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To celebrate this year’s launch of their recipe book Hungry?, the team at innocent are hitting the road in their Hungry Grassy Van (HGV) this September to serve up a selection of healthy takeaway options from the book, with the Bristol leg of their tour taking place between September 13th and 15th… Read the rest of this entry »

Planning is well underway for Bristol’s first ever ‘Get Growing’ Trail in Bristol – an arts trail for food gardens – with over 40 groups from across the city agreeing to open their gates on the same day. On Saturday, June 11th, you’ll have the chance to visit some of the city’s food growing projects, both large and small… Read the rest of this entry »

Every so often, you see something advertised in a random place and can’t find any additional information about it anywhere online. This goes for the Big Park Street Royal Wedding Weekend, as advertised…on the back of a toilet door in The Botanist.

The photo below is all the information I have, but it looks like a great chance to bag yourself some discounts at various food and drink venues (and shops, of course) on Park Street, including Swinky Sweets, Jamie’s Italian, Park Street Cafe and The Botanist.

If I find out anything else, I’ll post details here!



If you are still in Bristol for the Easter weekend, and aren’t yet sick of chocolate by Sunday, head down to Welsh Back for the Eat Chocolate festival.

After the success of their Cheese Fest earlier this year, the lovely people at the Glassboat have decided to play host to another foodie event, with the wharf being transformed into a chocolate lovers’ paradise for the day. The event will include specialist chocolatier stalls, Bristol’s biggest Easter Egg hunt, and chocolate cocktail tasting, and kids who love animals will be able to see one day old chicks and pet the festival’s rabbits.

In addition, if you’re looking for something savoury to counteract the chocolate overdose, the Glassboat are serving a brunch menu and a Sunday roast menu all day.

The chocolate festival runs from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, April 4th on Welsh Back – for more information email, or phone Kirstie on 0117 929 0704.

Under a week to go until the Spring Festival is upon us. This time round, it’ll be held at Brunel’s Old Station, Temple Meads, on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March.

The biggest Love Food Festival to date promises a wealth of food-related goodness for those attending, including:

  • The Market: 60 stalls selling West Country food and drink
  • Picnic Area and Bar
  • Bordeaux Quay Cookery School Workshops
  • The Lively Library: talks, literature, and exchanging of ideas
  • The Den: arts, crafts, play, movement, growing, cooking and storytelling for kids
  • Therapy Area: sample treatments, natural remedies, advice & talks from local therapists
  • The Cinema: topical and informative short films for all ages
  • The Garden: a selection of culinary and medicinal herbs, plants and flowers

Attendees will be able to stock up on a variety of produce, including breads, chorizo, chocolates, olive oil, cheese and local vegetables, along with handmade Easter Eggs in time for the following weekend. For a full list of stalls, take a look at the Love Food website.

We’ll also be checking out the urban-city foraging described on the website: a walk designed to help foodies identify and find a variety of edible herbs, plants and weeds that are easily found in public areas.

Tickets for the event are only £2.50 for adults, and are free for children. With a successful history behind them, the festival organisers are guaranteed to make this a must-visit foodie experience.

A restaurant, bar, deli, cookery school, brasserie and bakery all under one roof, Bordeaux Quay is a foodie’s heaven. And a wine lovers’ heaven, for that matter.

To celebrate this fact, they’re holding a wine tasting session on Thursday, April 15th in their Wine Bar…but with a difference. According to the details on their website…

All of the guests will enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival before the fun and games begin. Over the course of the evening, participants will taste three white wines, three reds and a dessert wine, with a cheese board also included.

For every wine, three of the Bordeaux Quay team will talk about each wine. They will sit in a Call My Bluff style panel and deliver their tasting notes one by one. However, only one of them will be telling the truth, and it is up to every table to decide which of them it is and to avoid the two who are talking nonsense!

A prize will be awarded to the winning team and also the knowledge that they are top Bordeaux Quay oenologists and furthermore, the least gullible.

The event is open to 10 tables of 4 people, with costs of £100 per table. They recommend early booking, as they suspect the evening will be a popular one!

If you think you can provide the winning team (or just want to take part…), call them on 0117 9431200 or email … enjoy!

“Food taster”. Sounds like an ideal job, really, but not one that us lowly members of the public could expect to do with no training!

That’s all set to change, however, if you live in the South West.Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th June sees the return of the country’s largest agricultural show – the Royal Bath & West Show. As their website says:

“From the country’s finest livestock, over 600 trade stands, the National Cheese Awards to the UK’s biggest cider competition, there really is something for everyone – family or food lover.”

Foodie highlights of the show include the country’s biggest cheese show, cider tasting and the biggest cider competition in the country, well-stocked food halls, and competitions to find the best local produce.

These competitions are where you could potentially be involved. Traditionally, the judging of the show’s exhibits has been done by a panel of relevant experts, such as cheese and cider makers. This year, however, for the first time, a member of the public will be invited to join these experts on the tasting panel.

According to Alan Lyons, Show Manager at the Bath & West Showground:

“With the South West being renowned as a food-lovers’ paradise and with the recent resurgence of interest in local provenance, we are fully expecting to be overwhelmed by applicants. We are taking this position seriously and all applications will be properly vetted.

“We truly believe that the observations of the man or woman in the street will prove invaluable in our quest to broaden the appeal of the show to a wider audience as well as raising the profile of one of the best food halls in the South West.”

Applicants who are shortlisted for the judging position will be informed of their success in April, and will then be asked to take a range of product taste tests and demonstrate their knowledge of issues around local and seasonal produce. One successful applicant will then spend a day at the show, tasting and judging a variety of products, including meat, fruit, fruit juice and yoghurt.

If that’s not enough, the lucky member of the public will be paid expenses and given tickets to the show for four people, and will also receive payment “in kind”, with the official press release suggesting that this payment could be in the form of products exhibited at the show.

I’ve sent off my application already (not that I’m expecting to be selected!) but for all those who are keen to try their hand, the application form and further details can be found here.

Good luck! 🙂

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