Bristol Food & Drink – August

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It’s summer – cider I up!

We’ve reached peak summer guys! (Looks out of window at thick mist and drizzle)

Well, I’m sure the sun will return before long and we can all return to those evenings sat supping cold beer on the quayside. let’s hope, ey?

Of course you already know that August is the month where the International Balloon Fiesta comes to town, and that the Bristol Good Food Awards are now open for voting, but I’m here to tell you about all the other delicious things happening over the next few weeks.

Pour yourself another glass of that wine you found on offer in the Co-op, it’s time to decide where you’ll be munching this month…

Festivals

The first weekend in August (Fri 5th & Sat 6th) sees the arrival of the Cider & Sausage Festival (you’re already sold, right?). Expect live music, tasty sausages, and LOTS of real cider. Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door.

On Sunday 14th August you can head along to the annual Tortilla Competition at El Rincon in Southville; feel free to bring along your own Spanish tortilla to be judged, or just come along for food, music and frolics.

The end of August plays host to Bristol Beer Week, culminating in the Bristol Craft Beer Festival on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd September. There will be beer-tastic events running throughout the week, but highlights include the East Bristol Brewery Trail (I’ll see you there), a beer academic’s talk at Good Chemistry’s brewery, a beer dinner at Bishopston Supper Club and a chance to be a Brewer for a Day at Wiper & True’s brewery in St Werbughs, nice!

Dinner events

The ever-popular Bosh! are doing another Mexican feast at The Elephant House on Friday 5th, with dishes including pork pibil, chipotle chicken tacos and coconut cake, yum! Sombreros are encouraged, and tickets cost £20 for 3 courses.

The guys at Foozie are at it again and have knocked up another fantastic event this month (in addition to their usual roster of Bristol bingo with chicken wings and a rave brunch!) – on Tuesday 23rd you can pop along to Knead & Feed at Pizzarova on Gloucester Rd and learn how to make your own pizzas, drinks are also provided throughout the evening. Tickets are £20 from Foozie.

Speaking of Pizzarova – they’re giving away more of their pink cards throughout August – these magical cards entitle you to unlimited free pizza forever, yes, FOREVER. FREE PIZZA FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Keep your eyes peeled for where & when they’re giving them out!

In the mood to chomp some cheese? Head over to Small Bar on Monday 8th for their Beer & Cheese night with the Bristol Cheesemonger, tickets are a bargainous £17.50 for 4 beers and 4 paired cheeses.

Finally, end your August on a high with  a seafood feast at Brigstow Bar & Kitchen – enjoy 6 courses including lobster, crab soup & scallops that aren’t scallops (?) with one of the best views of the harbour. Tickets are just £28 too – nice!

Pop ups

Even if the heat doesn’t return outside, The Old Bookshop is bringing the tropics inside with their kitchen takeover from Izzie & Irie’s Cosy Dinners, who will be serving up zingy West Indian cuisine throughout August. There’s been a lot of buzz about their food so make sure you give it a try!

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Izzie & Irie’s Cosy Dinners, Credit: Foozie

The Hillgrove in Kingsdown will also be playing host to some spicy fare, with The Plumed Serpent – the menu will be changing weekly so you can count on some exciting Mexican treats throughout August.

Coconut Chilli will be running a ‘Hill station inspired’ small plates feast at Spoker & Stringer on 23rd & 24th, with treats including duck kofta, potato & pea croquettes and chicken biryani.

New pop up alert! Kaedama will be serving ramen goodness from Mockingbird Cafe in Clifton throughout August – they have plenty of Wriggle deals up for grab so keep a look out.

Newbies

After what feels like ages, Pasta Loco is now open on Cotham Hill, and they’re already getting rave reviews. I tried their carbonara recently and it was frickin’ lush; plus they have also converted me to the wonders of gnocchi, so make sure you pop in and try some of their fresh pasta.

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Carbonara joy, courtesy of Pasta Loco!

Another newbie worth checking out this month is Five Grains – Lebanese street food from a chilled restaurant on Baldwin St in the centre.

Many of the businesses in Wapping Wharf have now thrown their doors open to the public (welcome to Better Food Co, Mokoko and Pizzarova!) and will soon be joined by two more very hotly-anticipated businesses; first up is Wild Beer Co, who will be opening their bar & kitchen on Friday 2nd August, followed by Bertha’s Pizza later in the month.

On the subject of fine pizza, give a friendly wave across the harbour to Pi Shop, the latest business to open from the clever crew behind Michelin-starred Casamia (handily located next door) – their menu looks incredible, from classics such as the Margherita and Hawaiian (yaaay!) to more specialist pizzas, including their £30 pizza with shaved truffle.

On a sadder note, this month we’ll also be bidding farewell to one of my favourite businesses – Aron’s Jewish Deli in Redland. Make sure you pay them a visit before they close on Sunday 28th and try their epic Reuben sandwiches, latkes and cakes!

That’s it for this month, if you want some other recommendations to keep you going, how about these recently updated guides wot I did?

Dates for the diary

Bristol Food & Drink – July

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Summertiiiime!

Well, we’re post-Glastonbury,we have a new mayor, and everyone is quitting everything.

But fear not, there’s plenty to keep you in good spirits throughout July – just read on!

Here are the festivals, tasty events and new openings you can look forward to in the coming weeks…(and that’s in addition to the amazingness that is Upfest coming to the city at the end of the month, and Bristol Harbour Festival!)

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Bristol Food & Drink – June

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Well here we are in June (well, almost if you’re a keener reading this on the day I first post it – I’m off on my holidays so it’s a bit early this month!)

It’s officially half way through the year and we’re now well in to festival season; so before you become too sunburnt and dehydrated from existing solely on a diet of scrumpy and Mini Cheddars from the pub, here’s what you should be doing with the next few weeks…

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Where to get your sugar fix in Bristol

 

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We all love a sweet treat to perk up our day, reward ourselves or just because we can’t resist the temptation of a tasty-looking brownie on a cafe counter (I am the ultimate impulse cake purchaser – stop putting them so close to the till!)

Bristol has no shortage of places that will happily send you into a euphoric sugar daze – here are my recommendations, helpfully split out by craving type; you’re welcome.

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Bristol Food & Drink: April

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Spring has sprung! The cobbles of King St are once again flush with ruddy-cheeked and sunglasses-bedecked folk!

This month we’ve got a plethora (yes, a PLETHORA, folks) of beer festivals, dining events and workshops, and that’s before I even get started on telling you about all the things you should look forward to at Food Connections at the end of the month, phew.

Kick off your shoes and crack open a window, here’s where you should be drinking and dining this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: March

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The view from the soon-to-launch Brigstow Bar & Kitchen – nice eh?

Welcome to March! How excited are we all about the slow approach of spring?

I’m particularly excited about this month as we have some really great new places finally opening their doors (read on for more info) plus a plethora (yes, a plethora) of great dining events and boozy frolics for you to choose from.

Put on your cosiest socks and make sure you have a cuppa at the ready – here’s what you can look forward to this month…

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