Blow Water Cafe in Kings Heath

by Blow Water in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

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On 13th June 2022 we successfully raised £20,317 with 392 supporters in 28 days

Blow Water has secured a permanent space in the heart of Kings Heath to open Blow Water Cafe, a Hong Kong inspired eatery and arts space.

by Blow Water in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With the extra money, we will be able to complete the space with better equipment and fund our arts programme more extensively.


Our story 

Blow Water is dedicated to Hong Kong Culture, connecting the far East with Birmingham through the arts and food. We have secured a permanent space in the heart of Kings Heath to open Blow Water Cafe, a Hong Kong inspired eatery and arts space but we need your help to make it a reality! 

 A female-led enterprise, Blow Water builds a cultural bridge to introduce people to the spirit of Hong Kong through authentic cuisine and creative events. Blow Water was founded in 2019 by me, Sabrina, born and raised in Hong Kong. I moved to England to study BSc Event Management with Arts and Entertainment in 2013. Following my passion for culture I then moved to Birmingham to do a MA Creative Industries and Cultural Policy at Birmingham City University. 

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I have made a home for myself here, I love the multi cultural and community feel of Birmingham and I have met many friends so I am excited to open our first permanent space in Kings Heath. I have always held dinner parties for friends, sharing my Hong Kong heritage and my generational family recipes. I wanted to share this with the wider community as I saw a gap in the local food scene for healthy and authentic East Asian food. In 2019, Hong Kong was in the news a lot due the unsettled societal problems and it was important for me to raise awareness of the cultural identity of Hong Kong and I felt Blow Water could achieve this through community food and art events. 

I started Blow Water with £200 and then later a received seed funding from GirlDreamer which supports young women of colour. From this I have grown Blow Water organically with the support of customers all over Birmingham and especially in Kings Heath.

Blow Water started as Hong Kong supper clubs with a western twist collaborating with creatives, encouraging people to celebrate social diversity together. Since our first supper clubs we have now had residencies at The Juke and Kingsway as well as events all over Birmingham - you will also find our dumplings stocked in Borough & Fox. During the pandemic we did local home delivery and supported our community with free meals for NHS staff.

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 -Home Deliveries during lockdown

We also had the exciting opportunity to collaborate with Kamaal Williams, a Jazz musician based in South London for a supper club and music event in Peckham.1650454301_img_4649.jpg

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- Supper club collaboration with Kamaal Williams in Peckham

Whilst there are many Hong Kongers immigrating to England at the moment, I believe Blow Water plays an important role to introduce Hong Kong Culture and improve social cohesion in the community. Blow Water Cafe will be the home of our Dumpling Classes and a space for cultural exchange - storytelling, education and experience.  

The space

Led by Sabrina, Blow Water is now a small team and is in the exciting position to open our first permanent home. We are delighted to have secured a space in our home of Kings Heath. The space we have secured is just off Kings Heath High Street but it needs a lot of work to transform into our dream eatery and arts space. Blow Water Cafe will be a casual eatery space, creating an intimate and cosy environment for friends to meet and eat in Kings Heath. We also plan to hold arts and music events in the space.

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- The new location in Kings Heath at the moment (with lots of work needed!)

Blow Water Cafe gives an authentic lens to Hong Kong Culture and food. The eatery will have a minimal and botanical theme, utilising the original features of the building whilst creating the atmosphere of an East Asian cafe. 

We have built up funds for the initial costs to get going with the space but we will use the Crowdfunder money to fit the interior and buy furniture/equipment to create a community eatery and arts space for Kings Heath! 

Please get in touch if you would like to have private catering by us.

The rewards

Blow Water Logo Tote Bag

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Cobalt Blue Tong Lau Building Tote Bag1653670120_white_line_bag.png 

Blow Water Embroidered Logo White T-Shirt

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Don Mak 麥東記 Calligraphy Art Print

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Tong Lau Building T shirt in Black

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Tong Lau Building T-Shirt in Ecru White

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DJ Bus Replacement Service & Dim Sum Records Party

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The Wilderness x Blow Water

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Private Chef at your home for 4 people 

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Verbena Venue Hire Party of 12

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5 course dinner for 12 with welcome drinks

6 bottle of wine or 12 bottles of beer

Any other drinks must be paid for separately 

Please give at least a month notice of your desired date

Available Monday to Wednesday evenings or Saturday lunchtime only

https://www.verbenakitchen.co.uk/

T&C: We aim to complete all rewards within 12 months of the Crowdfunding finishing if we are successful. 

Events will be held on a specific dates and tickets are non refundable.

For vouchers for Blow Water Cafe these are valid for 12 months after our opening date. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£50 or more

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Launch w/ Dim Sum Records&On the Rocks Records+Tee

Ticket to the launch party of Blow Water Cafe, spinning records by Dim Sum Records from London and On the Rocks Records from Cafe Artum + white embroidered Blow Water logo T-shirt. https://www.instagram.com/dimsumrecords/

£10 or more

Thank you!

