Thought July and August were the busiest time of year for festivals and food events? Think again!

I’ve long suspected that September is the month where it all really kicks off in Bristol, once we’re all back from our summer holidays, Glastonburys and have packed any kiddies off to school so we can drink gin in front of Judge Judy (can you tell that I’m not a parent?).

Have your Filofax at the ready and a cuppa to sip on – this month’s guide is a BEAST – skip to the end for a full list of dates & events if you can’t be arsed to read my waffle, and tell me what you get up to over on Twitter or Instagram!

Factoberfest 2019

Festivals

As I mentioned, it is a BIG month for festivals, whether you’re a beer buff, gin guzzler, coffee conoisseur or general glutton (or all four – *raises hand*).

First up is the mighty Factoberfest at Tobacco Factory from 6-8th September, featuring over 70 beers from a multitude of breweries both local and international (plus a great selection of ciders), street food, live music and more. This is one of my top events of the year – don’t miss it!

Bristol Beer Week 2014 Factoberfest

Also taking place that first weekend on Sat 7th are the fantastic Whisky Bristol Underground (unmissable if you’re a whisky fan) at The Loco Klub underneath Temple Meads, and Bristol Festival of Gin at Stoke Bishop Village Hall (me neither), as well as the MetAle Festival at The Gryphon.

A last minute addition this month is the return of Bristol Beer Week from 13th-22nd, a chance to celebrate the fantastic breweries and bars of Bristol. Keep an eye to their website or social media for the latest event announcements, but so far there’s Bristol Breweries Open Doors Day and Quiz Up in a Brewery on Sat 14th, Celebrating Women in Beer at The Good Measure on Tue 17th, Sisters are Brewing it for Themselves at Lost & Grounded Brewers on Fri 20th and the launch of The Rainbow Project 2019 at Small Bar.

Rainbow Project 2019

Speaking of beer, there are a few Oktoberfest events taking place towards the end of the month: Oktoberfest with Lost and Grounded Brewers on Sat 21st,  Anspach & Hobday Oktoberfest at Small Bar on Fri 27th. And if you’re into your Belgian beer, Moor are celebrating Zwanze Day on Sat 28th.

Other festivals to make a note of this month incude the Sausage and Cider Festival at The Passenger Shed and the Grand Pier Gin Festival on Sat 14th, the South Gloucs Food & Drink Festival that same weekend, Chandos Road Festival on Sunday 22nd, Bristol Cocktail Weekend from 27-29th (not to be confused with Bristol Cocktail Week, this is a different format and organisation altogether, with some unexpected bars taking part, as well as some noteable absentees), plus Averys Wine Festival on Saturday 28th, which will give you the chance to sample 50 wines from across the world for just £15.

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Chandos Road Festival

Also, one of the biggest food festivals in the country is from 21-22 September – it may be in Wales, but Abergavenny Food Festival has an incredible line-up of street food, producers, cracking chefs, cookery demos and expert speakers (including some familiar Bristol faces such as Elly Curshen, Fozia Ismail, Xanthe Clay, Henry Eldon from The Cauldron, Genevieve Taylor, Fiona Beckett, Freddy Bird and Josh Eggleton). I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a food-centric weekend away!

News & other top picks

Rugby fans! The brilliant Bank Tavern in the city centre will be open every Sat for breakfast during the Rugby World Cup serving up special breakfasts for the key fixtures, as will Bambalan, who are doing special brunch & beer packages throughout the tournament.

How does a build-it-yourself roast dinner sound? Tapas Roasts with Dinner by Ness are returning to Bristol Spirit every Sunday from 8th September, including plenty of vegan options!

Harts Bakery are hosting a special event about Hospitality and Mental Health on Thu 5th with a panel discussion and nibbles.

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Want to improve your food photography? Book onto NomNom SnapSnap on Saturday 21st, a food & photography tour, including food at four top Bristol businesses, and a chance to get some top tips from your tour guide Thom.

Head to Pata Negra to celebrate their 5th birthday fiesta on Fri 27th, featuring pintxos, a welcome drink, DJs and a live mariachi band for the ticket price of £15!

Finally, if you’re a Disney fan, don’t miss the Disney Bottomless Brunch at Prince Street Social on Sat 28th, where dressing up is very much encouraged!

Pata Negra 5th birthday fiesta

Dinners

There are plenty of ways to spoil yourself or that special someone this month…

Hotel du Vin Bristol anniversary dinner

Pop-ups

Get ’em before they go! Sample the Gujurati delights of Naasto Baasto at The Robin Hood on St Michael’s Hill from 3rd September, fill up on fresh pasta from Cibo Matto at Bristol Spirit throughout September, or munch on a range of tasty dishes from Mellee’s Kitchen at The Nectar House on Gloucester Road.

Hoba Kebab are now based at Kong’s of King Street, and Popti & Beast are in the kitchen at The Cadbury in Montpelier, serving up a selection of delicious dishes, burgers, roasts and more.

Casa Verde is a new vegan pop-up at No.12 Easton, headed up by former Paco Tapas chef Dave Hazell – this should be very special indeed. You’ll also find Pasta Slut back at The Love Inn on Stokes Croft once they’re back from their summer hols from 3rd October.

Hoba Kebab Bristol
Credit: Hoba Kebab

Classes & tastings

Learn something new to impress your buddies this month!

Zara's Chocolates workshop

Newbies

Get acquainted with some new places across the city…

  • Counterslip Coffee – a new coffee van in Finzels Reach
  • Oowee Vebab is now open on Picton St in Montpelier, and looks so good!
  • Another vegan opening, you can now visit Flip cafe/deli on North St in Bedminster.
  • Bodkin Bakes is a new cake shop on Old Market
  • The Cloakroom Cafe has transformed an Edwardian toilets on Park Row
Oowee Vebab
Credit: Oowee Vebab

And coming soon: BurgerBus Bristol (from the team behind Buckland Burgers), Bokman (a new Korean restaurant on Ninetree Hill), a new Spoke & Stringer is opening where Happy Bird was on Whiteladies Road, and there will be an indoor market in the former Thali space in the Tobacco Factory. Also, Woky Ko Kauto on the Triangle is reopening on Monday 9th Sept as Woky Ko: Jing Xu, serving traditional roasted meats such as glazed duck, pork belly and Char Siu pork. The Arts House on Stokes Croft is staying under same management but reopening as Caper & Cure.

Woky Ko: Jing Xu
Credit: Woky Ko

That’s it for this month, you can consult the mighty list below for an extended selection of events, and don’t forget to keep up with the latest food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook, or just say hi and tell me what you’re eating (or see what I am) over on Instagram or Twitter.

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