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Bristol Food and Drink: October 2019

The upside to the end of summer fun times is that now we get into the season of fireplaces, thick socks and darker beers – plus tenuous excuses to eat German food and listen to oompah music – what’s not to love?

Have your calendar at the ready, here’s what you can look forward to in October…


First up, a few bits of good news! Bristol has two restaurants in the top 50 of The Good Food Guide 2020 – well done to Casamia and Wilks!

Bristol has also been shortlisted as one of the world’s best food destinations by the World Food Travel Association – see the full list here.

There will a lot of celebrating on Sunday 6th as the winners of the 2019 Crumbs Awards are announced – follow the announcements live on the Crumbs Twitter feed or see the full list of winners after the event on the Crumbs website.

Crumbs Awards
Credit: Crumbs


There are shindigs aplenty this month, starting with The Volunteer’s 8th Birthday Beerfest from 3rd-6th, St Nick’s Night Market on Friday 11th, the Source Oyster Festival from 23rd-26th, the Brandon Hill Beer Festival  from 24th-27th and a party to celebrate Cowshed’s 10th Birthday on Sunday 27th.

October is many things to many people – if you like beer it’s all about Hoptober (there are tons of beer events listed below, or read this handy round-up from Bristol Hoppers), or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be all over Choctober at Zara’s Chocolates, which includes events like Cake Decorating with Chocolate, Taste Your Way Around the WorldTalk and Tasting on Chocolate, Halloween Spooktacular and some Kids workshops.

Choctober at Zara's Chocolates
Credit: Zara’s Chocolates

A main feature this month is Oktoberfest, with events taking place across the city, including  The Grand Pierkeller in Weston on Sat 5th, the mega Oktoberfest at The Passenger Shed from 11-12th, German-style beers and bratwurst at Fierce & Noble on Fri 25th and another big Oktoberfest party at The Pennywell Project on Sat 26th October

There are also a range of German beer specials available at King Street Brew House this month, and special dishes and beers at Brewhouse & Kitchen until 8th October. The Victoria in Clifton are also combining their 4th birthday with some Oktoberfest-inspired festivities, and The Prince Street Social are doing a dog-friendly Oktoberfest event on Sun 6th.

Oktoberfest at The Passenger Shed


Treat yourself to a special evening out this month…

Bar 44 Clifton
Credit: Bar 44 Clifton


Tsukemono are returning to Bristol Spirit from the 2nd of October to the 2nd of November. In addition to their popular regular menu, they’re adding some szechuan spice for autumn!

You’ll also find Nomad Kitchen serving up Chilean dishes at The Hare on the Hill this month, and Japanese delights from Kansai Kitchen at The Good Measure on Chandos Road on Mon, Thur, Fri & Sat 18:00-21:00 – they’re still serving at The Hillgrove too, don’t worry!

Alchemy 198 on Gloucester Road will be the base for the veggie ‘Eat Me’ cafe from 2nd November. Menu items will include brunches, salads, sformato (a delicious Italian inspired tart), maple smoked tofu, vegan mayo and salad sarnies. Eat Me will compost food waste at their allotment, keep other waste to a minimum, use local produce wherever possible and avoid anything wrapped in plastic.

Tsukemono Bristol
Credit: Tsukemono

Classes and Tastings

Learn something new to impress your buddies!

El Dorado Tasting at Clockwork Rose


There are plenty of new places for you to visit this month, including:

And coming soon, Bocabar and its neighbour Le Vignoble in Finzels Reach, plus a new wine bar on North St, Kask.

That’s it for this month, let me know what you end up doing over on Twitter, or keep up to date with other food news by following A Life Less Organised on Facebook. You can also see what I’m eating over on Instagram.

Looking for somat else to read? How about…

Bristol’s Cosiest Pubs
Classy Cocktail Bars in Bristol
The Best Indian Restaurants in Bristol

Dates for the diary

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