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Announcing the arrival of Bristol Food Connections Ltd (CIC)

After a substantial period of development and reorganisation, we are pleased to be able to share an update of plans for the Bristol Food Connections festival.

Following three successful years of our city-wide food celebration, Bristol Food Network has recently taken the decision to handover administration of the festival to a new Community Interest Company, Bristol Food Connections Ltd. 

The founding Directors of the new Bristol Food Connections company will be: Martin Orbach (Non-Exec Director and founder of the Abergavenny Food Festival), Aine Morris (Bristol Food Connections, Creative Director), Barny Haughton (Non-Exec Director & Founder of Square Food Foundation) and Claire Ladkin (Non-Exec Director & Founder of Ad Hoc Projects.) Additional board members are expected to be announced in the coming months.

The Directors of Bristol Food Connections Ltd, Bristol City Council and the BBC, would like to acknowledge the time and effort that Bristol Food Network has contributed to establishing and supporting the festival during it’s formative years. The group looks forward to continuing to work together on food policy issues across the city.   

After much careful thought and deliberation, the decision has been taken by the festival partnership board, to scale back activities this year. The city-centre programme, food-trail and fringe festival will not run in 2017.

BFC Director, Martin Orbach said:

“In 2017, we look forward to delivering a streamlined programme of events, designed to gather food & farming communities from across Bristol and the South West. From Thursday 8th June-Saturday 10th June, we will be supporting the BBC Food & Farming Awards, hosting our annual festival launch party and delivering an exciting industry event, more details of which will be released soon.”  

BFC Creative Director, Aine Morris said: 

“Whilst the decision to pull the full festival programme has been a difficult one to make, this ultimately is the right choice for the new organisation. We are really excited by the energy and enthusiasm of the new project board to drive forward a festival that represents the extraordinary quality and diversity of food activities going on across the city. We will take the time to ensure we have strong foundations in place, to enable the festival to grow sustainably into the future and ensure a long-term legacy for a truly unique and inspiring whole-city offering.”

Bristol Food Connections Ltd looks forward to announcing a boutique programme of 2017 events in March.