Bristol Food & Drink: July

As you can expect from summer in Bristol, this month is absolutely chocca with festivals, outdoor events, boozy tastings and a bunch of new openings.

Time to crack on and tell you where to eat and drink this month (first up should be St Nick’s Night Market on Friday 1st)…

Festival time!

It’s a feast of festivals this month, starting with Cider Salon on Sat 2nd, where you can choose from over 90 ciders and get a chance to meet the producers. Tickets are £30 +bf or £40 on the door (if not sold out). The same day you can also go to World of Cider at LHG Brewpub (£20), The Grand Cider Summoning at Beard & Sable (£22) or Three Cherries Pre-Launch at Strawberry Thief (£10).

Cider Salon afterparty poster

The Bristol Cheese & Cider Festival at The Cider Box on 16th July at Cider Box is sold out, but you can head there for the free Cider Salon afterparty on Sat 2nd July, with a massive range of ciders, live music and food from Basement 17 Tacos.

Slightly further out of town is the Portishead Cider Festival on Sat 16th, and a Gin & Martini Festival in Paintworks on Sat 2nd.

Adding to the bonanza of events on Sat 2nd is a Vegan Food Festival at Left Handed Giant’s tap room in St Phillips, featuring food from a variety of businesses, and a full tap line-up of vegan beers.

Poster for LHF vegan food festival

Smoked and Uncut is a festival dedicated to food and music which takes places on Saturday 9th July just outside Bath, with a range of food stalls, bars and a music line-up including Sister Sledge, Jools Holland and Dub Pistols.

And at the start of August is the mighty Valley Fest, which takes place from 4 – 7th August next to Chew Valley Lake just outside Bristol. The line-up is an exciting mix of music (Travis, Clean Bandit, Faithles, Roni Size), family-friendly activities, workshops, chef demos and feasts with some of Bristol’s best chefs. I’ve bought my ticket to the Root & Sonny Stores feast and I can’t wait!

View of Valley Fest festival by lake
Valley Fest is back in August!

Supper clubs and special events

Treat yourself to a meal to remember.

Afternoon tea

Tours, classes and tastings

Try something new this month!

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Group doing wine tasting
Join KASK for a series of wine tastings

New places

Just a few new places this month, The Forge & Fern is about to open in a former pub in Staple Hill, Green Street is a new pop-up from the team behind Casa Verde opening at Bristol & Bath Rum Distillery on Park Street, and Little Bagel Co. is now open on Queens Road on Cliton Triangle.

filled bagel cut in half
Load up on fillings at Little Bagel Co.

Also, after a long wait, the new Wiper & True brewery and taproom opens on Friday 15th July just off Easton Road, a stone’s throw from Old Market and several other breweries in St Phillips – the East Bristol Brewery Trail will have a new stop in August!

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Celebrate with Wiper & True at their new taproom!

That’s it for this month, don’t forget to follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook if you want more food & drink news, say hi to me over on Twitter or see what I’m eating on Instagram. See you next month!

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