Food Connections is all about bringing people together over good food, so we’re delighted to announce our line-up of feasts for 2016 – everything from supper clubs to cinematic dining to sumptuous banquets! Let us tickle your fancy and tantalise your tastebuds with some once-in-a-lifetime experience evenings.
Enjoy 3 courses Chez Cradock in Show Of Strength’s 5-star dinner show, Fanny & Johnnie Cradock Cook the Great American Songbook. An evening of namedropping, bickering, very dodgy Français, glorious songs, great food, and bigamy – oops sorry bags of laughter. Featuring jazz singer Kate McNab as fanny, and John Telfer (Johnnie) who currently stars as the Vicar of Ambridge in The Archers.
On Sunday 1st May, we are extremely excited to be collaborating with our friend at Eat Drink Bristol Fashion. Whilst they are taking a break from Queen’s Square this year, we have worked together to round up Bristol’s finest chefs for the Best of Bristol Banquet, a specially-curated banquet that will celebrate the best food this city has to offer, from the chefs to the farmers and growers. Featuring Tom Hunt, Co-founder of Poco and acclaimed author of The Natural Cook, Josh Eggleton, Chef Patron of the Michelin starred Pony & Trap, and Sam Leech of Birch Restaurant in Southville. Our chefs will be choosing their favourite local ingredient, and introducing us to the people behind the food they make. Tickets are £45.00 and on sale here.
On Thursday 5th May, we are supporting the Great British Asparagus Feast at Food Connections! Held at Yurt Lush, this is a six-course celebration of the short, but oh so sweet, British asparagus season. Chefs include Josh Eggleton, Jamie Randall from Bristol’s exciting new opening Adelina Yard, and Seldon Curry of Clifton’s Wallfish Bistro. A drinks flight to accompany each course is designed by Guardian drinks writer Fiona Beckett. This unique crowd-funded feast is planned and promoted by Bristol Food Connections sponsor, Pam Lloyd PR. You purchase tickets through the Crowd-funder, so every dinner ticket bought goes towards supporting this innovative seasonal food campaign. They’re 75% sold, so if Asparagus is right up your street, don’t hang around!
And, as part our Fringe Festival programme, we have feasts and banquets across the city at some of Bristol’s best eateries.
We’re really looking forward to cinematic food sensation Food Glorious Food on 1st May! The six-course Bellyful menu, is designed around the lyrics to the song of the same name. The meal will be followed by a screening of the Carol Reed’s glorious Oliver! With six courses on offer, no one will be left uttering the dreaded phrase “Please sir, I want some more.”
Travel to lands far away with Backwell Banquets: A Taste of Sri Lanka on 4th May, with Jon Lewin showcasing recipes from his book, The Locals Cookbook at Georgian country house and Bristol’s hottest new events venue Backwell House.
Finally, food-loving singletons rejoice, because Kitchen Social’s Speed Dating Cookery Class is here! Meet the love of your life over a bowlful of batter; whisk, flirt and sauté your way into love, and enjoy your culinary creations together at the end.
And if you thought that’s all the feasting we’ve got planned for you, think again!
You can also eat your way around the finest eating establishments in Bristol in your own time with our Food Trail, and accompanying Bristol Food Card. New for this year, the card is £5 + p&p and will get you access to 90 offers at some of Bristol best, including: a complimentary Psychopomp gin & tonic at The Ox, a free glass of wine with any steak at Cowshed and an extra special offer at Bell’s Diner: 3 dishes, a glass of wine, and scoop of ice cream for £15. The card will be sent to your home along with a Food Connections printed programme.