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Ideas for an Aston Villa Themed PartyIf you're watching an Aston Villa game with your friends, there are plenty of ideas to help you turn the event into an Aston Villa themed football party.
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Food for an Aston Villa PartyFor our "overseas visitors", you will find some more generic English recipes on our English National Football Team page, if you prefer.
No doubt the food served in both restaurants and homes in Birmingham has changed over recent years, and embraced a whole host of modern, healthy and international influences, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of England's second city, and its importance as a centre for trade over the centuries. During the 18th-19th centuries Birmingham was a centre for the import of limes and cocoa from the Caribbean, and tea. Resulting from this, famous brands such as Bournville Cocoa, Cadbury's Chocolate and Typhoo Tea all emerged from the Birmingham area.
Birmingham has a large Chinese quarter, and also claims to be the "UK Curry Capital" (but then so do Bradford and Southall...), so Chinese or Indian would be options worth considering if you don't fancy more "traditional" Birmingham recipes.
Drink for an Aston Villa PartyBirmingham has a long beer-drinking history, particularly bitters and milds - a good pint of "black country" mild is a must for any Birmingham-related party.
Sadly, there are few if any major brewers surviving in Birmingham, although there are some thriving micro-breweries and smaller brewers still producing excellent traditional ales. Although technically from nearby Wolverhampton (home of rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers), not Birmingham, Banks's Mild is relatively easy to get hold of and typical of the region's beers of this type. Of the smaller local brewers, you could try the following beers: