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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! 🙂

It’s amazing what Google can throw out when you’re not even looking for it. It was such a search that brought up the Lionsdrinkbellinis website – created in order to “start a series of tasting sessions for drinks you may have never tried or think you don’t like.” They make it clear that they’re not a dating agency, there’s no annual fee, and no restrictions on the types of people who can attend, the idea being to create evenings that are “fun, sociable, affordable and even a little bit educational.”

Thursday, April 8th will see Goldbrick House on Park Street playing host to the next LDB event – a cheese and wine tasting evening. Wines will be provided by Bath’s Great Western Wine, and cheeses by Trethowan’s Dairy. A cheese-only option is also available for non-drinkers and those who are driving on the night.

Tickets are only £20 per head, and must be booked in advance – no tickets will be available on the door. Details of how to book are available here. We’ll certainly be checking the website regularly – I’m waiting in particular for more details of the “Pudding Club” they have listed for May 6th!

It seems that every weekend has a new food-related event here in Bristol! We blogged before about the upcoming Love Food Festival at Paintworks on Sunday, February 14th, but we’ve now had more details.

Lorna – the festival organiser – has sent an update via Facebook to all who have said they are attending – details are below…

Hey all,

It’s the Big Day on Sunday… we are very busy putting the finishing touches to Love Food, very excited about the following things..

Afternoon tea – mini cakes and finger sandwiches (not filled with, shaped like) on beautiful vintage china.

String quartet – The Dearlove string quartet will be entertaining you during tea – lovely!

Massive and super duper local food market – Cake, chocolates, wild game, Fresh Bread, local cheese, Wine – all the things you need to have a cosy and super romantic evening of food loving..

Therapy Area – show yourself some love!

Lush food, Paella, oysters, steak sarnies, Trethowans cheese toasties…

Fraser and his chickens – Cooking up some egg-cellent dishes – get involved!

Louise and Baby Bites – hands on cooking for Mums and little ones

Amazing art exhibition – local artists exhibiting some superb food and love related work.

Very Special guest ‘The Art Tart’ aka Rose Popay will be sketching about doing wonderful portraits of you and your loved ones and holding a very special tart raffle – proceeds going to Haiti.

Valentines Bar – local beers, ciders or a Kir Royale??

Hope to see you all there

Lorna xx

Despite somewhat freezing weather, the area around the Glassboat Restaurant on Welshback was, for an afternoon, transformed into a buzzing, lively market full of stalls showing off some of the best artisan cheeses from local suppliers.

As I was approaching the venue, the first thing that greeted me – besides the happy bustle usually associated with any lively fair – was a pleasant and very familiar smell – cheese on toast! My imagination began to run wild as I joined dozens of others hoping to find something to please their taste buds.

Trethowan’s Dairy, Keens Cheddar, Papa Deli – all were displaying some of their best produce next to stalls from Bath Ales, Great Western Wine, Lido and Wayne the wood craftsman. There was something for everyone, from handmade ricotta (made by Lido) and Hafod, Welsh organic cheddar (Holden Farm dairy) to cheeses such as Vacherin Mont-d’Or & Picos Blue, and just about everything you could need to go with them.

The first thing that caught my eye was a small stall run by Angela Morris and Tim Homewood. They were offering a selection of handmade pickles and condiments alongside their homemade curd cheese called Old Demike (apparently named after one of the Pendle Witches).

As I headed towards Trethowan’s Dairy Shop stall, the busiest of them all, it became very clear just how enthusiastic some Bristolians are about their food. An elderly couple was in the middle of a very passionate discussion with Ben Ticehurst, one of Trethowan’s own, about their purchases. A large selection was on offer – Gorwydd Caerphilly (Trethowan’s signature creamy cheese), Dorstone & Ragstone (local goats cheeses) and Stichelton Blue.

For those looking to find something more unusual, the Papa Deli stall had organic honey, Membrillo (Quince paste), Queso Tetilla (a mild, soft cheese), Manchego (the most famous Spanish cheese), olives and countless other food items on display.

There was something for everyone. All of the cheeses on display looked absolutely irresistible and so I have to admit that I left the market with my fair share of them.
It was a wonderful afternoon out…despite the weather I had a great time browsing through the stalls and we certainly enjoyed the cheese platter that we had for dinner the following night!

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