It’s a couple of days late due to bank holiday festivities, but here’s your guide to the first foodie flurries of summer in and around Bristol, hurrah!
Scroll on down to see what fun stuff is going on, and keep an eye out for the June guide a bit earlier than usual too, as I’m planning to knock it out before my holiday rather than cake my keyboard in suncream. You’re welcome.
Bristol is in party mode this month, starting with the new Buskers Banquet from Yuup, a new food and music festival across the city, running from 8th – 29th May. Watch musicians perform at intimate gigs in some of Bristol’s best restaurants and bars, including KASK in Bedminster, Dough Heads in Easton, Cloak & Dagger on Cheltenham Road and Pizzarova on Glocuester Road. Tickets include food and entertainment and start at £30 per person. See the line-up of gigs here.
Later in the month on Sunday 22nd is the Cotham Hill Street Party, where several bars and restaurants will have stalls, and Rock Salt will be attempting to make the World’s Biggest Negroni!
There’s also Wild Beer Co’s Beer & Cheese Festival at their brewery near Shepton Mallet (shuttle buses run from Temple Meads) on Saturday 21st May and Foodies Festival returns to The Downs from 20th – 22nd May.
If you like food and films (which must be most of us), I’d recommend nabbing a ticket to see Big Night at Averys Wine Cellars on Tuesday 10th May. This film with Stanley Tucci is an iconic film about food, with lots of lush shots and scenes with decadent dishes, so make sure you eat beforehand! Tickets are £15.50 and include a drink on arrival.
If you’re looking for a fun new weekend brunch event, try out The Haus of Soul at Klosterhaus, where every Sunday you can tuck into brunch or a roast dinner while listening to a live funk and soul band.
Fancy sipping a gin cocktail in one of the grandest venues in town? You can either head to Bristol Cathedral at Night on Sat 14th from 6 – 8pm for live music, plantbased food and gin cocktails (featuring the Cathedral’s very own Chapterhouse Gin!) or Espensen Spirit’s spring gin tasting at the Cathedral on Saturday 28th from 1 – 3:30pm.
Feasts and festivities
Book yourself on to one of these tasty events…
- Sun 8th – Afternoon Tea on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, from £15
- Tue 10th – She Drinks Beer at The Good Measure
- Wed 11th – Fish & chips trip on The Matthew, £30 (trips also on 14th & 25th)
- Thu 12th – Gin cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20 (trips also on 19th & 26th)
- Thu 19th – Family sushi making night at Redcatch Community Garden, £15 – £25
- Fri 20th – Cider Cruise with Cider Box + Bristol Ferry, £33
- Fri 20th – Sun 22nd – Foodies Festival
- Fri 20th – Sat 21st – Wrington Beer Festival, £5 – £12
- Sat 21st – Wild Outdoors Day at Windmill Hill City Farm, £5
- Sat 21st – Beer & Cheese Festival at Wild Beer Co, £10
- Sat 21st – Spring Party at Vaulted Chambers Cafe
- Sun 22nd – Cotham Hill Street Party
- Sun 22nd – Yoga Brunch Club with Bushi Sushi, £50
- Thu 26th – Arbor Tap takeover & meet the brewer The Good Measure
- Fri 27th – Steak and red wine dinner at Hotel du Vin, £60
- Sun 29th – Cream tea cruise on The Matthew, £26
Classes, tours and tastings
Learn or try something new this month!
- Thu 5th – Chocolate and wine matching at Hotel du Vin, £35
- Thur 5th – The Old Bookshop gin tasting with Psychopomp, £25
- Sat 7th – The Bristol Cider Tour, £34
- Sat 7th – Rum tasting at To The Moon, £25
- Sun 8th – Sushi making at The Community Farm, from £25
- Tue 10th – Volcanic wine tasting at Cave, £30
- Wed 11th – Beer and cheese at Left Handed Giant Brewpub, £24
- Wed 11th – Vegetarian Pakistani cookery class at Coexist Community Kitchen, £35
- Thu 12th – Wine & cheese night at Two Belly with Dynamic Vines, £35
- Mon 16th – Bangladeshi cookery class at Cooking It, £35
- Wed 18th – Cookery class for Ukraine at Papadeli, £18
- Wed 18th – Sri Lankan cookery class at Coexist Community Kitchen, £35
- Thu 19th – Cheese & wine tasting at KASK, £35
- Fri 20th – Sausage making at Ruby & White, £60
- Sat 21st – The Bristol Cider Tour, £34
- Sun 22nd – Truffles and pralines class at Zara’s Chocolates, £50
- Sun 22nd – Introduction to biodynamic winegrowing at Limburn Hill, £75
- Mon 23rd – Syrian cookery class at Cooking It, £35
- Tue 24th – Volcanic wine tasting at Cave, £30
- Wed 25th – Cheese and wine matching at Hotel du Vin, £35
- Wed 25th – Wines of Italy tasting at Averys, £30
- Wed 25th – Chocolate bar moulding class at Zara’s Chocolates, £50
- Fri 27th – Averys virtual wine tasting, £60 for four bottles
- Sat 28th – Espensen Spirit Spring gin tasting at Bristol Cathedral, £35
- Tue 31st – Nigerian cookery class at St Werburghs Community Centre, £35
That’s it for this month, if you want to keep up to date with more food and drink news, you can follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook, say hi to me on Twitter or see what I’m eating on Instagram. Cheers then!
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