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This weekend’s foodie events – October 2nd-3rd…

Posted on: October 1, 2010

The first weekend of October (already?!) brings with it a wealth of food and drink-related events, mostly courtesy of South Gloucestershire’s 6th ‘Taste’ Local Food & Drink Festival.

Officially kicking off today (Friday 1st), the series of events gives those in the South West a chance to explore their local area while finding out about some of the region’s food and drink producers. With 38 different events taking place over the course of the month of October, there’s something for everyone in the form of bakery, brewery and farm tours, local markets, cookery demonstrations and food festivals.

This weekend’s festivities consist of eight different events, as detailed below. For more information – and to find out what’s happening throughout the rest of the month – download the programme in PDF format here.

Saturday, October 2nd

Film Show – Food Inc.

7pm-9.30pm, Cossham Hall, Thornbury BS35 2BJ

Free entry – refreshments provided

Brewery Tour

10am-2pm, Bath Ales, Caxton Business Park, Warmley BS30 8XJ

Book in advance on 0117 947 4797

Cherry Garden Primary School – Local Food Day

12pm-3pm, Cherry Garden Lane, Bitton BS30 6JH

Shipton Mill Tours

Tours at 10am and 2pm, Lower Newnton, Tetbury GL8 8RP

Book in advance on 01666 505050

Cider Making tour

Tours at 11am and 2pm, Riddles Cider, Oldbury Lane, Thornbury BS35 1RD

Book in advance on 07877 413 298

Great Western Brewing Company Tour

12pm-3pm, tours on the hour, The Stream Bakery, Bristol Road, Hambrook BS16 1RF

Sunday, October 3rd

Biodynamic Garden Visit

2pm-5pm, Camphill Communities, Sheiling School, Park Road, Thornbury BS35 1HP

Farm Tour & Visit

2pm-5pm, Severn View Farm, Inglestone Common, Hawkesbury Upton, GL9 1BS

Booking required for tours 01454 299 236

If you don’t fancy travelling outside Bristol, head down to Welsh Back on Sunday for the next of Glassboat’s seasonal themed harbour side events. This Sunday, October 3rd the restaurant plays host to Fish Fest: “a festival of seafood and all that comes with it!”

The Glassboat restaurant itself will be offering a specially created fish-based set menu, while the river front will feature a range of traders including:

  • Bigbury Bay Oysters
  • Valley Smokehouse
  • Great Western Wine
  • Uig Smoked Salmon
  • Red Mullet
  • Bols Genever
  • Ty Gwyn Cider
  • Real Olive Company
  • Lahloo Tea
  • Masa Sushi
  • Fish in a Box
  • Arne’s Swedish Crayfish and Schnapps Stall

In addition, the afternoon will feature casting lessons from the Welshback Fishing Club, cookery demonstrations from Freddy Bird of The Lido, fish smoking demonstrations and potentially a display from Blue Reef Aquarium.

I’ll be heading down to Papadeli tonight for their “What’s In Season” feast…and tomorrow I’ll be checking out recommendations from my lovely Twitter followers on where to buy Turkish ingredients in central Bristol. On Sunday we’ll be testing out the apparently legendary Sunday lunch at the Colston Arms on St Michael’s Hill – a busy weekend all round!

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