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Foodie hotspot Bristol welcomes the return of giant festival

11th March 2019

Categories: Latest News

Bristolians are in for a treat when the UK's biggest celebration of food and drink returns to the city with a star-studded array of top chefs and music acts over the weekend May 10-12.

The crowd-pulling Foodies Festival will bring a smorgasbord of entertainment to picturesque Durdham Downs including the crème de la crème of city chefs and famous bands.

Scouting for Girls are to play Foodies Festival 2019

Chart-topping band Scouting for Girls and Masterchef 2014 champion Ping Coombes are on the menu as well as a hearty helping of culinary and musical talent.

The three-day event has been hailed a perfect fit for the city by tourism bosses as it prepares to welcome more than 25,000 people to Bristol.

The 2019 Foodies Festival will dish up  more than 200 exhibitors and award-winning artisan producers, a Street Food Village, the brand new Cakes and Desserts Theatre, a Kids Cookery School, Healthy Living Area, Chef’s Theatre and Food and Drink masterclasses.

For the second year running, the festival is supporting Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) with tickets raising money for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis.

Scouting for Girls, whose hits include She's So Lovely, Elvis Ain't Dead and UK number one This Ain't a Love Song, will headline the MAH stage, while leading Queen tribute act Flash and a host of emerging bands and soloists will have visitors singing and dancing well into the night.

Festival director Sue Hitchen said: “Bristolians really know their food and love to try something new. They chat to the artisan producers, pack the Chef’s Theatre and send us pictures of the stunning recipes they have produced.

“Social media is set alive throughout the weekend and we can’t wait to return.”

Ping Coombes

Masterchef 2014 champion Ping Coombes, who last year opened her new 'Ping Pan-Asian' restaurant at Selfridges's iconic London store, will be sharing her top culinary tips along with Michelin star chefs George Livesy of Bristol's popular Bulrush restaurant and Rob Potter from the Manor House in Wiltshire.

Bristol-based chefs Jan Ostle, who co-owns Wilson's restaurant and Louise McCrimmon of the city’s Harvey Nichols will be showing off their skills, while Bath chef Chris Cleghorn of The Olive Tree, Spanish celebrity cook Omar Allibhoy of The Tapas Revolution and successful food authors Dan Toombs, aka The Curry Guy, Kalpna Woolf and Anupreet Attridge will also be making appearances.

Destination Bristol says the Foodies Festival underlines the city’s growing reputation as a culinary hotspot.

Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol, said: “With a reputation as one of the country’s most diverse and inventive food destinations, Bristol is big on street-food, markets, ethically-sourced ingredients, vegan restaurants, world cuisines and award-winning independents so it’s a very good fit to have Foodies Festival here in May.

"The city was proclaimed a ‘Foodie Hotspot’ in the 2018 Good Food Guide which included 28 Bristol restaurants and the highest number of new entries of any city outside of London.

"In January 2019, a survey by Chef’s Pencil also ranked Bristol the world’s number one vegan-friendly city and Bristol was recently awarded the National Geographic Traveller Rising Star award, and I believe our food scene is a major contributor that attracts tourists globally."

Jan Ostle of Wilsons restaurant on Chandos can't wait to serve up some locally-produced culinary delights for the city's foodie fans.

He said: “Bristol is a foodie city by definition. The community in Bristol looks after its independent restaurants and we try to look after them.

“There is a smouldering passion for local food and you've got to be good to work in Bristol. I'm honoured to have been accepted and to be able to fly the flag for Bristol.

“I'm originally from Oxford and moved to Bristol four years ago. I love the place and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. And last year the Foodies Festival was epic, we had such a great time.”

Musicians Against Homelessness is an initiative founded by music PR Emma Rule and boasts businessman Alan McGee, who famously signed Oasis, as its patron.

The project provides opportunities for up-coming talent while raising funds for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis in the process.

Foodies Festivals, staged up and down the country, will provide a major platform with more than 400 acts appearing during the series of events.

Emma said: “Thanks to the support from Foodies and the artists playing our stages we will continue to raise money to support those living on the streets and also ensure that people visiting the festival enjoy a fantastic programme of music.”

For every ticket sold, the festival will make a donation to the cause. There will also be merchandise on sale giving a further boost to funds.

Tickets, including VIP packages, are now on sale.


Tickets and opening times:

Tickets are on sale now at and 0844 9951111

Children aged 12 and under go free on earlybird tickets to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

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