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Bristol-based Shonette Laffy is a regular blogger on lifestyle and the food scene in the region

Bristol Food & Drink: May 2018

So I’ve looked at my calendar, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be home much over the next 4 months, because alllll of the fun events are coming to town this summer.

It’s looking particularly exciting this month, with a variety of bank holiday frolics and quirky events going on right up until the end of May.

Strap in, here’s where you’ll be eating and drinking this month…

(If you’re short on time, check the Events Calendar)

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Bristol Food & Drink: April 2018

There’s lots to get through this month, and to think we’re not even in the summer months yet! There are still all the festivals to look forward to (Vegfest in May, and Food Connections & Grillstock in June to name just three), but let’s focus on April for now.

Without further ado, here’s what you could (and should) be eating this month…

(if you haven’t got time to read this monster guide, check out the Events Calendar instead)

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Bristol Food & Drink: March 2018

Is it still winter? Or spring? Who knows, whatever season it is, there are plenty of tasty events to look forward to over the coming weeks.

I’ve split them into the bigger foodie events & festivals, dinners, courses, pop-ups and new launches, but feel free to just skip to the Events Calendar if you want a general overview.

Here’s what to look forward to in March…

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Bristol Food & Drink: February 2018

Welcome to the month of lurrve, or bottomless booze, or brunch. Whatever you decide, February is something to everyone this year.

There’s tons to get through so I’ll keep the waffling to a minimum, but it’s safe to say that this month is looking fairly stupendous. See you on the other side…

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Bristol Food & Drink: January 2018

And just like that, we’re into 2018!

2017 was a bumper year for food in Bristol (as you can see in my 2017 Highlights post) and now it’s time to look forward to a whole new year of munching.

Whether you’re on or off the booze this month, this is what January has in store…

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Bristol Food & Drink: The 2017 Highlights!

The new year is nigh! We’ve been through another busy few months, where Bristol has firmly cemented itself as a food destination to rival even London.

There have been many gushing reviews from esteemed critics, awards and new places. There have also been the inevitable closures – but more on that later.

I’ve tried to round up some of the key Bristol food & drink moments of 2017, as well as asking some locals for their munching highlights of the year.  Strap in, here are the best bits of what we ate in the year 2017…

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Bristol Food & Drink: December 2017

Welcome to winter proper! I hope even the grinches among you are enjoying the sparkly lights, warm drinks and bumper-sized Christmas sarnies that make this month extra exciting.

Here’s my guide to all the tasty things happening in December,make sure you also check out my Bristol Foodie Gift List and guide to Bristol’s Winter Warmer Drinks – both very handy too!

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Bristol Food & Drink: November 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly, for ’tis mulling season! Regular readers will know how much I love a mulled beverage, and that combined with my preference for animal-patterned jumpers means that we’re now firmly ensconced in my favourite time of the year.

It’s an epic list ahead, so feel free to skip to the event list at the bottom (or the calendar if easier), but I’m excited to tell you all about the dinners, special events and new places coming to Bristol this month.

Get cosy under your dinosaur blankie (just me?), here’s what’s going down in November…

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Source: Wapping Wharf

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Bristol Food & Drink: October 2017

Oh well hey there autumn, my favourite of all the seasons. 

Well we got through the hectic summer and boozy September, so now it’s time for toasty October, where we can start to load up on stodgy food in cosy pubs.

There’s the usual Oktoberfest and Halloween shenanigans going on, as well as plenty of really exciting dinner events and local festivals – so don your Lederhosen and witch’s hat, because here’s what’s in store this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: September 2017

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Well as summer begins to limp off into the distance, you could be forgiven for thinking the festivals and frolics would fade with it – but no! September is possibly even boozier than July & August combined.

It’s a great time for celebrating, as Bristol nabbed SEVEN new entries in the Good Food Guide, so pick a few places to raise a toast this month!

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Bristol Food & Drink: August 2017

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Ahh, summer in Bristol! (Credit: The_Real_Clem, via Twitter)

For those of you who aren’t already fanning yourself on a beach in Bodrum or Bude, here’s your latest guide to what tasty goings-on you can look forward to this month.

Bristol isn’t just about the Balloon Fiesta in August (although I do bloody love watching the balloons), there’s also a heap of festivals, pop-ups and new places for you to visit.

Slip on your flipfops and pack a cagoule, this is where you should be munching over the next four weeks…

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Bristol Food and Drink: July 2017

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July starts with a BBQ-style bang – it’s Grillstock!

Top of the day, fellow food fanatics and Bristol aficionados.

