Notify your appetite and tie on your apron, Bristol Food Connections is back. With events all over the city, it’s about coming together and celebrating one of the things we love most…tasty grub! 

After a year off, the festival is returning for its 2018 instalment from 11 – 17 June, when the week-long celebration of the city’s incredible food scene will see over 100 events taking place across Bristol. This year it’s centred around the theme of ‘time’ – taking in the future of food, its history, fast versus slow cuisine and other time-related events. From feasts and masterclasses to family activities and afternoon tea on the 3.15pm train to Weston-Super-Mare, Food Connections is all about leaving us with a good taste in our mouths – a positive legacy lasting long after the festival is over. You can even travel around the city with your World Food Passport, receiving a complimentary taster and stamp at certain stops. Here’s more to look out for…

Gala dinner
The Chocolate Quarter, Keynsham, Monday 11 June, 7pm
Enjoy an exquisite evening of chocolate-themed food in the historic surroundings at The Chocolate Factory. Immerse yourself in this wonderful world as chef Adrian Kirikmaa takes your taste buds on a three-course journey.

Open community iftar
Barton Hill Settlement, Wednesday 13 June, 7pm
Breaking the traditional Ramadan fast in true style with a delicious feast. Run by Bristol’s Sudanese Association, Somali Girl’s Cooking Group, Somali Kitchen and Food Without Borders, this unique iftar celebration aims to bring together people from all walks of society. Aside from the dinner, the gathering will also be hosting a couple of cooking masterclasses for teenagers and children, giving them the chance to learn the art of spice mixing and create some delicious, healthy East African food.

Community pizza party
Outdoor Barn Kitchen, Windmill Hill City Farm, Friday 15 June, 10.30am
If you’re over 55, join the children from Victoria Park Primary School for a multi-generational pizza decorating competition. Adults and children will team up to create their dough masterpieces, which will be cooked in an outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven. After the judging, sit down and eat all your delicious hard-work – you’ve earnt it!

Chinese dumpling making workshop
The Forge, Colston Yard, Friday 15 June, 6pm
Do you love Chinese dumplings? Learn how to make them from scratch at this unique workshop with expert chefs from 90 Food Lab at The Forge at Colston Yard. Learn the authentic way to make the delicious little parcels and you’ll also be making colourful wrappers, learning the art of Chinese tea and discovering the secret of delicious chilli sauce.

Stockwood Growing Together
Southern Links Children’s Centre, Saturday 16 June, 11am
A celebration of the Bristol Ageing Better project that will see generations coming together to make and share fresh food grown at the new community allotment. Run by St Monica Trust, Redcatch Community Garden and Southern Links Children’s Centre to salute and support the growing project. Take away recipe cards and mini herb boxes to grow at home.