WE ARE FOOD! A GATHERING OF THE BRISTOL FOOD COMMUNITY

FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2017, 9.00-5.30

BRISTOL CITY HALL

On the 9th of June 2017, we will bring together over 300 chefs, farmers, food producers, retailers and community projects for ‘We Are Food! A gathering of the Bristol food community.’

Our event unexpectedly falls the day after the UK General Election. So if you’ve had enough of the political nit-wittery and want to come and be inspired by the food community building a kinder, more collaborative, more delicious city, then pick up tickets quickly as space is very limited.

Expect inspiring speakers who will explore how we feed ourselves in a changing world; start pondering whether stories have the power to help us change the way we eat; hear leading examples of cross-sector innovation, and catch up on plans for Food Connections 2018!

It’s going to be a jam-packed day of future food thinking, generating ideas and building new relationships. Our aim is to leave you inspired to shout about the uniquely independent and creative food culture of our remarkably forward-thinking city.

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Conference Programme

9.00-9.30am
Arrival, registration and coffee
9.30-9.40am
Bristol: Can a city build food culture?
9.40-10.00am
Feeding cities: How food shapes our cities and lives
10.00-10.20am
Can stories change the way we eat? Visioning a brighter future.
10.20-10.40am
The technology and trends transforming the food ecosystem
10.40-11.00am
Q&A from delegates
11.00-11.20am
Morning coffee break
11.20-11.30am
The Bristol Good Food plan
These sessions will be hosted by BBC Radio Bristol’s Laura Rawlings
11.30-11.50am
Community, Diversity and Access for all – Creating a food culture that works for everybody
11.50-12.00pm
Q&A from the floor
12.00-12.20pm
Future fitting food businesses – Meet the Bristol food businesses building strength through diversity
12.20-12.30pm
Q&A from the floor
12.30-12.50pm
New Ways: Innovation and collaboration across Bristol’s food sectors
12.50-1.00pm
Q&A from the floor
1.00-2.30pm
Delicious, seasonal lunch cooked up by Adrian Kirikmaa, chefs from St Monica’s Trust and students from the City of Bristol College

Opportunities for connection and networking

2.30-2.40pm
Food Connections 2018, sharing the vision
2.40-3.30pm
Breakout Session 1
Session 1
Feeding the future: Kids, food and education in Bristol
Session 2
Know your food, know your farmer: strengthening links between farmers and Bristol food businesses

Mary Holbrook, Owner and farmer, Sleight Farm

Session 3
The Bristol Food Story: Place-making Bristol as an international food destination
Session 4
Building creative food brands: customer loyalty through creative engagement
Session 5
Are community projects changing the way we eat? Mapping impact and engagement in Bristol
Session 6
Festivals and food culture: Can a festival build a city’s food culture?
Session 7
Bristol restaurants: how many is too many? Opportunity, risk and over-saturation

Stuart Hatton, Managing Director, Umberslade (Wapping Wharf)
Xanthe Clay, Food Writer and Author, The Telegraph
Jamie Pike, Co-Founder, Coexist

Session 8
Diversity and developing food culture – the essential role of immigration in changing the way we eat

Faiza Barre, Chair, Somali Womens’ Voice
Abdul Gani Majothi, Bristol Sweet Mart

Session 9
Mapping events and ideas for Food Connections 2018

Lorna Knapman, Director, Love Food Festival

3.30-3.45pm
Afternoon Break
3.45-4.35pm
Breakout Sessions 2

Sessions remain the same, delegates swap groups

4.45pm-5.15pm
Closing plenary
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