Food Connections involves restaurants, farmers, food-projects and chefs from across the city of Bristol. We aim to showcase our thriving independent food scene for all the world to see. There are a number of ways that your food project, cafe, farm or business can get involved.


  • City Centre Programme
    The city centre programme forms a vibrant hub of festival activity on College Green, in Bristol’s city centre. There will be talks, panel discussions, practical workshops and cooking demonstrations. If you have an idea for a topic, issue or debate that the world needs to know about, contact Creative Director, Aine Morris:
  • Community Programme
    A key objective of Bristol Food Connections is to bring people together around good food, whether that’s teaching new skills or learning how to cook on a budget. Our community programme includes events, such as Cook n’ Converse, open Temple days and a travelling milk-float that will pop up near schools to help keep kids out of the chicken shops. If you would like to see Food Connections pop-up in your community, contact our Communities Manager Gemma Thorogood:
  • Fringe Festival
    Our city-wide Fringe Festival includes hundreds of events happening from Severn Beach to Hartcliffe and beyond. These events are run by partner organisations, community projects, and friends of the festival. Unfortunately we are not accepting applications for fringe events in 2017, but if you would be interested in developing an event for 2018, you can download a ‘Fringe Festival How-To’ pack here.

Food Producers

Food Connections celebrates the best produce from across the South West and beyond. Applications for market stalls are closed for 2017. If you would like more information about trading at Food Connections in 2018 please email:


The Food Trail will be back in 2018, bigger and better than ever. In 2016 we had 70 of Bristol’s best restaurants, retailers, cafes and eateries offering exclusive discounts to Food Connections supporters. If your business would like to participate in the Food Trail please email:


If you are interested in getting involved in the festival in another way, we are always on the look-out for volunteers to help during the festival. Look out on our social media channels for information about opportunities to get involved.

Join the conversation

Bristol Food Connections is about collaboration, fun and making a difference. Bristol is packed full with inspirational people working to change the way we eat. Join the conversation at our social media channels, have your say, and help us to create the UK’s first truly sustainable food city.