Birmingham Food Fest is on its way and, to celebrate, we have the perfect competition on offer for foodies. Our winners will stay overnight with us in the city on July 12th and enjoy a unique culinary event featuring top Chicago chef Dirk Flanigan.
We're offering a stay for two in one of our 5* Clubman apartments at the top of the Rotunda. Our winners will also enjoy a five-course meal with wine at Opus restaurant, as part of the Colmore Business District Food Festival. And this is a very special evening - one of America's rising culinary stars, Dirk Flanigan, will cook alongside Opus' chef-director, David Colcolme.
We are hosting Chef Flanigan for a week to show our support for the festival. Gavin Burns, our Head of Marketing, said, "Dirk should feel right at home here - all of our apartments have fully-equipped Poggenpohl kitchens and we provide cooking basics such as balsamic vinegar and olive oil. He'll be able to whip himself something up in no time."
Our competition will launch tonight at 8pm and entries will close on June 29th, 2012. You can enter via Staying Cool'sFacebook page or email email@example.com using the title 'Food Fest Comp' and your name will be popped in our virtual bag.
We're supporting the BE Festival which takes place in Birmingham from 2nd-8th July this year. BE promotes the performing arts from around Europe and it's wonderful.
We were happy to hear that Birmingham's Balti curries are in the process of receiving protected status. You can read all about it in The Independent.
Thinking of coming to stay? Adam from The Lussorian blog did and he wrote, "The apartments are equipped with all mod cons and high end fixtures and fittings. Minimalist white bathrooms and a poggenpohl kitchen show that the design team know what their customers like."
Adam brought his kids along too and they seem to have had a lot of fun, "The apartments are chic but without the 'hands-off' feeling that sometimes accompanies such exclusivity. In fact, fun is positively encouraged, as evidenced by the children's packs that were provided. Games, toys and best of all, bubble wands, were all put to good use. We all stood on the windy balcony sending bubbles across the bustling shopping centre, before retiring indoors to watch the sun set and the lights go on over the city."
The Voyage can be seen nightly in Victoria Square. Four free, spectacular performances will take place from Thursday 21st-Sunday 24th June at 10pm.
If you're celebrating Fathers' Day with us in Birmingham this weekend you could take a special Fathers' Day tourof the city, which ends at the pub.
If you prefer wine to beer, then Saturday's course at Birmingham Wine School could be ideal.
Cadbury World is challenging dads to put their driving skills to the test on a specially designed giant Scalextric track. Get the chance to go head-to-head against a family member on the 16ft x 8ft track. The winner of each race will receive a prize and the fastest drivers on Saturday 16th June and Sunday 17th June will receive a special Cadbury World chocolate hamper.
Wherever you are, have a lovely day!
Say no to socks! We love Cocoa Loco and they are offering 10% off their handmade, organic, Fair Trade chocolates for Fathers Day.
Put a smile on your dad's face - use NOSOCKS10 when you order.
We were so taken by the English wines we've been trying over the Jubilee weekend that we're adding English wines to our bookable extras at the Rotunda, starting withChapel Down's Flint Dry which is now available. Delicious wine, buying British & less food miles.
To celebrate English Wine Week, we'll be giving away bottles of Chapel Down's Flint Dry white wine to the first twelve people to book a Rotunda apartment online viastayingcool.com
This applies to bookings made from June 2nd and the white wine will be on chill on arrival.
What the press say about Chapel Down.
The winner of our The Voyage compeitition is Lindsay Seels who wins a night for two at the Rotunda on June 23rd and the chance to see The Voyage in Victoria Square.
Congratulations, Lindsay! We'll be in touch via email this evening.
"Leave the curtains open and wake up to the panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows." Time Out
"Someone has put a lot of thought into making the stay a wonderful experience for guests, and it shows." Made for Mums
"I liked the fact that all the food products were fairtrade/organic (excellent!). The flat was lovely, wish I had somewhere like that in London.." Kate Cater, Life & Style Editor, The Guardian