Winter Market at Digbeth

Eat, drink and buy presents.


Seasonal markets is returning to The Bond in Digbeth to host the winter market on 6th December. The event is a one day urban festival with the best of Birmingham’s food, drink and artists. Featuring a courtyard of street food, real ale and cocktail bar with live DJ’s, canal side barge traders moored up in the venue, and indoor market hall of artisan food producers, local artists and designers. New to this season the winter market presents; a pop up Christmas cinema in aid of charity, a snow machine, miles of fairy lights and a rather large Christmas tree.

Seasonal markets are now in their fourth season; with the success of their first year of seasonal events behind them the winter market looks set to exceed expectation. Run by local street food traders The Bournville Waffle Company, Jenny Deeley and Paul Desmond. Their business has taken them across the country in their converted vintage caravan. Having met many exciting and original traders on their travels The Bournville Waffle Company began seasonal markets to create an opportunity to invite them back to their home city for an afternoon.

The canal side venue offers a unique street food courtyard with a huge Victorian canopy covering the area, visitor are free to enjoy the tastes on offer protected from the elements. The winter market’s street food line-up features some of the UK’s best street food traders. Top of the list is Birmingham’s own award winning Buddha Belly having returned from the British Street Food awards with the title of Best Midlands Street Food. Also on offer Low & Slow pulled pork, brisket and ribs. The Jabberwocky are bringing gourmet toasted sandwiches including the infamous Manwich.

Other hand-picked food traders include Fire & Slice artisan wood fired pizzas, the best hot dog in the midlands courtesy of Big Daddies Diner, The Meat Shack will be offering some perfectly pink burgers, Hungry Toad will be serving a variety of quality Mexican food and of course The Bournville Waffle Company will be serving up some traditional Belgian waffles with some not so traditional topping.

If you need something to wash that all down with you can visit the Routemaster Bus Bar with a selection craft ales and fully stock bar or perhaps a hot drink from King Jive’s Tea and Coffee, which serves fair-trade coffee and tea from the back of a converted 1964 Morris Minor called Betty. Then take a seat under the covered seating area and take in the festive atmosphere while listening to Sam Baylis, lead singer of Birmingham band Troumaca, DJing from the top deck of the bus bar.

Alongside the street food courtyard and bars visitors can peruse the indoor market hall for that perfect Christmas gift, split between artisan food market and arts market the hall offers a light and spacious exhibition space.

Jenny Deeley one of the organisers said “The Winter market is a wonderful opportunity to shop independent this Christmas and support your local artists and food producers. With a fantastic line up of over 40 exhibitors finding that perfect gift will be easy.”

Highlights in the artisan food market consist of local boys Peel & Stone bakery, based in the Jewellery Quarter they specialise in slow leavened bread using organic stoneground flour from small independent mills. And in the arts area you will find exhibitors such as Birmingham based artist Sarah Ray. Ray’s creative illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, NHS and Bloomsbury.

This Winter market’s festive cheers will be in abundance with the addition of miles of fairy lights, a snow machine and a rather large Christmas tree. Also at the Winter Market this season you will find the Christmas Pop Up Cinema, screening festive films throughout the day. The cinema is in aid of St Basil’s Charity a local charity that supports a grand total of over 4000 young people per year, aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with advice, prevention, accommodation, engagement and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives.

Doors are open from 12pm to 6pm on 6th December, The Bond, Fazeley St, Digbeth with a £1.50 entrance fee, kids go free.