Independent Birmingham are back at Aston Hall

Rejoice: the Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall returns. It’s back this year, over the weekend of September 24 and 25, showcasing the best of Brum and our beloved indies. This is the eighth one of these très popular events, so you’ll know the drill by now. It’s a huge line-up of who’s who in Brum’s food scene, with pop-up restaurants and street food traders serving excellent grub throughout the weekend. Accompanied by craft beers, cocktails and natural wine from the shortlist of the finest bars and microbreweries, enjoy it all in the grounds of the 100% haunted Aston Hall.

Highlights last time included this epic char siu bao bun from bao masters, Tiger Bites Pig; Hampton Manor getting in on the action with Stu Deeley’s BBQ offering; and LA-POP doing bits with customisable gelato lollipops (and total ASMR to watch the pop process). No doubt all the usual suspects will make a return visit, with even more promised to build on the last one. There's only one a year of this Brummie showcase, so the IB team — who presumably get mistaken for us as much as we do for them —go all out to make it worth the modest ticket price. Enjoy all the above with a programme of Hare & Hounds-curated local bands playing live on stage, plus a full-to-the-brim market of independent artists, designers, makers and bakers. All this for just a tenner, with kids under 12 free. Oh, and it’s dog-friendly (also with free entry) so furry friends are welcome, nay, semi-compulsory.

There are three sessions across the weekend, with a Saturday day or evening session: 11.30am to 4:30pm or 5pm to 10pm, plus a Sunday afternoon session: 12pm to 6pm. This festival always, always sells out — more than a quarter of tickets have already sold after last week's launch — so act fast to secure a sesh.