The Digmas Diner – presented by Freak London and Digbeth Dining Club

An Alternative Christmas Pop-up at The

Digbeth Custard Factory

Digbeth Dining Club and Freak London have teamed up to bring a gourmet street food festival to Digmas at the Custard Factory, bringing an explosion of colours, flavours and fragrances to the old Victorian arches and Gibb Street warehouse.

As well as showcasing culinary treats from around the world – brought to you by the aristocracy of UK street food artisans – we’re also presenting a christmas bar serving our specialist menu of sumptuous hot and cold christmas cocktails, hot toddies and mulled wines and ciders, as well as serving up a selection of cakes, sweets and seasonal treats.

Topping off the vibes in our Digmas Diner, we’ll be supporting local talent in Brum by showcasing live music, DJs, art exhibitions and demos, along with offering plenty of interesting options for unique and creative
Chrimbo prezzies – all home-made by the talent in our town.

So come along and eat to the beat at Gibb Street!

Street Food Pop-Up Including…

Baba Ghupta’s Bhangra Burger Wraps of handmade, Indian flatbreads featuring an amazing array of delicious fillings such as lamb rump and Massala fish. “There are hundreds of food vans roaming London these days… Of the dozens we’ve sampled, the dishes of Bhangra Burger stand out.” – Time Out, Top Ten UK Streetfood Chefs 2012

Las Paelleras Authentic, sustainable Spanish Street Food. Meat, veggie and sea-food paellas, Catalan stews and selections of tapas from Manchester-based



The Original Patty Men The purveyors of the Krispy Kreme burger. Bring a defibrillator – these are definitely not for the faint of heart.

Food Yule Love The Digmas Diner ethos is about celebrating an alternative christmas culture, and what could be more alternative than serving up santa’s flying, furry friends? Yep, Reindeer is on the menu- folks, along with zebra, crocodile and kangaroo… don’t tell The Ethical Chef.

The Ethical Chef Deri Reed is The Ethical Chef. He’s the vegetarian ‘chef du jour’ and creates ingenious Welsh recipes from ingredients sourced on his doorstep. His ethical take on the glorious Mac n Cheese is destined to become a show-stopper at the Digbeth Diner.


The Meat Shack Proper, dirty burgers. Done to perfection, using the finest, meticulously researched and sourced ingredients – a guilty pleasure, the way a burger should be. Cooked in front of you using 28 dry aged local Hereford beef and real bread buns – if the picture of their burger doesn’t make your mouth water, please check your arm for a pulse.

Also featuring food from… The Hungry Toad who bring slow cooked chilli and burruitos to the party, pheasant and game being cooked up by the ominous-sounding Van29, Daisy Rocks will be parking up her converted coffee shack right next to our christmas bar serving up coffees, shakes and chais. There’s plenty more on it’s way too!

Christmas Bar
Stacked with our own concoctions of wonderfully spiced and warming christmas cocktails, and set out with tons of seating, our christmas pop-up bar is the perfect place to reward yourself with mulled wine and and music after a hard day’s work of eating and browsing.

The Digmas Diner is part of the Digmas season at The Custard Factory, taking place over two weekends in December. With all of the shops and units participating, those four days will see the custard factory completely transformed into a vibrant street-festival with a carnival atmosphere – the type of thing Birmingham has long lacked! Digmas is a free, family day out incorporating the best of local culture and offering a brilliant opportunity to support Birmingham traders, artists and chefs in a celebration of the much-unsung culture in our area. With free parking, a host of free activities, entertainment and shopping opportunities – all inside and under cover – the Digmas Diner pop-up presents a fantastic alternative Christmas market this holiday season!

Also featuring includes:

Live music and DJs from across four separate sound systems

• MCs and scratch contests
• The Bourbon Rooms – pop-up speakeasy with acoustic sessions
• Urban/street art, poetry slams and graffiti jams
• Set designs and installations
• Birmingham’s largest vintage clothing fair
• Local crafts, art exhibitions and the ‘Off The Chain’ jewellery fair – unique handmade gifts for christmas made by local artisans
• Record fair and sneaker meet
• Ample parking, entire event under cosy cover
• A family event with totally free entry