The Fringe Festival in full swing!

After a city centre extravaganza at the weekend, The Fringe Festival is now well and truly in full swing, showcasing the city’s greatest chefs, restaurants and food organisations. Please join us in celebrating them, by enjoying the wealth of one-off events they’re hosting this week as part of Food Connections: from coffee raves to honey tastings to story nights, plus talks and workshops on a whole host of subjects!


Here’s our edit of the week’s top fringe events. To see our full programme please head here.

Thursday 5th May

7:00am – 10:00am
Start your day right with the Tropical Coffee Rave, a coffee-fuelled knees-up to the sun-soaked sounds of the Caribbean. What started as a one-off during Bristol Food Connections Festival last year is becoming a much anticipated quarterly fix for Bristolians who know a thing or two about good coffee and fun at sunrise.

3:00pm – 7:00pm
The Food Jam is heading to Hartcliffe inviting everyone in the community to “make something to eat whilst moving your feet to the beat”. Join your family, friends and neighbours at HHEAG for an afternoon of choppin’ and boppin’ whilst making soups & smoothies.

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wine Fair – The West Comes to Town!  Meet the South West growers and vintners and taste some of the best English wines produced in this country, whilst sampling locally produced cheese and charcuterie to compliment your drinking.

6:30pm – 9:00pm
Seasonal Feast at Flow
Flow, a seasonal vegetarian restaurant, will be further sharpening its focus on local, sustainable food with a special one off tasting menu.  With the humble vegetable taking centre stage one star ingredient will feature in every course – but what will be it?

9:30am – 6:00pm
Going for Gold? Bristol’s Good Food Conference 2016
We invite Bristol’s businesses, organisations and activists from across the city to celebrate Bristol’s recent Sustainable Food City Award at ‘Silver’ level and to explore how we can now ‘Go for Gold’.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Urban Food Trail Guided Walk will take you on the trail of food growing beds across the city, finishing at the new Grow Bristol Aquaponics site, where the new beehive is located.

Friday 6th May

If you’re in the Old Market area, The Food Jam is heading your way Friday afternoon from 3pm – taking surplus food, and inviting you and yours to make something sweet to eat, while you move your feet to the beat!

And, we’re excited to say that in the evening, BEATS are bringing The Night Market back to the Tobacco Factory. Don’t miss their first market of the year!

Saturday 7th May

Saturday is the last day of Food Connections and there’s so much on! We’ve got drop-in feasts, community garden days, charity events, and amazing banquets and tastings to end this year’s festival on a high note! Here are just a few of the events on, but go here for more!

8:00am onwards
Breakfast in Bedminster
Join the Bedminster trail for a bunch of brunch-related activities, chef collaborations and deals – with free tea and coffee for anyone wearing pyjamas!

10:00am – 5:00pm
Gloucester Road Central Mayfest
A traditional street festival, Mayfest features shops, community groups, cafes and restaurants spilling out on to the wide pavements, and welcoming the Summer! Don’t miss the procession of Jack in the Green at 3:30pm.

11:00am – 1:00pm
Brandon Hill Foraging Walk
See an iconic Bristol landmark with fresh eyes with Go Foraging’s Martin Bailey. He will show you the abundance of food in Bristol’s green spaces, what to take, and what to leave; he’ll also be providing foraged drinks during the walk.

12:00pm – 5:00pm
Growing with Nature
This event will celebrate how land based growing projects can support health and well-being. With a range of interactive workshops to inspire you, kids activities, fresh food from the plots, cafe and live music to entertain.

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Hindu Temple
For this wonderful event Hindu Temple in St George’s is throwing open its doors, inviting Bristol people to come and share a free meal. The temple will be sharing some of the most delicious home cooking that Bristol’s Hindu community has to offer, giving a community the chance to get together, and offering information on Hindu culture and philosophy.

6:00pm – 10:00pm
Art for Africa
Get yourself down to Temwa’s annual art sale for a chance to pick up a gem: everything from classical oil paintings to stencilled skate decks. Profits will go towards Temwa’s conversation projects in Malawi, addressing food insecurity and poverty amongst other major challenges. It’s free entry, with donations accepted on the door.

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