The glittery, food-focused, kid-friendly summer shindig that is Valley Fest takes place this weekend (4-6) Aug in the gorgeous Chew Valley near Bristol. Its founder, BBC Food & Farming’s Outstanding Farmer of the Year nominee in 2014, Luke Hasell, shares his Bristol favourites for #FoodFriday ahead of the food-filled festival.

Luke Hasell

Image - Luke Hasell

Tare

Wapping Wharf has sprung up as the newest and most exciting foodie quarter in Bristol. The atmosphere down there is absolutely buzzing, so alive with people, especially at this time of year. Tare is one of my favourites. A real treat to have set menus from chef Matt Hampshire, and all in a unit with only 18 seats, it offers a very personal experience. The set menus change regularly and are always delicious. 

Yurt Lush

We pride ourselves on making top notch food from locally-sourced producers, in a relaxed atmosphere. We have launched a brand new bistro menu and of course we are famous for our roast dinners (which I eat a lot of!) 

Paco Tapas

What a treat to have this on our doorstep! This is hands down the best tapas restaurant this side of Spain! Michelin starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (also of Casamia and Pi Shop) serves up the finest jamon and padron peppers. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Souk Kitchen

I love this place. In the heart of Southville, opposite Tobacco Factory Theatres and Café Bar, lies a colourful restaurant, flickering with candles that will transport you to the Middle East.  There’s so much to choose from the mezze menu and the mains are great too. Again, all the food is locally-sourced, which is really important to me. 

Valley Fest

Valley Fest

Image - Valley Fest, credit Jon Craig

Our festival is very much about delicious food and having a big old knees up! All food this year is organic and we have lots of great chefs joining us for workshops and demos. We also have our communal feasts; the Midnight Feast and Sunday Picnic cooked by top chefs. Plus Yeo Valley Canteen are dishing up an incredible four course wedding feast on Friday night to tie in with our White Wedding club night. And we have 6 Foot Stories theatre group coming to encourage everyone to play with their food! That, plus loads of great music and stunning views over Chew Valley lake, what more could you ask for?

About the author: Luke Hasell started Valley Fest in 2014 after taking over his parents farm, who both passed away when only in their early fifties. To honour their memory Luke decided to put on an event that would encompass their zest for life, their love of good food and a true celebration of life to share with those you love. The Community Farm, where Valley Fest is held, is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service. Luke was BBC Food & Farming’s Outstanding Farmer of the Year nominee in 2014 and is passionate about connecting people with where their food comes from and helping them to reconnect with the land that it’s grown on. More than 500 local people share ownership of the farm and they love to throw their arms wide open to a few more for the big old knees up that is Valley Fest! Luke is also part of the team who owns Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, Yurt Lush, Salt & Malt and Root. He also runs The Story Butchers. 

For more info and to book tickets, go to http://valleyfest.co.uk/ 

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