Spring may be delayed this year, but it seems Bristol isn’t holding back when it comes to food festivals. Gastronomically speaking, Bristol is currently one of the most exciting cities in the country. From boutique eateries to street food markets, Michelin-starred restaurants and superb restaurants in shipping containers, Bristol is certainly making a name for itself on the culinary map.

And if that wasn’t enough food for thought, come summer, the city plays host to a full line-up of foodie festivals. So if you like your grub, we’ve got some tasty dates for your diary - feast your eyes on this little lot…

Foodies

April

Source Cafe Oyster Festival (19-21 April)

Calling all oyster lovers! Get down to Source Café opposite St Nicholas Markets in April to snap up six types of the little beauties from all over the UK. There’ll also be a range of cooked dishes, some Bloody Mary oyster shooters on offer all day and a special, later opening on Friday 21 (8am-8pm) to coincide with the St Nicks Night Market. Yum scrum in your tum.

Source

May

Foodies Festival (11-13 May)

The UK’s biggest food festival takes place on Bristol’s Durdham Downs. Watch Great British Bake Off Winners and top local chefs baking live, meet Michelin-starred Chefs, Great British Menu Winners and MasterChef Champions. Feast in the Street Food Avenue, learn to bake, tuck into afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent, take part in workshops, buy from local producers, boogie along to live music on the Success Express Music (this year’s headliners include Dodgy, The Hoosiers and Toploader) or enter the Chilli Eating Competition! Kids can cook up a storm in the Childrens Cookery Theatre while you treat yourself to some tasty tipples from the Bar Bus, Pimms Teapot or Drinks Theatre.

Foodies Festival

VegFestUK (26-27 May)

Turn up the beet, at VegfestUK Bristol. As well as talks, cookery demonstrations, food stalls, comedians, magicians and a club night staged indoors, the festival will feature leading dance DJ Judge Jules and a blues lounge. Good chives only!

Elspeths Kitchen

Image - Elspeths Kitchen

June

Bristol Food Connections (11-17 June)

Returning to the city in June for a week-long celebration of the people, companies and organisations that make Bristol’s food culture so creative and unique is Bristol Food Connections. The festival promises to tantalise, tempt, educate and enlighten and will take place in various locations around the city. Past events have included a street food extravaganza in Millennium Square, producer markets, a huge food trail, debates, food walks, cookery classes and demos from celebrity chefs. 2018’s programme will be going live any day now, so watch this space!

Food Connections

Longleat Food and Drink Festival (23-24 June)

Just over an hour south of Bristol is the UK’s original Safari Park and one of the finest Elizabethan stately homes in the country, Longleat. This year’s food and drink festival will feature celebrity chefs, live demos, a pop-up Market Street, street foods and live music on the beautiful Longleat lawns. Deeeee-licious.

Longleat

July

Bristol Thai and Multi-Cultural Food Festival (July 28-29)

We might not have the climate or the idyllic beaches, but Bristol Thai and Multi-Cultural Food Festival aims to offer people an experience of Thailand, through its delicious food and heritage. This year’s festival – now in its seventh year – will also feature Brazilian and Filipino culinary delights. Expect traditional dances, Thai cookery demonstrations, kids’ entertainment, an international costumer parade, catwalk show, live music, Thai boxing and a festival beer garden.

Thai festival

August

Great British Food Festival at Bowood House (25-27 Aug)

The Great British Food Festival takes place in front of fine stately home, Bowood House, with gorgeous views of one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s most beautiful parks. Your ticket to the event also includes two for one entry to the gardens, so once you’re done eating you can walk it all off in the grounds. As for the festival itself, there’ll be live music, a cake off (all cake off entrants get in free!), street food, an artisan market, a foraging guided walk and lots more!

bowood

Valley Fest (3-5 August)

Get those dancing wellies on for Valley Fest, overlooking the beautiful Chew Valley Lake in the Mendip hills. As well as lots of family-friendly activities including veg picking, kids yoga, a farm academy and an eclectic mix of music, there's a big food focus too. Be sure to book tickets for the gourmet organic Midnight Feast and giant communal picnic. Flavoursome fun in a field.

Valley Fest

Image - Valley Fest, credit Jon Craig

September

The Coffee House Project (7-8 September)

The Coffee House Project is Bristol’s first coffee festival; a caffeine- fuelled celebration of the best talent Bristol and the South West has to offer. Running over two days, it focuses on local, artisan roasters, independent food and drink retailers and home-grown baristas. The event is being held at The Passenger Shed with up to 50 exhibitors expected including Clifton Coffee Roasters, Girls who Grind Coffee and Extract Coffee already confirmed. Founding partners and event specialists, Louisa Parry and Sofia Simou have lived and breathed coffee culture around the world, but found nowhere quite like their home city of Bristol.

Coffee House Project

Image - Lou and Sophie from The Coffee House Project

October

Wild & Well Festival

Wild & Well is a new wellbeing festival based around four themes – Move, Eat, Connect and Explore. The festival will take place in venues around Bristol’s Harbourside - including M-Shed, We The Curious, Arnolfini, a yurt on Brandon Hill (for the Eat events) and Ashton Court Estate (for the Explore programme’s mountain biking, forest school etc). Get moving and feel good with drum ‘n bass workouts, ballroom dancing, HIIT sessions, paddle boarding, dedicated yoga venues and Bestival’s SPIINBOX (created by Rob Da Bank and former Olympian Tim Weeks). The Eat strand will focus on wild cooking, sustainability and communal eating, with talks, cooking demos and hands-on workshops on fermentation, cooking over fire, butchery, growing your own produce and more.

Paddleboarding

Year-round

The Love Food Festival runs all year-round at various locations across the city but the biggest celebration of food kicks off in summer when Bristol Food Connections takes over Millennium Square and The Amphitheatre. Love Food Festival have also teamed up with the Wild & Well Festival to curate a special market featuring some of the UK’s finest producers and street food superstars in October. The Love Food Festival will also be celebrating autumn on October 29 at Paintworks, where you can cosy down with a mulled cider, scoff street food and stock up on fresh, local produce and hand-made crafts. There’ll also be family ravioli, butter and crumble workshops, arts and crafts for wee ones and talks.

Love food festival

Street food

To sample ‘festival-style’ street food all year-round, you’re spoilt for choice in Bristol. Head to the Victorian St Nicholas Market (open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm), St Nicholas Markets Street Food Market (Tues & Fri 11-2.30pm), The Nails Market (10am-5pm), Bristol Farmers’ and Producers’ Market (Weds 8am- 2.30pm). Tobacco Factory Market (Sun 10-2.30am), Harbourside Market (Sat & Sun 11am-4pm or Thurs on Broad Quay 12-3pm) or Finzel’s Reach Market (Friday 10am-2pm).

St Nicholas Market

Image - St Nicholas Market

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