Pickled Brisket, Bristol

Bristol Food & Drink: June 2018

Mega short intro this month as there’s so much to tell you about!

The sun is here, then it isn’t, Grillstock is here, and then it isn’t…what a time to be alive. In any case, here are all the fun food events coming up this month (or check the Events Calendar if you don’t have time to read the full list)

Food Connections is here!

Bristol Food Connections

The citywide mega food festival returns from 11-17th June, and you can find events in all corners of the city.

Many events are free (including those at the festival’s city centre Food Connections Hub), or under £30. Wriggle also rounded up some of the best Food Connections events under a tenner if that helps.

Here are some of my personal favourites from this year’s events – I’d also recommend reading Natalie Brereton’s list of festival highlights! Otherwise, you can see the full programme here.

  • Mon 11th: FUTURE: FEAST (£25)
    Described as a ‘cross between Star Trek and Come Dine With Me’ – this 2hr banquet set 100 years in the future sounds immense!
  • Mon 11th: Chocolate Gala Dinner (£35)
    The official opening event of the festival, featuring several courses of chocolate-themed dishes (including sirloin & ox cheek pie with cocoa) in the old Fry’s/Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Keynsham.
  • Tue 12th: Whisky and the Senses (£8)
    Find out why whisky tastes the way it does and why you prefer some over others.
  • Tue 12th: Startup Stories (£10)
    Hear the stories behind local indie food businesses from the owners themselves, from street food vendors to food tour organisers. I’m also chairing a panel about street food at this which should be fun!


Pickled Brisket, Bristol
Get your chops around one of these bad boys at the Pickled Brisket event on Thu 14th
  • Fri 15th & Sat 16th: A Seasonal Feast (£30)
    Square Food Foundation and Bristol 24/7 have teamed up to get the next generation of Bristol chefs to cook up a tasty feast including pasta, charcuterie and more.
  • Sat 16th: TimeZone (£4)
    Eat your way around the world at this community event in Easton, featuring music, craft workshops and food from Jamaican, Indonesian and Spanish vendors. Yum.
  • Sat 16th: Portuguese Wine Dinner (£45)
    I’m so excited for this one – a traditional three-course Portuguese menu with a matched wine flight, and some Portuguese fizz to start. Plus the option of a cheese & port course to finish. Yes please!
  • Sat 16th: Food Choices Panel (Free)
    A debate around why we decide (or should) to eat or avoid animal products, featuring Gaz Oakley (Avant-Garde Vegan), Rachel de Thample and FlexiBristol.
  • Sun 14th: Ethics of Global Food Production (£14)
    A discussion around whether it’s possible to eat ethically, and whether buying local helps. Ticket includes a breakfast bap and tea or coffee)

Event Highlights

Some other exciting events coming to town this month…

  • Pop-ups at Corner 77: This new Stokes Croft venue kicks off with Tsukemono, The Ice Cream Box & Temple Mama on the first weekend of the month, with more TBC!
  • Rose and gin boat cruises (Thu 7th, £29.50) – a 2hr cruise around Bristol’s harbour, with 3 drinks included in the price – either G&Ts from Bristol Dry Gin, or rose wines selected by Corks.
  • Bottomless boozy BBQ at Steam (Sun 10th, £30) – 2hrs of unlimited sangria, prosecco or cider, along with a banquet of burgers, steaks, piri-piri chicken, veggie skewers and more!
  • Hennessy Cognac dinner at Milk Thistle (Thu 14th, £65) – an extravagant French-inspired dinner matched with a flight of cognac cocktails.
  • Avery’s Summer of Wine (Sat 16th,  £17.50) – over 100 available to taste over 3 floors of Colston Hall. I am SO there.
  • Burger Theory x Otomi collaboration (Thu 21st) – a night of Mexican-inspired burgers, tequila and Margaritas!



Classes & workshops

Learn something new this month to show off to your mates!

Gin Club


Some new faces to go and visit!



And coming soon…



That’s it for this month, stay up to date with the latest food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, see what I’m eating on Instagram, or just say hello on Twitter.

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Dates for the diary
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