A big thank you from us and a free hot drink on your first visit to Blow Water Cafe.

£18 or more

Blow Water Totes

Blow Water logo tote bag

£20 or more

Cobalt Blue Tong Lau Building Tote Bag

Blow Water Tong Lau Building Tote Bag in Cobalt Blue

£25 or more

Blow Water Dumplings

Box of 12 our homemade signature dumplings. Choice of pork & chive or vegan. Dumplings come frozen. Collection only.

£25 or more

Embroidered Blow Water Logo T-shirt

White T-shirt with embroidered Blow Water logo T-shirt sizes available to choose after crowdfunding finishes.

£25 or more

Don Mak 麥東記 Calligraphy Art Print

Don Mak 麥東記 is a Hong Kong illustrator and calligrapher, based in UK. He specialises in preserving Hong Hong history and city landscape. This A5 print is a one off limited edition for the Crowdfunder. Layout Design by Bryan Lee https://www.instagram.com/donmak/

£25 or more

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VIP gig in Blow Water Cafe

A ticket to attend our VIP gig curated by Blow Water with experimental sounds from Hong Kong performed by Zyggurat in Blow Water Cafe. Date to be decided. https://www.instagram.com/_zyggurat_/

£30 or more

Limited Ed Tong Lau Building Blow Water T-Shirt

Iconic Hong Kong 1960's building with Blow Water illustration on Black organic cotton t-shirt screen-printed by Do Make Say Ink in Balsall Heath. T shirt sizes available to choose after crowdfunding finishes. https://www.domakesayink.com

£30 or more

9 of 30 claimed

DJ Bus Replacement Service & Dim Sum Records Party

DJ Bus Replacement Service on the decks playing classic tunes from Hong Kong mixed with edgy & experimental dance music, supported by Dim Sum Records from Shoreditch, London at Blow Water Cafe. Ticket includes one portion of Blow Water dumplings (vegan option available). Date to be confirmed. https://www.instagram.com/deejaybrs/ https://www.instagram.com/dimsumrecords/

£30 or more

Ecru White Tong Lau Building T-Shirt

Ecru White T- Shirt - Iconic Hong Kong 1960's building with Blow Water illustration on natural raw white organic cotton t-shirt by Stanley/Stella.

£35 or more

Blow Water Creamy Cheesecake

8" Matcha or Chocolate Cheesecake by Blow Water. Collection Only.

£50 or more

94 of 100 claimed

Crowdfunder Set Menu for 2

Voucher for a 2 course set menu at Blow Water Cafe for 2 (once opened). Vegetarian and vegan options available.

£55 or more

Tong Lau Building T Shirt + Frozen Dumplings

Tong Lau Building T-shirt + Frozen Dumplings with choices of Pork and Chive or Vegan. Collection only.

£65 or more

9 of 12 claimed

Blow Water x Bulb Supper Club

A Birmingham based female-led supper club evening. Blow Water collaboration with Bulb at Blow Water Cafe. Date to be confirmed. https://www.instagram.com/bulbbirmingham/

£70 or more

Blow Water Dumpling Class

Learn to make our signature dumplings with Sabrina in the new Blow Water Cafe space and then sit down as a group to share dinner together. A variety of dates will be available once the space is complete and open.

£300 or more

Private Chef for 4

Private Chef at your home for 4 people, bespoke menu to suit your needs.

£1,000 or more

Blow Water Cafe Venue Hire Party of 20

Perfect space for your celebration and events! Snack catering included.

£1,000 or more

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Verbena Venue Hire Party of 12

Enjoy five courses and drinks at Verbena, a seasonal modern British restaurant in Stirchley *available Mon to Wed evenings or Saturday lunchtime only* https://www.verbenakitchen.co.uk/

£20 or more

13 of 13 claimed

Kamaal Williams x Blow Water Tote Bag

Limtied edition tote bag - collabrated with Kamaal Williams, gig and supper club in Peckham 2021

£20 or more

30 of 30 claimed

Couch Cocktail Night Takeover

Couch x Blow Water - Couch will be curating Hong Kong Inspired cocktails for one night at Blow Water Cafe only. Ticket include one drink. Except something unusual and delicious. Date TBC

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Black Cat Lava Custard Mooncake 流沙奶黃月餅

Black Cat Bakes speciality Lava Custard Mooncake 流沙奶黃月餅 4pcs. Mid Autumn Festival special. Postal service available. https://www.instagram.com/blackcat.bakes/

£100 or more

22 of 22 claimed

The Wilderness x Blow Water

8 course tasting menu with paired drinks, curated by Alex from The Wilderness and Sabrina from Blow Water, combining the modern tastes of Hong Kong and the UK. £100 per head at The Wilderness. We can’t accept any dietary requirements. One Tuesday in October, date TBC

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

GirlDreamer Dumpling Class for 10

GirlDreamer x Blow Water bespoke workshop

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