Bristol Food Connections – Our Top 5 Picks For This Weekend

Bristol Food Connections is a revolutionary food festival that is taking place across the entire city. It started on the 1st May 2015 and ends tomorrow the 9th May 2015 – but there’s still time to get involved!

Food Connections aims to change how we think about food and how we eat by ‘Bringing people and good food together’ and by celebrating the people, the produce and the projects that are putting Bristol on the map as a sustainable food capital.

There’s still time to get down to the festival and learn, taste, smell, touch and see what is going on for yourself – see the What’s On page for details.

Our top 5 picks

The Food Trail

Bristol is a treasure trove of incredible places to eat and drink, so why not discover somewhere new as part of the Food Trail. From the 1st until the 9th of May, more than 50 of Bristol’s best independent establishments will be doing something special for Food Connections.

Whether it’s a guest coffee roaster, a menu celebrating local producers, a new cider on tap or daily tasters in store, each participating venue will be showcasing the best of Bristol and connecting you to incredible food and the people behind it. Don’t forget take your map with you to participating venues and let them know you’re following the Food Trail to pick up exclusive discounts and specials.

To find out what’s on offer, head online to for a listing of the festival specials.

Share your Food Trail experience using the hashtag #bristolfoodtrail!

Bristol Pound night market

Bristol Pound Local Food Night Market in the Old City

Date: 8 May 2015, from 17:30 until 21:00.

Following the success of the Bristol Pound 2nd Birthday, the Bristol Pound team will be hosting a special Food Connections Night Market in the Old City. The Night Market will open up Bristol’s Old City in the evening, offering the people of Bristol a fun and fantastic opportunity to use Bristol Pounds to support local independent food traders. The historic Corn Exchange will be transformed; lit up by street performers, local musicians, and fantastic food traders – fun and great food for everyone! Booking:


St. Nicholas Market, Corn Street, Glass Arcade & surrounding areas | 1730-2100

Fish Extravaganza

Date: 8 May 2015, from 19:00 until 23:00.

A series of small plates featuring seafood from our shores, prepared in many different ways. This is a great chance to try something new from seaweed to sashimi.

Booking: The event will be ticketed and places will be sold in advance. Tickets are £65 and bookings can be made in the shop or café or over the phone on 0117 927 2998.

Source Café, 1-3 Exchange Ave, St Nicholas Market, Bristol, BS1 1JW | 1900-2300

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From Plot to Plate with Jo Ingleby

Date: 9 May 2015, from 10:00 until 13:00.

Local chef Jo Ingleby will be cooking up a storm in the farm’s new outdoor kitchen. Children will be taken on a harvest and taste adventure around the farm’s vegetable gardens and will learn to cook some delicious, seasonal dishes. There will be tastings along the way and food to take home. It is advised you bring wellies, an apron and a plastic container to take food home in. All dishes will be vegetarian, please let the farm know of any dietary requirements in advance of the day

Booking: £18 per child. Book online at or at farm reception.

Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bristol, City of Bristol BS3 4EA | 10-12.30 and 1-3.30pm

Local and Seasonal Cookery Workshop

Date: 9 May 2015, from 10:00 until 12:00.

‘Local & Seasonal’ is a 2-hour introduction to food produce in the South West and how it changes through the year. You will learn basic knife skills, cookery techniques and presentation tips, plus the natural and sustainable way to celebrate the amazing flavours of the South West!

Booking: £40 per head. Book online at

The Devilled Egg Kitchen Academy, 8 Downfield Road, Bristol BS8 2TH | 1000-1200

We hope to see you there!

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