Bristol Food and Drink: July 2017

July starts with a BBQ-style bang – it’s Grillstock!

Top of the day, fellow food fanatics and Bristol aficionados.

I’ve spent the past few weeks trawling through food listings, press releases and obscurely-located event pages (come on guys, if you’re going to go to the trouble of putting on a great event – tell people about it!) to inform you of the tasty things happening this month.

Take a deep breath, put on your drinking boots and suck your tummy in – July is going to be BUSY…

The Headlines

First, the big news – firstly, that the shipping container food paradise that is Cargo 2 is going to be extended very soon! So we’ll have even more great local businesses to snack at, including the wonderful Lemonade (help them with their crowdfunding campaign – I want those burgers!)

cargo2 extension

There are a fair few birthdays this month, from contemporary veggie joint Flow turning 2, Strawberry Thief turning 1 under its new management, and Bristol Ferry celebrating 10 years of schlepping us around the harbour!

There are way too many exciting dinners and special events happening this month for me to summarise fully, so here are some highlights, or scroll down for the full list of July events (or check out the snazzy new calendar!)

The latest installment of Nutmeg Nights is looking gooood…

history of gin
Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin comes to Bristol before its Edinburgh run


Frickin’ hell, where to start? As well as the big hitters this month, we’ve got lots of local summer fetes, markets, street parties and garden parties. Here are a few to look out for:

  • 1st-2nd – Grillstock – BBQ, eating competitions, music (including headline sets from The Darkness & The Pharcyde) and booze. Niice. Tickets still available for both days.
  • 7th – Bristol EATS Summer Fling at Tobacco Factory – an outdoor food market with music, magic & games.
  • 7th-9th – Clifton Fest – Music & entertainment at various venues around Clifton.
  • 14th-16th – Dinema & Bristol Independents Summer Fete – several classic film screenings with a food market, as well as a weekend-long summer fete to celebrate Bristol’s buzzing indie business scene.
  • 15th – Avery’s Craft Beer Festival – 7 brewers will showcase their beers, including Arbor Ales, Moor Beer, Left Handed Giant, Wiper & True and Cannonball Ales.
  • 15th – Pork & Cider Festival at The Royal Oak – sausages, cider & music, yay!
  • 21st-23rd – Bristol Harbour Festival – one of the big events in the Bristol calendar, the festival will include maritime events, live music, food markets, circus & more.
  • 21st-23rd – Yardfest – in tandem with the Harbour Festival, Underfall Yard are doing their own party with food, live music and family-friendly entertainment.
  • 29th-31st – Upfest – Europe’s largest street art & grafitti festival, taking place on North St which will include live painting, music, food stalls & parties.
Harbour Festival4 Plaster
It’s almost time for Harbour Fest!

Classes & tastings

In the mood to learn something new, or gain some trivia for a pub quiz?

Beers galore at the Bristol Brewery Tour


Some new places to visit this month…

  • Pancake & milkshake fans, there will soon be a second branch of American diner Rocotillos on Gloucester Road!
  • New bakery The Bristol Loaf is open on Church Road in St George.
  • Japanese street fooders Tsukemono are making their debut at BS5 Market on 2 July.
  • Clifton Pantry has just opened in Clifton Village.
  • Ramen bar Sticks and Broth have opened a second branch on Stokes Croft.
  • Yakinori will soon be bringing tasty Japanese food to Park St.
  • Micro pub Snuffy Jack’s Ale House has just opened in Fishponds.
  • The Pipal Tree is now open in Easton – fresh Punjabi meals with a British twist; they also do brunch!

That’s it for this month – let me know what you get up to over on Twitter, and I’ll see you for the August guide!

Other handy guides:

Dates for the diary

(Or see the Calendar)


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