Market life in Bristol

Did you know that there are six different markets you can visit in Bristol during the festival week? 

Meet the city’s passionate producers, snack on some street food and dance along to local musicians – all while you do your weekly shop!

Here’s a rundown of where and when…

Vegan & Wellbeing Market – Corn Street, Monday 11th June, 10.00am – 5.00pm 

A vibrant vegan and wellbeing market at St Nicholas Market. Expect fresh produce, kombucha and ferments, plant based street food, raw cakes and chocolate, nut mylks and much more. Drop by between midday and 2pm for demos and talks from Gaz Oakley and more tbc!

Bristol Farmers’ & Producers’ Market – Corn Street, Wednesday 13th June, 9.30am – 2.30pm

A special edition of the regular Wednesday Corn Street Farmers & Producers Market, where previous winners of the BBC Food and Farming Awards will be hosting demos using produce from the market. You can find out more about our local producers and growing your own food at our Land & Growing events.

St Nick’s Night Market: Friday 15th June, 5.00pm – 10.00pm  

Join us for delicious street food from all over the globe, live music, late night shopping, DJs, Capoeira, local tipples and much more in the beautiful ?Old City.  St Nicks has been home to Bristol Markets since 1790, and on Saturday 16th June there will be a unique opportunity to learn more about its rich food history on this walking tour

Whiteladies Road Farmer’s Market: Saturday 16th June, 8.30am – 2.00pm 

Why not drop in to the Whiteladies Road Farmer’s market to grab some lunch or a coffee, pick up some of the best local produce for the weekend or a beautiful bunch of flowers. As a special for Food Connections, expect some live cooking demos.

Tobacco Factory Sunday Market: Sunday 17th June, 10.00am – 2.30pm

Head down to Southville’s Tobacco Factory on Sunday for the bustling and buzzing Sunday Market. Catch up with friends, eat some delicious food and shop for some locally made crafts.

Harbourside Market: Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th June, 11am – 4pm

The Harbourside Market’s festival-like atmosphere make it the perfect place to while away the weekend. Stretching along the covered walkway on Bordeux Quay you’l find a dizzying array of food options along with artists, makers and musicians.

Pastries at market

Why shop at markets?

Markets have been in existence for as long as humans have been trading, and for good reason.  

First-off they can help support an alternative food supply system, giving the shopper face-to-face contact with the producer. This has multiple benefits: it ensures the provenance and sustainability of the food can be accounted for; it also means the supply chain is shorter and therefore the food is likely to be fresher as well as seasonal.

Meeting the person who produced your food means that you not only find out more about it, but also pick up tips for storage and cooking.  What’s more, buying directly from producers is beneficial to the local economy.

Today’s markets are also a brilliant way to connect with your local community.  They are vibrant and fun places to hang out, meet with friends and generally soak up the atmosphere.  Sound tempting? Then get down to one (or more!) of these great markets during Bristol Food Connections week.

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