This week sees the return of Bristol Food Connections – a festival which has been celebrating the incredible culinary culture and agricultural history of our city since its inception in 2014.
This year’s theme is ‘time’ – the idea behind it, is to get us thinking about how we can be more aligned with the seasons, how the food we eat has changed over the last 100 years and what it might look like in the future.
We love the concept, as well as some of the thought provoking topics and bigger issues relating to sustainability that this theme supports – such as diet, food security, waste and what our food system looks like now and in the future.
Bristol is undeniably a city of foodies and this year’s programme does not disappoint. It’s more diverse than ever before and reflects the organisations, communities and individuals who call Bristol home. In fact, it’s so good we had a hard time shortlisting from the 100+ events on the programme – but in no particular order, here are our top picks of not to be missed events this week.
- Join Better Food for a free cuppa … but only if you bring your own mug!
Better Food Co are celebrating Bristol Food Connections and Wake Up to Organic (Wednesday 13th June) by giving away a free organic tea or coffee when you bring your own reusable cup to any of their cafés every day this week before 9am.
On the eve of the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards, last year’s winner of the Derek Cooper Award and Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust will be discussing the future of education with pioneering headmaster Richard Dunne.
With restaurant chains closing, high streets under pressure, costs spiralling, skills shortages and Brexit on the horizon…. is it a turning point for the Britain’s relationship with the restaurant? A not to be missed special edition of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.
4. Harbourside Market – BBC Food & Farming Winners
A special edition of the regular Wednesday market featuring previous winners of the BBC Food & Farming Awards. Saturday & Sunday (11- 4pm)
Head to River Cottage Kitchen for an evening of mouth-watering food and thought-provoking conversation. Peter Greig, of the award-winning Pipers Farm, will be asking whether we should be eating less meat and discussing the farming systems and their pros and cons.
6. In Our Hands – film screening
You’ve got not just one, but two chances to join the Land Workers Alliance & Bristol film-makers BlackBark Films for a screening of “In Our Hands,” the one-hour documentary that has taken Bristol by storm. We were lucky enough to be at the launch event and can’t recommend it enough! You can catch it at City hall or for a special evening screening with a Q&A with the director and a 2 course local produce dinner.
An exclusive opportunity to catch Jenny Chandler, author of the Pulse cookbook and former UN ambassador for the United Nations International Year of Pulses, discussing the range of beans, peas and lentils grown on British farms with Nick Saltmarsh, co-founder of Hodmedod’s, Britain’s BBC Food and Farming Award winning pulse and grain pioneers.
Join award-winning chef Jo Ingleby and Claire from Earthwise for a fun day of harvesting and cooking fresh, seasonal food at The Community Farm, Chew Magna. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your family to learn first-hand where their food comes from, how long it takes to grow and how to cook it, turning it into a delicious meal to share with everyone.
FareShare South West are celebrating 10 years of redistributing surplus food from the food industry to those in need in Bristol and the South West. Join them for a 3-course surplus community feast. There will be live music and delicious food made by the amazing Cafe Des Amis team, and activities and speakers to get us all thinking about the food waste and hunger issues we want to tackle.
Join Bristol Food Network as some of Bristol’s beautiful secret fruit and vegetable gardens open their gates to the public. These oases are havens for wildlife as well as brilliant food production sites that are used by communities across the city. For those that want to get involved there will be demonstrations, talks and workshops as well as some delicious refreshments.
Do you have a favourite that didn’t make our list? Tweet @Greenhouse_PR and let us know. We’ll be out and about during the week and hope to see you at some of these fantastic events.
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