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2011 Love Food Spring Festival: March 26th-27th

Posted on: March 21, 2011

Join festival organiser Lorna Knapman at Brunel’s Old Station, Temple Meads on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March for Bristol’s biggest free food event of the spring: the 2011 Love Food Spring Festival

The festival will be open between 10.30am and 6pm on the Saturday, and 11am and 5pm on the Sunday, and is a free-to-attend celebration of all that Bristol and the surrounding areas have to offer to lovers of local food and drink. Lorna says, “I urge you all to come to this event, spend time with your family and friends in this beautiful venue and enjoy some of the wonderful produce we have in the West Country. It’ll be masses of fun for all ages and a great opportunity to come together as a city to be inspired and learn about many of the fantastic resources we have on our doorstep.”

This festival will be significantly larger than the regular Love Food Festivals that Lorna hosts, with a variety of separate areas guaranteed to keep you and your family/friends entertained for the weekend…

The Market will feature stalls from over 70 producers, including the likes of Tyntesfield House, the Bristol Cider Shop, Grape & Grind and Trealy Farm Charcuterie.

The Cookery School will play host to cookery demonstrations from local chefs Ronnie Faulkner, Freddy Bird and Tom Kneale, along with foraging recipes from Sarah Moore and much more.

Head to The Picnic Area for a break, and enjoy local and global street food from Venison from the Vale, Tom’s Pies, Spice Up Your Life and others, with a local bar and live music to keep you entertained.

The Rude Health Rants will take place at 1pm on both days, with “passionate food producers and famous foodies” including Sam Leach, Phil Haughton and Arthur Potts Dawson taking it in turns to take the microphone to voice their opinions on real, honest food.

In the festival’s Taste Theatre, you can join well-known local names such as Trethowan’s Dairy, Bristol Beer Factory and Orchard Pig to learn all about food and drink pairing and taste some of their locally produced wares.

Children will also be well catered for, with The Children’s Area featuring workshops including bread making, gardening and face painting, with Love Baby And Born looking after the younger members, who will get free Baby Bites purees, a changing area, a baby sensory palace, workshops, demonstrations, and advice about services available for mums and mums to be in Bristol. Children will also enjoy the Slow Food Taste Adventure room – it looks fantastic!

In addition, you’ll be able to buy fresh herbs and salads and get planting advice in The Garden, cycling enthusiasts can get tips, inspiration and free bike checks in the Love Bike area, and The Princes Trust (who Lorna was originally supported by) will be represented by three new businesses, recently set up with the support of the Princes Trust Business Programme.

I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a weekend well worth attending if you love your food. Hope to see some of you there!



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