Food Connections

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In its third year, Food Connections wants to bring people together to connect them with the food we buy, cook and eat. Expect to try food and drink from across the world at city centre locations, including College Green.

Produced in partnership with Bristol City Council, the BBC and Great Western Railway (GWR), Food Connections aims to connect people to all aspects of their food. From how and where it was grown, to who served it, how it tastes, how it makes us feel and the way it brings communities together.

In the city centre, College Green will be transformed into a hub of festival activity, with something for everyone. The ‘Brain Food’ programme kicks off with the BBC Food & Farming Awards on April 28th, and runs until the evening of Monday 2nd May.

The stunning main venue will hold debates on topics such as: ‘What makes a great restaurant?’ With Bristol Lido’s Freddy Bird, Financial Times food writer Tim Hayward and theTelegraph’s Xanthe Clay. The Shadow Environment Secretary, Kerry McCarthy MP, plus a very special guest will debate the future of the food we throw away,

Practical tasting workshops will focus the revolution taking place with British craft food producers. British Charcuterie – with James Swift, Founder of Trealy Farm Charcuterie & Llyr Dunsford of The Charcutier, a Heston Blumenthal Young British Artisan. Trethowan’s Dairy brings Cheese School to Food Connections, with a British cheese & beer-matching workshop.

Performances will take centre stage during the evenings and visitors won’t want to miss Hammer & Tongue’s food-themed spoken word poetry slam – Bristol’s best wordsmiths throw it down for good food, and Food Porn – a new stand-up comedy show of exploding smells & gastronomic escapades.

The Travelling Barn is the venue where visitors can get their hands dirty with celebrity chefs from Bristol and beyond – such as Olia Hercules author of Mamushka; Elly Curshen of Pear Café fame, Rosie Birkett of A Lot on Her Plate blog, Tom Hunt of Poco, Tim Hayward, Mitch Tonks of Spiny Lobster and Romy Gill of Romy’s Kitchen.

All cooking demos are free and open to everyone. During the evening, the venue will be hosting live-music from some of Bristol’s best-loved bands and visitors can enjoy the street-food village & bar.

The Edible Education Yurt will host foraging master-classes, fermenting workshops & compost teas. New to the festival this year, this is an intimate space to learn practical new skills from the experts.

The best street food producers from across the South West will come together to create 3 days of ‘Street Food Central’. And in collaboration with Casus Events, Food Connections welcomes the Producers’ Market back to Millennium & Anchor Square. From chutneys to charcuterie, cheese to beer, visitors will be able to shop until they drop from the region’s best food producers.

There is plenty for the little ones as well. From the Riverford worm-dig, bubble blowers & food themed story telling on College Green, to the mini-chefs competition at Hamilton House Community Kitchen & Windmill Hill city-farms edible growing for beginners.

The Food Connections fringe festival is what makes this event unique. Hundreds of events across the city help people of all ages connect with good food.

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