Bristol Food Connections from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2018Posted on: 08 Jun 2018
Bristol Food Connections returns to the city for its usual mouthwatering cornucopia of multi-cultural food and drink events and activities from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2018.
City dwellers and those from further afield will be able to tempt their tastebuds and open themselves up to all sorts o thrilling gastronomic experiences for a culinary showcase that is also guaranteed to enlighten and educate your mind and your palate.
This year there will be a giddying array of events across the city - over 100, in fact - all designed to unite us through something we all love and enjoy - eating food. Bristol has always prided itself on it fiercely independent and creative spirit, and this celebration of 'from field to fork' will take everyone on a thrilling culinary journey.
The first Food Connections kicked off in 2014 and has subsequently gone on to become one of the biggest and best events of its kind in the UK. Last year saw the event scaled down to the smaller We Are Food event which encouraged the city's nurturing and understanding of its food culture, but this year the festival is back and bigger and better than ever.
'Time' is the theme of this year's Bristol Food Connections. Whether it's enjoying meal times, special times, celebrating those all-important past times or even thinking about the future of food, you'll be able to ruminate, cogitate and digest over exactly what time means to you in a culinary context and how it affects the way we eat. Categories this year will include:
Feasts and Festivities
Feasts, pop-ups, supper clubs and picnics are all marvellous ways to connect people through food, and this will give you the perfect chance to mix, mingle, eat, share stories and celebrate the rich, vibrant gastronomic diversity of the city.
Food and families just, well, go together and this category of events will whip your kids into a food-based frenzy with everything from picnics in the playground to field-to-fork workshops. Highlights will include Community Food Surplus Feast at Easton Community Centre and A Picnic Through Time at Greenway Centre & Cafe.
Land and Growing
Understanding the provenance of our food is one of the key ways of appreciating it, and this exploration of where our food comes from and is grown will provide a fascinating insight into that. Allotments and community gardens across the city will be thrown open for you to explore and get your hands dirty, whilst looking at the very real, modern concerns of maintaining a self-sufficient food culture and sustainability.
Future of Food
Eating habits and dietry requirements are often fickle, capricious things, and this category of events will explore what our diets of the future will look like, focusing on aspects such as environmental, political and technological shifts through a variety of innovative and out-of-the-box thinking activities.
Bristol's food scene - past, present and future - will go under the culinary microscope to demonstrate how Bristol's colourful historical past and its irrepressible diversity have shaped, Bristol fashion, the way we understand and appreciate the city's food scene today. Two highlights will include And All The Men We Saw Today – A Sensory Audio Walk at Bedminster Library, and World Food Passport.
Loaded as it is with those primal appreciations and appetites of sight, taste and smell, food is, unsurprisingly, often inextricably linked with our personal sense of happiness and wellbeing, not to mention its power to heal, nourish and rejuvenate. One of these events will put a smile on your face and leave you feeling fabulous. Notable sessions here include Edible History Walking Tour and Open Community Veggie Lunch at CoExist.
Plunge yourself into a world of discovery with this kitchen-themed event that will give you an insight into new and exciting cooking ideas and techniques. So, if you've ever wondered what exactly fermenting involves or how you can make your own Chinese dumplings, this is just the gig for you.
You can cast your culinary eye over the full range of events and activities taking place throughout Bristol Food Connections here.
Bristol Food Connections will take place at various venues across Bristol.
Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg. He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels. You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.