a select few at the pub to celebrate the unveiling of a PRS plaque awarded to the venue for being the home of UB40′s first ever show in 1979.
A band that most of us would expect to see selling out stadiums globally were playing in a live room that holds no more than 130 people….At 12.30 on a Tuesday afternoon. Bizarre is the only word I can use to describe the experience. The band performed a 6 song set packed with the hits that they’ve become renowned for…Food For Thought, Red Red Wine, Kingston Town and One In Ten all featured…
SFP were fortunate enough to be asked to feed the band and guests and what better showcase of our food than some huge pots of steaming hot Jambalaya, with breads, mango salsa’s and plenty of hot sauce.
Armed and ready to go we stood waiting for our first customer and up stepped Mr Keith Allen as customer number 1, who had nothing but nice words about the food (cue our chef Lizzy going weak at the knees) and the idea behind the brand.
By 2pm we were all done and ready to re open to the public, left with the realization that the day had only just really begun and that it was time to cook more Jambalaya!
All in a days work!