Cider, spice and celebrities – Bristol Food Connections returns in May

Street food banquets, celebrity chefs and the BBC Food and Farming Awards - it's all in Bristol next month as the city hosts nine-day food festival Bristol Food Connections

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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.

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Our top 5 Bristol Food Connections events: