It’s the month of bunnies, eggs, chocolate and beer festivals, what a time to be alive.

I’ll crack straight on with the good stuff, but needless to say, it’s another exciting month ahead.

If you can’t be bothered to read the full list of events, check out the Events Calendar.

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Food Connections is nearly here, hip hip hooray!

News

First up, the 2019 programme for Bristol Food Connections has been announced! As per usual, it’s an absolute beast and chocca full of some brilliant events, from talks and dinners through to trails, workshops, street parties and more. Whatever your budget, palate or preference, I guarantee you’ll find something you like the sound of. Highlights (in my opinion) include:

My good pals and part-time employers Duchess Media are also doing a supper club if any of you are keen to learn more about marketing while scoffing your face and inevitably getting wasted. And I’ve programmed a day of business events aimed at food & drink folk if you’re interested.

Speaking of festivals, 3-6th April is the 12th Oyster Festival at Source in St Nicks. Try a selection of oysters from small farms and wild creeks all over the UK, with a late opening on Fri 5th.

The Pony & Trap have a new six course Chef’s Menu with three options for diners to choose from: Vegetable, fish & Shellfish, Classic. The menus will be available Tue-Sat, with their famous roast dinners taking over on Sundays.

The brilliant Coexist Community Kitchen are fundraising for a new premises – find out more and do your bit here

There are a couple of great markets going on this month – House of Veg vegan market on Sat 13th,  and Harts Bakery Spring Market on Sat 27th. Harbour Nights street food & music also returns to the quayside outside Arnolfini every Friday, 5:30-10pm  from Fri 19th April. See a list of other markets in Bristol here.

Bristol Spirit in Easton are hosting Game of Thrones screenings every Monday from 8th April (starting with last episode of the last series). They’v got an exclusive set of the Game of Thrones whiskies in for the occasion – get a flight of four single measures for just £15, plus it’s bring your own food or take away.  

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Whisky is coming…

Easter

Some top tips for the long Easter weekend: Easter Beer Fest at The Volunteer Tavern, Bristol Whisky Appreciation Society, Good Friday Sherry Fiesta at Bar 44, Cream Tea Cruise on The Matthew, 6 O’clock Gin supper club at Riverstation, Pilton Cider Smokey Plum launch at Wild Beer Wapping Wharf, Brewery Experience at Brewhouse Bar + Kitchen.

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Dinners 

Treat yourself to something special…

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Lamb & black bean chilli at Fishponds Supper Club
  • FoodFireEarth: Greek Night, Thu 18th – a Greek-inspired feast cooked over fire by Genevieve Taylor & Jo Ingleby, £35.
  • Pub Classic Monday at The Pony & Trap, Mon 22nd – a long lunch service (12 – 3pm), with pub classics including: Ploughman’s; Ham, Egg & Chips; Sausage, Mash & Onion and a Fish & Chips with all the extras – crushed peas, tartare sauce, curry sauce, pickled cockles and pickled samphire.
  • Seasonal fondue evening at Two Belly, Tue 23rd – a fondue evening with UK cured meats, potatoes, sourdough and more, £25.
  • Bake Off vs Masterchef at Bambalan, Sun 28th –  The Great British Bake Off’s Briony Williams and MasterChef’s Dean Edwards come together to create a delicious three course dinner, £45.
  • Root x Anglo Thai, Tue 30th – John Chantarasak joins the team for a collaborative 6 course dinner, £55. Sun 28th is also the last in the series of their Vegetable Sunday Roasts.

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Workshops

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

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Master Michelin Star recipes at Cooking It
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Learn to make a cake like this at ANNA Cake Couture

Pop-ups

Some goodies coming up this month – there’s a new pop up at Steam, La Yaya. La Yaya has been setup by Paco, he is from Malaga but has been working in restaurants in Bristol for the last 6 years. His grandma taught him how to cook authentic, homemade Spanish food (hence the name la yaya, which means grandma) and he is now serving home made tapas at Steam

Bristol Spirit in Easton (or Whitehall/Redfield if you prefer, I can never decide which to say) has two belters coming up in their kitchen – veggie & hummus maestros Hummusapiens from 3-14th April, followed by Gujurati cooking by Naasto Baasto from 17th April- 29th June. 

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Hummus heaven at Bristol Spirit this month!

Newbies

Say hello to these new places…

And coming soon…

  • Two new businesses are in the pipeline from the Pasta Loco team – one new restaurant in Montpelier and a deli on St Stephens St next to Pasta Ripiena. Goody goody gumdrops!
  • BackYard Chicken is opening on the Triangle in the spot previously occupied by Cau – the menu will be based around fried & grilled chicken and use some very snazz technology.
  • FLIP is a new vegan cafe and deli opening soon on North St in Bedminster.
  • Seven Lucky Gods is a new Izakaya style bar-restaurant opening in CARGO 2 in May – expect sushi, yakitori and some damn fine cocktails.
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Open sandwich tastiness at The Nordic Cafe

That’s it for this month, exciting eh? Let me know what you end up going to over on Twitter, keep up to date with other Bristol food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, or see what I’m eating over on Instagram.

If you’re looking for other stuff to read, maybe check out my guide to Bristol’s Cosiest Pubs if the weather is crap, Best Pub Gardens if the weather is good, or Pub Crawls in Bristol if you want to get properly leathered over the long weekend.

See you next month!

Dates for the diary
(or check the Events Calendar)

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