Pack your loosest trousers and head to the South West next month – Bristol is hosting a nine-day food festival extravaganza stretching across the city.
Bristol Food Connections, a non-profit event sponsored by First Great Western and other local businesses, is hosting a programme of over 130 separate events. Now in its second year, Food Connections attracted around 185,000 participants in 2014 and aims to change how we think about food and how we eat. These events include the Thatchers cider trails, a central street food market in Millenium Square, tasting events, live debates and talks from celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein and Mitch Tonks.
One of the cornerstone events is the Grow Festival, designed to help younger visitors learn how to cultivate and best use gardens and patches of land, from turning a garden into a wildlife haven to showing children how to cook with ingredients they can grow at home with the ‘Get Cooking’ classes. The Grow Festival is designed to improve knowledge of sustainability and homegrown produce in the next generation.
The festival kicks off with the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards 2015. The awards celebrate a commitment to the best of British food, and will include the winner of Countryfile’s Farming Hero Award 2015.
Bristol Food Connections runs from 1st – 9th of May this year, and the full programme of events is available to download here.
Our top 5 Bristol Food Connections events:
Street Food Market – celebrate the best of good street food. Saturday 2nd – Monday 4th May, all day, Millenium Square.
Cider and Sausage Festival – Bristol Cider Shop’s annual bank holiday knees-up. Sunday 3rd May, all day, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road.
First Great Western Pulman Dining with Mitch Tonks – fine dining with Mitch Tonks at The Spiny Lobster, Tonks’ local creation. Wednesday 6th May, The Spiny Lobster, Whiteladies Road.
Festival of Spice – feast on spiced-up stret food from around the world. Saturday 9th May, 12:00 until 18:00, St Mark’s Road.
‘Eat Drink Bristol Fashion’ finale party – closing the festival with a bang. All day, Saturday 9th May, Queen’s Square.