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 food festivals. So if you like your grub, we’ve got some tasty dates for your food festival diary - feast your eyes on this little lot...

Foodies

May

Foodies Festival (10-12 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, MasterChef 2014 Champion Ping Coombes will be sharing her top culinary tips along with Michelin-starred chef Geroge Livesy from Bristol’s Bulrush and other top chefs. Feast in the Street Food Village, take a food and drink masterclass, tuck into sweet treats in the Cakes and Desserts Theatre, buy from local artisan producers and boogie along to live music from Scouting For Girls, Queen tribute act Flash and a whole host of emerging musicians.

Foodies Festival

Image - Foodies Festival

Bristol Thai and Multi-Cultural Food Festival (11-12 May)

We might not have the climate and swaying palm trees, but Bristol Thai and Multi-Cultural Food Festival aims to offer people an experience of Thailand, through its delicious food and heritage. Expect a traditional dances and a costume catwalk, live music, Thai food stalls, family entertainment, Thai boxing and a festival beer garden.

Thai festival

Image - Bristol Thai & Multicultural Festival

June

Bristol Food Connections (12-23 June)

Gather with Bristol’s food community at Bristol Food Connections (12-23 June) for a citywide celebration of all that is great about food in Bristol. There are over 100 events ranging from workshops and demos with top chefs and even GBBO contestant Briony May, to a pre-work Wake Up Rave from Valley Fest, as well as plant-based feasts, family events, informative sessions, tipple tasting and lots more!

Food Connections

Image - Bristol Food Connections

Longleat Food and Drink Festival (22-23 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. The park is hosting its second Food and Drink festival which will see the grounds overflowing with all things foodie; celebrity chefs, live demos, a pop-up Market Street, cooking masterclasses, street foods plus live music, classic cars and vintage fairground rides.

Longleat

Image - Longleat

August

Valley Fest (2-4 August)

Touting itself as 100% organic and the best-tasting festival in the South West, food is an important element of Valley Fest, which takes place in a beautiful location overlooking Chew Valley Lake. As well as lots of lovely food stalls, there are plenty of family-friendly activities, including veg picking, kids yoga, a farm academy, kids’ raves, storytelling, a parade and an eclectic mix of music. Look out for demonstrations from local chefs, producers and farmers, plus a gourmet organic Midnight Feast and giant communal picnic. Flavoursome fun in a field.

Bristol food festival - valley fest

Image - Valley Fest

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 coffee 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.

Bristol Food festivals - Coffee House Festival credit Edd Cope

Image - Bristol Coffee House Festival, credit Edd Cope

October

Wild & Well Festival (11-13 October)

Wild & Well is a wellbeing festival based around four themes – Move, Eat, Connect and Explore. The festival will take place in venues around Bristol - including M-Shed, We The Curious, Arnolfini, a yurt on Brandon Hill (for the Eat events) and Ashton Court Estate (for the Explore programme). Get moving and feel good with drum‘n bass workouts, ballroom dancing, HIIT sessions, paddle boarding, dedicated yoga classes, wild cooking, sustainability and communal eating, talks, cooking demos and hands-on workshops.

Wild & Well festival - bristol food festivals

Image - Tom Hunt, Wild and Well Festival

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 Colston Hall. Love Food Festival has also teamed up with St Nick’s Night Market to curate a special feast for the senses on 10 May. Keep an eye on their website for seasonal festivals at Paintworks, where you can scoff street food and stock up on fresh, local produce and handmade crafts.

Love food festival

Image - 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 12pm-2pm).

  • St Nicholas Market

Image - St Nicholas Market

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