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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: 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: 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 – 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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Bristol Food & Drink: May

This post is a little later than usual, mainly due to the amazing Food Connections stealing all of my spare time!

The festival runs until the end of Saturday 7th, so grab a programme or Food Trail guide and make the most of the last few days of food frolics.

Other than that, here’s what else you can lick your chops in anticipation of this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: March

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The view from the soon-to-launch Brigstow Bar & Kitchen – nice eh?

Welcome to March! How excited are we all about the slow approach of spring?

I’m particularly excited about this month as we have some really great new places finally opening their doors (read on for more info) plus a plethora (yes, a plethora) of great dining events and boozy frolics for you to choose from.

Put on your cosiest socks and make sure you have a cuppa at the ready – here’s what you can look forward to this month…

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Bristol Food & Drink: February

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Happy February – your diet ends here at The Parlour!

After a month off I’m back with a fresh list of exciting food & drink frolics to whet your appetite for February!

January was a bit of a quiet one, although I did do my first ickle interview on the telly (talking about the Bristol food scene on Made in Bristol TV), and I also found out that people prefer their bananas yellow rather than green or brownfollow me on Twitter for more insightful polls and questions.

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Bristol: The 2015 Food & Drink Highlights!

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Just a few of the amazing events organised by Foozie – legends!

Well. WELL. If 2014 was the year that Bristol started to accelerate its food & drink scene, 2015 is the year it really hit the big time.

From the arrival of several big national chains such as MEATliquor and Wahaca to reviews from some of the best-known food critics in the land (all heaping praise on excellent locals such Birch, Bellita and Flour & Ash), Bristol has really matured into arguably the UK’s most exciting location for new & independent food & drink businesses – hurrah!

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Bristol Food & Drink: November

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Holidays are coming…
(Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/livingfortuesday/)

We’re on to the month of bonfires, fireworks and toffee apples already, madness.

However, as the weather gets nippier, now we can look forward to evenings snuggled in warm pubs sipping mulled beverages, hurrah! Get yourself cosy, here’s what you should be doing in November…

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Bristol Food & Drink: October

Bristol Cocktail Week

Following the beery mayhem of Bristol Beer Week, October sees us get all fancy and sophisticated, with the return of the rather snazzy Bristol Cocktail Week.

This month also sees more excellent pop-ups across Bristol’s bars, lots of great tasting events and some exciting Halloween parties, hurrah!

Pull up your warm socks and make yourself a cuppa – here’s what’s in store in October…

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Bristol Food & Drink: September

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I know that the sun has turned to drizzle and our sandals have switched to boots – but you seriously need to be excited about September.

Not only are all the comedy and music people returning from festivals to entertain us through autumn, but we’ve also got a fully-packed month of food events, beer festivals and general tasty hijinks – hurrah!

So put on your comfy socks and pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple – here’s what you can look forward to in September…

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Bristol Food & Drink: August

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Summer time: All the frolicking!

We’re in peak summer now – barbecues, cider festivals, Shaun the Sheep trails, the lovely sight of hot air balloons over town and pirate pub crawls in the harbour.

As well as the Intenational Balloon Fiesta to look forward to, we’ve also got lots of food events and festivals to enjoy throughout August, as well as some excellent new businesses to try out.

Ready your foldable camping chair and top up your tanning lotion – here’s how you should be spending the next few weeks…

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