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Bristol Food Connections

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Bristol Food Connections


Bristol Food Connections festival is a citywide celebration of food of epic proportions. 

From 12th-23rd June 2019, residents and visitors alike will be taken on a journey of exploration and discovery of all that is GREAT about food in Bristol (and beyond) through a cornucopia of events that are sure to tantalise and tempt, educate and enlighten. 

This year the Food Connections Festival Hub will be hosted in the magnificent Colston Hall, with talks, cookery demos and markets, plus the usual programme of feasts, tours, debates, workshops and parties across the city.

With over 100 events in all corners of Bristol, it’s a spectacular showcase of Bristol’s diversity and creativity, uniting the city through one common factor…food!

Highlights from this year's programme include:

- The World Food Passport
Discover some of Bristol's best food & drink with these pocket-sized passports. In each district (Bedminster, Clifton or Gloucester Road) the World Food Passport will be your ticket to a free taster or small plate in 13-15 different venues. Valid for the full ten days of the festival, there is plenty of time to either choose one district, or collect them all!

- Brain Food 
A foodie version of TED talks, these discussions will focus on important issues such as palm oil, the impact food has on culture & identity, and how connecting with nature can affect our food choices.

- The Future Food Banquet 
Bristol’s finest chefs will cook a special dinner together to explore that most critical question, “What does a truly sustainable diet look like?"

- Avery's Summer of Wine 
Taste from over 100 wines from around the world, including top picks for summer, staff highlights and new arrivals.

- Old City Street Party
Come together for an Old City street party! Experience a traffic-free day in the iconic setting of Bristol’s Corn Street. Enjoy food from local businesses, fun family activities and street entertainment in a shared and relaxed setting.

- History of St Nicholas Market Walking Tour
Discover the rich food and social history of St Nick’s Market on a walking tour with Matt Day, from its first construction as an Exchange was back in 1743, to it’s use as a prominent music venue during the 1960s.

- Booze on the Brain at Bristol Spirit
Sam Espensen looks at positive and negative effects of alcohol on the brain, the role that bars play in society and what the future holds for both.

- Limeburn Hill Vineyard Tour
Take a tour of Limeburn Hill’s biodynamic vineyard, located on the south facing slopes of Westfield Farm in the Chew Valley, with the wine makers.

- Father’s Day Fish & Chips on The Matthew
Take a relaxing cruise on The Matthew of Bristol, a replica of the Tudor ship that put North America on the map, as she sails around Bristol’s historic harbour, then enjoy fresh fish and chips delivered to you on deck.

- Dine and Vine Vegan Feast at Old Market Assembly
A vegan tasting menu from new chef, including seasonal produce sourced from local and sustainable suppliers, paired with the crisp, fresh flavours of Dunleavy wines from their Somerset vineyards.

- Cameroonian Cuisine and The Commonwealth with Grace Ekall
An evening of Cameroonian inspired food, cocktails and music, sharing the true spirit of Makossa. Embark on a journey of discovery through five delicious courses, each one capturing the flavours of this little-known cuisine.

- Get Growing Garden Trail
32 of Bristol's fruit and veg gardens throw open their gates - explore the city's community allotments, orchards, smallholdings, mini market gardens, city farms, productive parks and even a unique berry maze!

- Bristol Vineyard Tours: Chew Valley
Be transported out of the city to three beautiful vineyards only 30 minutes from central Bristol. A unique chance to meet the makers, explore the vines and sample some award-winning wines.

- Minum Petang (Malaysian afternoon tea) with the Malaysian Kitchen
An opportunity to try a range of sweet and savoury Malaysian dishes, each with their own Malay, Chinese and Indian influences.

See the full list of events here:

It’s a week when food takes over the city, and they shine a light on all the great people, businesses and organisations that make Bristol’s food culture so uniquely independent and creative – celebrating every aspect of the journey of food – from field to fork.

Food Connections first took place in 2014 and ran in both subsequent years. The BBC Food and Farming Awards have been proudly hosted in Bristol since 2013, and from 2014-16 were the launch event of Bristol Food Connections, attracting UK-wide coverage on TV, radio and online and some of the biggest names in the UK food world to the city.  

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