Bristol Food & Drink: October 2017

Oh well hey there autumn, my favourite of all the seasons. 

Well we got through the hectic summer and boozy September, so now it’s time for toasty October, where we can start to load up on stodgy food in cosy pubs.

There’s the usual Oktoberfest and Halloween shenanigans going on, as well as plenty of really exciting dinner events and local festivals – so don your Lederhosen and witch’s hat, because here’s what’s in store this month…


Festivals & big deals

First up – it’s already time for Bristol Beer Week! This year’s event is from 14-21 October and will be showcasing all the best beery beverages Bristol has to offer. You can see the full list of events (more are being added as I type) on the website, but some highlights include…


In other festival news, October is Goatober, well according to Bellita and Hamilton House it is anyway, who are each hosting a goat-tastic menu on 9 October and 5 October respectively.

If you prefer your food more of the shellfish variety, Source’s annual Oyster Festival returns from 18-21st October, offering you the chance to try 12 different types of oyster from across the UK.

If you’re in the mood for a proper party, pop along to The Lansdown Ale and Music Festival on the weekend of 6-8th October, or the Sausage & Cider Festival at Southbank Club in Southville on Saturday 21st.


Not quite full yet? Round off the month with a trip to Love Food Fest at Paintworks on 29th Oct, which will have local producer & craft stalls, street food, workshops and other activities for people of all ages.


The UK has embraced the German celebration of all things hoppy in much the same way it has St Patrick’s Day – you’d think we look for any excuse to get drunk, but no, we’re just big europhiles at heart.

If you’re in the mood for drinking from a stein while you groove on down to an oompah band, you can head to Steam on Sunday 1st for their celebrations, or the mega festival at The Passenger Shed (6-7th). The Bierkeller are also getting in on the action with a party of their own from 12-13th.


Dining events

Some tasty dinners for you to sink your teeth into this month…

  • Future Plates: Seastainable Supper at Yurt Lush (Fri 6th, £52.20)
    Michelin-starred Josh Eggleton teams up with Wildscreen to create a pop-up dining experience.
  • Beastie Boys Bottomless Punch Brunch at Bristol Spirit (Sat 14th, £30)
    A selection of New York inspired brunches (vegan and gf versions available) and bottomless punch with a Beastie Boys soundtrack. (As an exciting aside, Bristol Spirit will now let you play Prosecco Pong if you ask nicely!)
  • Adventurous Eats: Fowl Fine Dining  at The Bank (Mon 16th & Mon 23rd, £40)
    Another lush 5 course meal in this cosy boozer, celebrating bird-based dishes.
  • Vela Pop-up: Indian High Tea at Hart’s Bakery (Sun 22nd, £26)
    Arushi and Ishita bring their love of home cooking to the public with six savoury and six sweet dishes as part of a traditional Indian high tea.
  • South American wine dinner at Hotel du Vin (Thu 26th, £65 inc arrival drinks)
    A four course dinner matched with wines in the gorgeous surroundings of Hotel du Vin – expect to learn a lot!


Courses & workshops

Learn something new and impress all your friends with your wordly food knowledge:

That’s it for this month – come say hello on Twitter or Instagram and tell me what you’re eating, or if you need some more inspiration, how about…

  1. Bristol’s Cosiest Pubs
  2. 12 Tasty Sunday Roasts in Bristol
  3. Bristol’s Bottomless and Boozy Brunches
  4. Bristol’s Best Date Locations

Dates for the diary
(or check the Calendar)



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