Bristol Food & Drink: September

As we slip into autumn, September still has some sunny days, beer festivals, markets and unusual events for you to sink your teeth into.

Read on to see where you should be eating, drinking, and generally being merry this month…

Festivals and celebrations

One of the the first things to check out this month is Buskers Banquet, which returns this month with more live music in food and drink venues across the city, with venues including Tomo No Ramen, the Fierce & Noble brewery, The Scrandit and Kitchen by KASK.

Oddly, September also means Oktoberfest celebrations (as that’s when it’s celebrated in Germany), and many of Bristol’s pubs and breweries are getting in on the action! First up is the mighty Factoberfest at Tobacco Factory from 2nd – 4th September, featuring a line-up of over 60 craft beers, food stalls and live music in their massive courtyard.

Factoberfest poster

Next up is the Oktoberfest party at Lost & Grounded Brewers in Brislington on Sat 17th, where you can enjoy their excellent beers along with Dogtown sausages and pretzels, plus retro German pop and a bras band playing oompah tunes! Tickets are £5 with £1 from each ticket sale going to Caring in Bristol.

You can also join the Oktoberfest celebrations at Little Martha Brewing on 24th &25th, at The Llandoger Trow on King St from 26th, or Alpha Bottle Shop in Bedminster on Thursday 29th. If you fancy a jaunt to Bath, Bathtoberfest is on at several of the city’s pubs, breweries and bottle shops from 30th Sept until 9th October. Or if you want to get organised, get your ticket to Hoptoberfest at Propyard on 21st & 22nd October. Earlybird tickets are £35 per day, including unlimited beers and ciders, plus music.

Oktoberfest at Lost & Grounded poster

Bristol Film Festival is back this month, with a programme including special film screenings in exciting locations, plus food and drink.
– Sat 24th, The Godfather 50th anniversary screening at Averys with pizza and wine, £50
– Sun 25th, The Graduate at Clifton Observatory with gin pairing, £24
– Sun 25th, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at Clifton Observatory with gin pairings, £24

Wing Fest returns to the harbourside ampitheatre on 10th and 11th September with 20 different street food traders, restaurants and BBQ teams. Tickets are £20.

And last but by no means least, Circumstance Distillery (the sister distillery to the popular Psychopomp gin distillery) celebrate their 4th birthday this month, and are celebrating with the launch of their first whisky, which also happens to be the first made in Bristol for 80 years! Head along to try samples of the whisky, plus their other grain spirits, including a damn fine white rum, and vodka.

Circumstance birthday poster

Dinners and special events

From yoga in breweries to supper clubs and gin tasting in the nude, there’s plenty to get excited about this month…

Naked spirit tastings poster
People doing yoga in a brewery
Join Yoga Brunch Club at the Wiper & True taproom this month

Classes and tastings

Learn something new this month, whether you go to a whisky tasting or try making some Ghanian dishes at a cookery class!

Hendricks Gin Club poster
gin tasting at Psychopomp
Sample gins at Psychopomp’s distillery

New places

There are more new bars and restaurants to visit this month, plus a couple more coming soon…

  • Nomu on Whiteladies Road is now a Japanese themed bar with food pop ups, starting with Wok ‘n’ Roll in September and October
  • North Street Cheese Shop is now open, selling a range of local and continental cheeses.
  • Cor opens soon on North Street in Bedminster, headed up by Mark Chapman (who has been Executive Chef at Bravas, Gambas and Cargo Cantina for several years) and his wife Karen.
  • Gastronomy by Jon is taking over the kitchen at Dareshack from 1st September, promising a bold and exciting new menu.
Keep your eyes peeled for Cor – opening soon!

That’s it for this month, if you want to keep up to date with more Bristol food news you can follow A Life Less Organised on Facebook, or see what I’m eating on Instagram. Or just come and say hi on Twitter!

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