Bristol Food & Drink: April

Easter is here! Credit: Alex Poulter (
Easter is here! Credit: Alex Poulter (

Welcome to April! I’m feeling in the festival spirit already, but with good reason as you’ll see once you read through what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

We all know that Bristol comes alive when the sun gets its hat on, so it’s time to start clearing your weekends for all of the music, food and arts festivals which will be arriving in the city in the next few months. But before that, here’s what you can look forward to in April (*Spoiler* – it’s a good’un).

Easter weekend frolics!

It wouldn’t be Easter weekend without a beer festival, and the one I’m most excited about has to be Beerfest at The Volunteer Tavern – running from Thursday night until Monday, the festival will kick off with a tap takeover from the magnificent Moor Beer and will see oodles of other breweries and beverages over the course of the weekend. The Steam Crane in Bedminster are also having a Beerd Brewery tap takeover on Easter weekend, and Aviator in Redland are hosting a South West beer festival.

Beerfest at The Volunteer Tavern - bunting and kegs aplenty!
Beerfest at The Volunteer Tavern – bunting and kegs aplenty!

Those of a sweet-toothed disposition should head along to Brunel Square next to the SS Great Britain over the weekend to check out Taste Chocolate Festival – featuring tastings, a cookery theatre, live music and a Prosecco bar!

To see out the long weekend in suitably fun fashion, Milk Thistle are hosting a Pirates Vs Privateers party on Sunday 5th April – tickets are £10 and include 2 cocktails, so choose your side, pick out your costume and come along for some Easter Sunday swashbuckling (whatever that is). If you prefer your evenings a bit more sedate, you can head along to their next Gin Club, or their Kentucky Derby soiree instead.

In other exciting news, the new outdoor bar at The Apple opens on Thursday 2nd April, which means you can expect to see the cobbles of Welsh Back awash with a sea of folks swilling cider until dark o’clock every day of the long weekend – The Apple’s lush ploughman’s lunches are also back for summer, yay!

Credit: Bristol Wine School
Credit: Bristol Wine School


Speaking of cheese, April seems to have stirred some dairy-cravings across town, with more cheese events than I’ve ever seen before! You can match your cheese with wine in events at Arch House Deli, Goldbrick House or Bristol Wine School, or learn how to serve and pair it at Coexist Community Kitchen on 16th April.

Love cookery classes?

I’ve already wittered on about the variety of cookery classes available across town from The Devilled Egg Academy, Little Kitchen, Bordeaux Quay and Source, but this month you can try something a bit different courtesy of Hamilton House as they host a speed dating cookery classPulled is on 10th April and for £25 in addition to the class you get a cocktail and a two course meal, as well as the potential to meet your foodie soulmate!

Ready, steady, Eat!

Eat Drink Bristol
Eat Drink Bristol will light up Queen Square from 29th April

The end of April sees the return of the tipis to Queen Square, as Eat Drink Bristol Fashion serves up another fortnight of fine dining, music and tasty tapas to the masses. The dining events will be a bit pricey for many, but the tapas menu is well worth a look – let’s hope the weather is as good as last year!

If you want to be organised, the event listings have also gone live for Food Connections, which starts on 1st May – more info on that in my May listings 😀

Dates for the Diary:

Thu 2ndIce cream alchemy class at Coexist Community Kitchen (£25)
Thu 2ndWine & Canapes at The Library
Thu 2nd-Mon 6th – Beerfest at The Volunteer Tavern
Sat 4th – Hoedown at Brewdog
Sat 4th-Sun 5thCafe Mulino pop-up in St Werburghs
Sat 4th-Sun 5thTaste Chocolate Festival
Sun 5thPirates vs Privateers party at Milk Thistle
Wed 8thTasty Tapas class at Little Kitchen
Thu 9thCheese & Wine tasting at Arch House Deli (£25)
Thu 9thGin Night at Goldbrick House (£15)
Thu 9th-Mon 13th – Beerfest at The Hope and Anchor
Fri 10thPulled: Speed dating cookery class (£25)
Sat 11thYoga & Bread Making class at Hamilton House
Sat 11thTruffle oil tasting at Arch House Deli (Free)
Tue 14thSzechuan supper tasting at Flinty Red
Wed 15thWhisky tasting at Weber & Tring’s (£25)
Wed 15thCider tasting at The Cider Shop
Wed 15thCheese & Wine tasting at Arch House Deli (£25)
Thu 16thCheese pairing and serving class at Coexist Community Kitchen (£25)
Fri 17thThai Street Food cookery class at Little Kitchen
Fri 17th – Sunny Republic tap takeover at Beer Emporium
Sun 19th – Celebration of spring lamb at Bell’s Diner (£30 for 3 courses)
Wed 22ndCheese & Wine night at Goldbrick House (£25)
Thu 23rdGin and tonic tasting at Bristol Wine School
Wed 29th – Launch of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion
Thu 30thGin Club at Milk Thistle
Thu 30thSpring in Tuscany cookery class at Papadeli
Thu 30thCheese & wine tasting at Bristol Wine School

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