The first few days of the Food Connections Festival certainly didn’t disappoint, regardless of the rains attempt to dampen spirits, no pun intended.
Spike Island’s Open Studios provided a fascinating insight into a building that I’ve known about for years, but never quite understood exactly what the building is used for. Members of the public were invited to look around artist’s working spaces where there were loads of beautiful pieces of art on show and also see the print screening studio and the prints that can be created. The studios are accessed via corridors that reminded me of a rabbit warren that encouraged you innocently in, but didn’t warn you that you may get so entangled that you lose track of time. Thankfully for me, Big O Donuts were on hand on the first floor to offer some very naughty treats as well as tea and coffee. As if we needed an excuse!
Our stroll into town took us next to Millenium Square where local producers had gathered offering their creations for all to try. There were some more usual characters to say hi to, including Fresh Range, Godminster Cheese and Charcuterie as well as undoubtedly the best chocolate I have ever tried from Adam’s Chocolate. Bradley & Gage’s stand offered some great gin tastings, and consequently I am now the proud owner of two large bottles of 6 O’Clock Gin.
College Green was hosting some very interesting talks as well as a street food market with appearances from Burger Theory, The little Taqueria and Tincan Coffee.
All in all, a fantastic weekend – bring on week two!
Much like the first week of the Food Connections festival, the second did not disappoint. With so many events on offer, it was hard to drag myself away and make it into the office for work!
Pata Negra hosted a hilarious game of Bingo Wings, a combination of tasty chicken wings and bristolian lingo-bingo. Phrases such as ‘Cheers Drive’ and ‘Alright me Babber’ made a regular appearance.
BEATS returned to the Tobacco Factory on the Saturday night, hosting a night of delicious street food, music, artists and performers. It took me about 20 minutes to pick which stall I would eat at, and finally settled on Gopals Curry Shack eating Samosa Chaat and vegetable masala. B-e-a-u-t-iful!
Saturday morning offered an innovative and very creative take on Breakfast in BEDminster, with Josh Eggleton of The Pony and Trap serving up a three-course breakfast to diners who were snuggled up in their pyjamas in bed, at Kustom Floors. Diners were welcomed with English sparkling wine before being treated to Scrambled Eggs with Chew Valley smoked salmon, followed by potato and onion hash with sirloin steak and then pancake with blueberry compote, honey and mascarpone.
Saturday afternoon, I went on a tour around the gems of Easton, hosted by Shonette from A Life Less Organised. More to follow on that shortly!