Did you know that Bristol Food Connections is a community interest group? Part and parcel of that is making sure that we are hosting events that are accessible to all. In fact, many of our events are free.
We want everyone to be able to be a part of our 10 day celebration. So whether you’re feeling a bit strapped for cash, or just wanting dip your toe into something new, you don’t have to fork out before you tuck in.
So here’s a list of events that prove that having fun over BFC week doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It doesn’t even have to cost anything at all.
- Garlic Scapes, What they are, & What to do with them with Josephine Boswell, daughter of The Garlic Farmer: We all love garlic (right?), but what if we’re throwing away the best part? The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight is one of the few producers that fully appreciates the flowering part of the garlic bulb, otherwise known as the scape. In this event, Josephine Boswell will spill the secrets of this unsung hero and send you home bursting with new ideas of what to do with garlic.
- No-Fuss Veggie & Vegan Meals with Elly Pear: AKA Elly Curshen. In this demo, Elly will showcase recipes from her new book, Green, all aimed towards a relaxed approach to plant-based diets.
- History of St Nick’s Walking Tour:In an informative and interesting discovery, find out the surprising facts around St Nicks social and food history.
- Cook to Connect Southmead: A series of four workshops, helping young people and children learn new skills and build relationships.
- Old City Street Party: It’s a street party, what more can I say? Come down for the music, the street food, and the all-round good vibes
- Online Cookalong with the Fuss Free Foodie: Find it hard to find the time to cook with children? This Facebook Live Cooking makes it one step easier by giving you a tutorial from your own home.
- Cook with Summer Squashes with Romy Gill:Growing up on an Indian diet, Romy Gill is used to vegetables and lentils playing the main role in meals. In this demo, Romy will show us three ways to cook with squashes to bring out their beautiful summery flavour.
- Sourdough Baking with Pistrina Sourdough Bakery: A step-by-step tutorial by Charlie Johnston, founder of Pistrina Sourdough Bakery, who will debunk the myth that sourdough is too complex for the home baker. Sounds too good to be true? Come and see for yourself.
- Foods for Better Health Workshop with Grace Ekall of Taste Makossa: Two-time breast cancer survivor, Grace Ekall, attributes much of her recovery to diet and self-care. In this workshop, Grace shares her advice on how to allow your body to care for you.
- June Based Delights with Liz Knight: How do you capture the taste of summer? Wild Food cook, Liz Knight, will tempt and tantalise your taste buds with her use of clover and other foraged meadow aromatics, in both sweet and savoury dishes.
- Valley Fest Presents: The Wake Up Rave: Welcome to the funkiest start to the weekend! Grab your lycra, or your office suit, and head to Colston Hall for a pre-work party! Complete with Yeo Valley goodies and Bowl of Plenty treats.
- Charred – Vegetarian Grilling & BBQ with Genevieve Taylor:A proud omnivore, Genevieve Taylor is here to change our definition of BBQ. In her challenge of the meat feast, Genevieve makes vegetables the new star of the show, using recipes from her new cookbook, Charred.
- The Summer Pulse: Sprouted, Milled, Fermented and Whole with Jenny Chandler & Nick Saltmarsh:Why let wintery soups and stews have all the goods? Come along and get some inspiration in using pulses in summer recipes.
- Cooking with Young Children Demo with Jo Ingleby: Celebrated Chef Jo Ingleby gives a demo on how to cook with children, fostering them good relationships with food that will continue into adulthood, and have a lot of fun while doing it.
- ‘Love Baby’ presents ‘Breastfeeding and Beyond’, in collaboration with ‘Human Milk’: In a whole day celebrating the act of breastfeeding, Colston Hall will host a mostly free day (certain events are ticketed), where guests are invited to learn the secrets of sleep and how to get their baby to do it, the rights of parents returning to work and their employers obligations, and tips and advice during the process of weaning – amongst much much more.
- Cabrito – A demo with James Whetlor: How to cook with goat, male goats. Male billy goats have been historically euthanised at birth as a by-product of the dairy industry. Cabrito’s mission is to give these animals a fuller life, before turning them into meat in a more sustainable approach to farming.
- Cooking at Home with Josh Eggleton: Owner/chef of the Michelin star Pony & Trap in Chew Manga, Josh Eggleton is here to share his top tips for home cooking.
- Hunny Cakes & Winnie-the-Pooh with Kate Young: Food writer and blogger, Kate gets her inspiration for cooking from what she reads – including the treacle tart from Harry Potter.
- Trendy Afternoon Tea with Great British Bake-Off’s Briony May:Come and see Bake Off’s warmest baker as she shares her tips for the tastiest afternoon tea – complete with cake!
- La Buena Onda: One for families, with a full day of activities in Holy Cross RC school. There will be traditional South American foods, with a selection of bars serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- A Taste of Theatre Archives: Come and investigate the University’s collection of food-related artefacts – from celebrity signed menus to 1950’s chocolate wrappers, to a slice to toast used as advertising!
- FareShare SouthWest Tours: Ever wondered how FareShare organise and distrubute the 400 tonnes of food rescued from being thrown away or otherwise wasted each year? In this warehouse tour, you’ll find out more about the world of surplus food. And if you leave feeling inspired, come to the feast by FareShare on Saturday 15th June (not a free event. Tickets are priced at £15).
- Kaleidoscope at Felix Road:Music, play, and plenty of crafts to get your senses singing!
- Big Blaise Picnic: Come and learn about food from the Blaise Museum staff. Learn about food, and collect your own that will be cooked outdoors, before enjoying a ‘past and present’ picnic. This is a free, donation based event, with a suggested amount of £2.
- Pizza and Plants in the Garden: Pond dipping, digging the garden, and collecting colourful plants to top some pizzas or create an organic salad. There’s lots to do on the beautiful garden! (Please note pizzas are sold separately to this otherwise free event).
Be warned though, many of these events have limited capacity and still require pre-registration. Some events did not even make the list as they have already SOLD OUT! So book ahead to avoid missing out!