Bristol Food & Drink: May 2018

So I’ve looked at my calendar, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be home much over the next 4 months, because alllll of the fun events are coming to town this summer.

It’s looking particularly exciting this month, with a variety of bank holiday frolics and quirky events going on right up until the end of May.

Strap in, here’s where you’ll be eating and drinking this month…

(If you’re short on time, check the Events Calendar)

Event Highlights

One of my absolute faves takes place over the first May Bank Holiday weekend – the East Bristol Brewery Trail! Stroll between 5 of Bristol’s greatest breweries in St Phillips and Easton to try a selection of special beers, street food and meet the brewers themselves. It’s always a great laugh, so strongly recommended.

That weekend also plays host to Crush Wine Weekend, at series of events at bars & restaurants across the city, including wine tastings and talks, wine & food pairings and even a wine cycle tour!


Other festivals coming to the city this month include Foodies Festival on Durdham Down from 11-13th, Beerfest in Millennium Sq from 18-20th, and the Gin Festival from 25-26th, plus the return of the might Vegfest, which will be taking place at Ashton Gate Stadium and boasts a huge programme of veg-tastic talks, dinners (including a vegan restaurant and pizzeria) and a huge market of 230 stalls.

You can also get in the party mood at the Summer Brewhouse Sesssion at Lost & Grounded‘s brewery in Brislington on Sat 19th, with DJs, beer and a guest bar from Espensen Spirit.

Brewhouse Sesh

As if all that weren’t enough, another of my favourites is coming to the city in early June – Bristol Food Connections has announced its programme and it is nothing short of brilliant. They recently posted a Programme Highlights blog, but here are a few faves of my own (which I’ll be booking as soon as I get paid):

Food Connections is baaack! (Image credit: Food Connections)

Food News

Just a few exciting bits I’ve heard on the grapevine…

The Arnolfini Café has extended its opening hours to include an evening menu with head chef Iza Palicka serving up a menu of comfort foods. A perfect harbourside spot for when the evenings get a bit warmer and lighter! They’re also launching a new weekly street food market on their terrace every Friday, lovely stuff.

harbour nights

Boston Tea Party have banned disposable cups – hurrah! It’s a brave move, as plenty of Bristol businesses already offer discounts to those using re-usable cups, but banning disposables altogether, way to go BTP!

Bristol Eats are bringing their excellent street food parties back to Tobacco Factory, with the first one of summer taking place on Friday 11th May, featuring plenty of great food vendors, music and a tap takeover from New Bristol Brewery!


Eat your way around Wapping Wharf on Wriggle’s self-led Food Trail – every weekend in May.

Pi Shop have revamped their menu to include a new pizza tasting experience, based on two people sharing. This menu (£29pp) will include a charcuterie & cheese board, olives, three tasting-sized pizzas from the Classics or Speciality menus (and they all look damn fine – I’m going next week so look out for pics), salad, dip and ice cream to finish. 



Some exciting dining experiences to book onto this month…



Courses & Workshops

Learn something new to impress your mates…



Some new faces to visit across town…

  • Pasta Ripiena is now open (good luck getting a booking before September).
  • Pintxo is a new tapas bar opening on Whiteladies Rd.
  • Pizzarova are opening a new branch soon on Park St.
  • Gambas is bringing tapas to Wapping Wharf soon (in what was Spuntino).
  • Bristol Vegan & Wellness Market is now on every Monday from 10am-5pm.
  • Corner 77 is open on Stokes Croft and aims to host a changing selection of street food and pop-ups.
  • Eat Your Greens is a new vegan cafe open on Wells rd (the roasts look GOOD)
  • Convoy Espresso is serving coffee & snacks to the patrons of Paintworks.
Strawberry & blueberry vegan milkshake at Eat Your Greens

That’s it for this month, you can keep up to date with other food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, see what I’m eating on Instagram, or just come say hi on Twitter.

If you want something else to read…

Dates for the Diary
(or just check the Events Calendar)

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