The Best Boozy Events at Food Connections

Food Connections isn’t just about the food, we’re also celebrating our wonderful local brewers, distillers, mixologists and vineyards with a range of thirst-quenching, alcohol-infused events.

What better way to unwind after a busy day of sowing seeds or debating the big food issues than with a large G&T or a cold beer? Here are some of our favourite events focused around the hard stuff…

6 O’clock Gin distillery tour

Sat 16th June, 1pm, Bramley & Gage distillery, Thornbury

Enjoy a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of a working distillery just outside Bristol. You’ll be welcomed with a refreshing 6 O’clock G&T before learning the process, history, art and craftsmanship behind the award-winning 6 O’clock Gin and their award-winning range of gins, fruit liqueurs and vermouths.

See, smell, and touch the botanicals that make 6 O’clock gin so ‘strikingly smooth’, as well as sipping on plenty of samples (our favourite!). Buy your tickets here.

A celebration of beer & bread at Finzel’s Reach Market

Fri 15th June, 12pm, Finzel’s Reach Market

Head over to Finzel’s Reach street food market to explore the historic relationship between brewer and baker.

Brewers from Left Handed Giant and the team from Assembly Bakery will be joining forces to launch a brand new ‘bread beer’, which you will be able to sample, as well as find out how the beer was made. There will also be plenty of street food to choose from, and other beer and bread specialities to try.

This is a free event, but please book a ticket to reserve your place. More info here.

Finzel's Reach Market

Whisky and the senses

Tue 12th June, 5pm, Triodos Foundation Event Space

Radio 4’s Rachel McCormack is joined by Professor Barry Smith, researcher into taste, smell and the multi-sensory perception of flavour and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London’s Institute of Philosophy; and Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology and author of Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating.

Together, they will take you on a journey of discovery of how whisky is produced; the physical and psychological factors that affect its taste; and why you like some whiskies but loathe others. Tickets cost £8 and are available here.

Avery’s Summer of Wine Event

Sat 16th June, 1pm, Colston Hall

Bristol’s historic wine merchants (they celebrate 225 years of trading this year) will be taking over all three floors of the Colston Hall for the ultimate tasting experience. Come and chat to the winemakers about their wines, who have travelled from all over the world to be with us.

Take part in free masterclass sessions hosted by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, giving you the chance to learn more about wine. With over 100 wines on show, this an event you shouldn’t miss. Tickets available here.

Orchard tour & cider tasting

Sun 17th June, 3pm, Barley Wood Orchard, Wrington

Head to Barley Wood Orchard to learn all about cider and apple juice making. You will hear about the traditional methods and their antique manual press, as well as Somerset stories of apples, orchards and cider making.

The location for this event is stunning and shared with artists studios, the award-winning Ethicurean Restaurant and an organic market garden. There will also be time to enjoy a guided walk through the orchard and a tasting with different ciders, from Barley Wood traditional, to single variety small batches, to sparkling keeved cider. Tickets available here.

SS Great Britain Lates: Gin tasting

Thu 14th June, 7:30pm, Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Join Bramley & Gage for an evening of gin tasting aboard the SS Great Britain. Begin your journey through the ship with a gin and tonic in hand, before enjoying tutored tastings of Bramley & Gage’s full range of gins and fruit liquors.

Try a special Brunel Edition gin, all while exploring one of the hero engineer’s greatest creations. Delve below deck to discover fantastically-recreated spaces of the Victorian era and enjoy fine tastes as you explore the First-Class Dining Saloon. Tickets costs £22 and include samples and a glass of gin and tonic upon arrival. Buy tickets here.

Cider & cheese tasting

Wed 13th June, 7:30pm, Bristol Cider Shop at Wapping Wharf

Cider and cheese – a match made in heaven! Head to Wapping Wharf to explore what is surely the oldest and most natural food and drink pairing there is.

The Bristol Cider Shop will be picking some of their favourite ciders and local cheese expert Rosie Morgan will be choosing cheeses to match in an exploration of these two magical products. Tickets cost £25 and are limited – book yours here.

Aperitif Time

All Week (Tues – Saturday 6-7pm and Thurs – Sat 12- 1pm), Bellita, 34 Cotham Hill

Aperitifs, aperitivos or aperos – call them what you will, it’s those special drinks we take before a meal, whether it’s a glass of fizz, a Gin & Tonic or something a little bit different.

Join Bellita during Food Connections to find out all about the different aperitifs they have on offer, including a current favourite, Vermouth.

Food Connections also coincide with the publication of APERITIF written by Kate Hawkings, a co-owner of Bellita. Guests who join the team will be entered into a raffle to win one of three signed copies of the book. Head over to Bellita’s website for more information.

Wine dinner with Mateus Nicolau de Almeida

Sat 16th June, 7pm, The Forge, Colston Yard

Mateus Nicolau de Almeida, Portugal’s young winemaker of the year 2016, is in Bristol to present his wines that celebrate the diversity of the soil and climate of the Douro region of northern Portugal.

Bristol and Porto are twinned cities and have historic trade links which have been reconnected using an engineless sailing ship to get to Bristol.

This will be a very special event with Mateus introducing his wines along with a three-course dinner. Ticket are priced at £45 – this includes dinner, a welcome glass of Portuguese Fizz and a wine flight from Trans Douro Express Wines. Buy tickets here.

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