Bristol Food Connections comes to Colston Hall!

The 2019 Bristol Food Connections programme is coming to the iconic music venue – Colston Hall for the first five days of this year’s 12-day festival, which begins on 12thJune 2019. Kicking off the citywide cornucopia of events the festival will open as the BBC Food and Farming Awards arrive in the city. It is a privilege to be partnering with Colston Hall to bring the Festival Hub into the city centre.

All five floors of The Colston Hall foyer will be transformed into a celebration of food from demos – with some of the top chefs in the business- to stimulating conversations, a buzzing market and delectable pop-up supper clubs to challenge the mind and tantalise the taste buds. 

Bristol Food Connections today announce the first serving of chefs, authors and events for the Festival Hub, at the centre of the fifth edition of this citywide festival. Visitors can see demos from Elly Curshen, Kate Young, Genevieve Taylor, Josh Eggleton, Briony May, James Whetlor, 91 Ways and more.

Alongside the free demos are a vibrant and diverse programme of talks and debates under the banner of ‘Brain Food’ getting people to think more consciously about what they eat; some delicious banquets providing sustenance and food for thought; and plenty to do for families. In addition, of course, to the space being an info hub, and a forum to discuss cutting-edge ideas and initiatives to create a positive food future for us all to step into.

It’s a guarantee that the food on offer will be sumptuous but you’ll be taken further than that with thought provoking suppers that spark debate. Pop-up supper clubs will offer an opportunity to discuss issues such as mental health with Coexist and Second Step, offering Food for Connection; Bristol food hero Barny Haughton will be raising money for the ‘No Child Goes Hungry’ initiative with a supper – A Tale of Two Cities: Food Wealth & Poverty in Bristol; and Poco and the Chefs’ Manifesto present an opportunity to discuss sustainability in restaurants with the Future Food Banquet

You’ll also be able to sample some of Bristol’s best street food and Colston Hall’s resident Bowl of Plenty café are creating a Bristol Bowl just for the festival.  There will also be a producer’s market, brought to you in collaboration with Love Food.

New to food businesses or if your business is heading for bigger and better things, then sign up to  one of our Business Bootcamps supported by Brunel IB, where you can learn about current trends in food tourism, get tips on how to create a top notch marketing plan, how to find and manage investment, the best way to scale up your business, and even the pros and cons of food Instagram for businesses. 

Claire Peeters, chief executive of Bristol Food Connections said: “It is truly an honour to be taking over Colston Hall for a long weekend as part of this year’s festival. All our demonstrations are free to access, and we are thrilled to welcome a whole host of cooks and chefs this year including Briony May and Elly Curshen. This year we are designing a day for parents Love Baby’ presents ‘Breastfeeding & Beyond’, in collaboration with ‘Human Milk’.

“Bristol has never shied away from vital issues such as food sustainability, accessibility to good food and supporting better food systems. The team at Food Connections have worked tirelessly to create a five-day event which brings together some of Bristol’s biggest thinkers, most acclaimed cooks and chefs as well as welcoming some amazing talent to the city for demos, debates and talks. It is also a happy and wonderful accident that so many of our demos involve a female chef or cook.

“I am passionate about giving a helping-hand to people trying to start out in food, as so many of our established food businesses started as street food or market stalls. It is an integral part of Bristol Food Connections to support entrepreneurs with our Business Bootcamps.”

The festival will be getting you up with The Wake-Up Rave – from our friends at Valley Fest and we are collaborating with St Paul’s Carnival Bristol for: Our Journey – An Edible Discovery Of Caribbean Heritage. All five floors will be alive with energy and magic that sets Bristol apart – a unique opportunity, all under one magnificent roof.”

Tickets are on sale now  –  for all Colston Hall activity including Brain Food talks and debates, supper clubs and Love Baby event plus the 70+ partner events happening across the city. You will also find dozens of free events across the city and all Colston Hall demos are FREE. 

Not only do we have the five-day programme at Colston hall and partner events across the four corners of the city but we also have Food Passports again, giving you the chance to discover some of the city’s most exciting food & drink businesses in the districts of Bedminster, Clifton and Gloucester Road.

Bringing people and good food together