Afrika Eye Festival of Film, Arts and Culture is back with an enticing programme of films and music from Africa and the diaspora, screening across the city from 6 to 16 November. Check out the programme and book here.  

The festival kicks off this Saturday with a pop-up event for families at Felix Road Adventure Playground. There will be a screening of the wonderful Kirikou and the Sorceress followed by storytelling with Kabbo Hue Ferdinand, plus hot chocolate and popcorn. 

In between preparations for the festival, Festival Director and foodie Annie Menter has taken the time to share her #FoodFriday picks with us. 

Annie Menter, Festival Director of Afrika Eye Festival

The Sheppey

This time of year is perfect for a trip to Ham Wall on the Somerset levels, to catch the astonishing murmurations, thousands and thousands of starlings swooping across the sky to settle on the reed beds for the night. There’s no better way to complete the experience than to visit the wonderfully quirky and welcoming Sheppey Inn just down the road at Lower Godney. Their restaurant is family and dog friendly and their constantly changing menu seductively good. A favourite of mine is their fish stew, warming and zinging with flavour.

Pasta Ripiena

An absolute favourite stop-off before a film or visit to Bristol Old Vic. Younger sister of Pasta Loco, their innovative pasta dishes bursting with freshly sourced ingredients and accompanied by a chilled glass are guaranteed to meet that early evening hunger spot. Super friendly staff complete this little gem of a restaurant.

Marmo

I love this little owner-run outfit with its simple décor and unusual menu – truly creative with novel pairing of ingredients and it’s more than likely that there will always be at least one word on the menu that you will need translating! This team really know their wines and recommendations always please. I’m champing at the bit to book a table this autumn.

Thali Café

Living in Montpelier, we’re spoilt for choice with lots of eateries a hop and a skip away but our closest and most loved is Thali Café. Goan fish curry or Masala Dhosa with a bottle of Kingfisher takes me straight back to beach shacks in Goa and an evening stroll as the sun goes down…

But back to reality, the service is great, the space is welcoming with a bubble of conversation that tells you everyone is enjoying themselves. Excellent value too, AND they do take-away!

A tray of Indian dishes from Thali Cafe

Image - Thali

Ethicurian

Autumn walks are a regular feature of our weekends and where better to kick off the walking boots and have a flavourful perfectly cooked Sunday lunch with produce from the walled garden. Their cookbook is a mine of information and must-make recipes.

If you’re too late for lunch and fetch up at teatime, there are cakes you never dreamed could be so good and a great range of teas. A young team of passionate foodies, who seem to get better and better at what they do.

Suyuan

This excellent little vegetarian Chinese restaurant just off Queen Square is a treat in store if you haven’t come across it. A small and intimate space filled with good food and good humour. An assortment of toothsome dumplings, pancakes and dishes that surprise and delight with their freshness and regional flavours. Book a table as spaces are at a premium especially early evening.

About the author

Annie has travelled the world for over twenty years while working with WOMAD, the world music festival. She now curates the incredibly popular ‘Taste the World’ stage, where artists from around the globe are invited to cook a favourite dish from their country, with musical interludes where they exchange the wooden spoon for a musical instrument – all the while in conversation with the Taste the World host. So no stranger to unusual dishes and authentic ingredients, she also loves exploring the variety of eateries back in Bristol.   

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Afrika Eye Film Festival, held annually in Bristol, is the South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture.