Bristol Food Festival 2015
This weekend Bristol saw the return of the foodie’s festival for the sixth consecutive year so I decided to take a trip to the downs and check it out; I attended on the Saturday and for once the British weather didn’t disappoint, it was a perfect day to enjoy a traditional west country cider and try some local produce, it was unquestionably the worst week to start my summer diet!
Bristol is known for its independent restaurants and produce but the festival really emphasised how much. There was something for every taste, with stalls from local people specialising in everything from biltong to mango curd, there wasn’t a food that didn’t disappoint. With food of course comes a tipple or two, my favourite drink had to go to Bramley & Gage from Thornberry for their Elderflower Liqueur. The bars comprised of an eccentric oversized Pimm’s teapot serving the summer classic, a red double decker London bus bar and a Captain Morgan’s ship to name but a few.
There were various tents including the cake & bake theatre for those with a sweet tooth, the wine and Champagne theatre and the chef’s theatre hosted by Celebrity chefs such as Tim Anderson, Ping Coombes and local royalty Jonray & Peter Sanchez from the Michelin star Casamia.
My own highlight of the Bristol Food Festival had to be the Beer and Food matching class. I found out things I would never have imagined; who knew beer and meringue would work well together! Hats off to Melissa Cole who hosted this. You don’t have to be in Bristol to enjoy all things food and drink, there are 13 foodie festivals across the country in 2015. I will certainly be saving the date for next year in Bristol.