I’ve spent the past few weeks trawling through food listings, press releases and obscurely-located event pages (come on guys, if you’re going to go to the trouble of putting on a great event – tell people about it!) to inform you of the tasty things happening this month.

Take a deep breath, put on your drinking boots and suck your tummy in – July is going to be BUSY…

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Bristol Food & Drink: June 2017

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Dining in the sunshine at Cargo 2 – laaavly.

Ignore the wind and rain – June’s here, I promise!

Despite a bit of a dreary start to my favourite month (it’s my birthday month, and usually the beginning of BBQ season, woop), there are still plenty of food-tastic events to be excited about, whether you want to booze it up, learn a new skill or visit the latest restaurant.

Pack your cagoule and sun cream, it’s time to jump into June…

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Bristol Food & Drink: April 2017

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The sun is back, and that can only mean one thing: al fresco drinking!

The daffodils are coating every grassy area of town from Castle Park to The Downs, and the temperature is steadily rising…so I think it’s safe to say that we can start looking forward to long days of sitting on quaysides after work with a cold beverage in hand. Hurrah!

Get your questionable summer shirts on and prepare to type up your ‘out of the office’ for the 4 day weekend – it’s time to hear what tasty things are happening in April…

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Bristol Food & Drink: March 2017

 

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Dinner with a view, courtesy of Bristol in the Sky

The days are getting brighter and longer, and with it come more events and new launches, hurrah!

Between the joys of spring, the Six Nations, St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day, March is looking BUSY. Have a Sharpie at the ready next to your Filofax, here’s where you should be munching this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: February 2017

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Funtime coocktails at the newly-opened Bristol Spirit

Calm yourselves, in the midst of this misty and chaotic start to the year, we also have lots of exciting events to look forward to.

It’s not quite time for Cargo 2 to open, or for the spring festivals, but there’s still plenty to get giddy about. Have your calendars at the ready – it’s time to make notes for February…

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Bristol Food & Drink – January 2017

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Welcome to 2017!

Just a quick January round up, seeing as we’re all broke and trying to stay indoors away from the frost (although I have to say that the pubs are no less busy – good on you, Bristol!)

Here’s a nifty summary of what you can munch and slurp your way through this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: The 2016 Highlights!

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Welcome to highlights of the year – in this bumper post I’ll be rounding up some of the biggest events, launches, trends and general food & drink happenings this year, with some highlights from various Bristol food fans dotted throughout too, because we all love a bit of nostalgia, don’t we?

Let me know what your highlights were this year on Twitter, using the hashtag #Bristolhighlights, and I’ll add them to this list as they come in 🙂

Without further ado, here’s the best of what we ate and drank in Bristol in 2016…

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Bristol Food & Drink: November

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The pavement is crispy with leaves, and the air is frosty and smokey from bonfires – but it’s not time to hibernate yet, instead it’s time for bonfires, mulled beverages, autumnal feasts and, err, pizza festivals.

Chuck another log on the wood burner, it’s time to hear about what you’ll be doing this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink – October

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Autumn is drifting in across the city, but events-wise Bristol is still as busy as ever!

The main headlines might be the return of Bristol Cocktail Week, Oktoberfest frolics and the mighty Rumageddon, but there’s plenty of other tasty shenanigans going on.

Start your stretches and warm-ups now – October is going to be a busy one…

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Bristol Food & Drink: September

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91 Way supper club. Credit: Foozie

Well we can breathe a sigh of relief, as the major festivals have been and gone, the sweatiest days are behind us, and we’ve only got 10 weeks until the Christmas market rocks up (!)

There’s still no shortage of munchy things to do this month though, so sharpen your pencils and hunch over your diary – here’s what September has in store…

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Bristol Food & Drink – August

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It’s summer – cider I up!

We’ve reached peak summer guys! (Looks out of window at thick mist and drizzle)

Well, I’m sure the sun will return before long and we can all return to those evenings sat supping cold beer on the quayside. let’s hope, ey?

Of course you already know that August is the month where the International Balloon Fiesta comes to town, and that the Bristol Good Food Awards are now open for voting, but I’m here to tell you about all the other delicious things happening over the next few weeks.

Pour yourself another glass of that wine you found on offer in the Co-op, it’s time to decide where you’ll be munching this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink – July

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Summertiiiime!

Well, we’re post-Glastonbury,we have a new mayor, and everyone is quitting everything.

But fear not, there’s plenty to keep you in good spirits throughout July – just read on!

Here are the festivals, tasty events and new openings you can look forward to in the coming weeks…(and that’s in addition to the amazingness that is Upfest coming to the city at the end of the month, and Bristol Harbour Festival!)

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