Returning this year we have ‘Eat Drink Bristol Fashion’ setting up their Tipi village in Queen Square from May 1st – 18th. If you went along last year you’ll know what a treat this is for us, with great live music, tapas and spectacular fine dining.
We spoke last week with E.D.B.F’s very own Nick and Anna:
Could you briefly explain the concept of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion?
Eat Drink Bristol Fashion is the brainchild of Josh Eggleton, Michelin star chef at The Pony and Trap in Chew Magna, and Luke Hasell, organic meat farmer and founder of the not-for-profit venture ‘The Community Farm’. The festival is a collaborative project that champions sustainable food production, ethical food systems and food traceability – knowing where your food has come from. With close ties to sustainable minded organisations such as the Community Farm, the Story Group and the Pony & Trap, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion looks to promote what we call our “field to fork” vision. All this while showcasing Bristol and the South West’s abundance of quality chefs, suppliers and restaurants to the rest of the country! – Anna
We could all do with being more conscious about ethical food sourcing, is this something that you are passionate about?
Yes. Sustainability, traceability and ethical food sourcing are core values of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion both as our flagship festival and our organisation that goes by the same name. We believe that everyone should know or want to know where their food has come from but know it's not going to happen overnight. It's not about preaching, but rather making people aware as they go to events like ours that their food is all sourced from as close by as possible. If restaurants can source food from close to home, there is absolutely no reason why we can't at home too. – Nick
Could you tell us a bit more about what will be on offer over the coming weeks and perhaps a bit about the guest chefs?
One side of the Eat Drink Bristol Fashion tipi village will be transformed into a fine dining luxury experience where some of the UK’s best chefs take a turn to cook for 100 guests each night of the festival, celebrating Bristol’s high-flying food and restaurant scene.
Giving you a taste of what’s to come, Nathan Outlaw, and TV chef Valentine Warner kick off proceedings on Friday 2nd May while Josh Eggleton from The Pony & Trap keep things ship-shape and Bristol Fashion on Sunday 4th May with his signature Sunday Roast, complete with perfect Yorkshire puds and all the trimmings.
On a more casual note, the other half of the tipi village will be transformed into a tantalising Tapas Café, with dishes from a fantastic menu concocted up by Josh Eggleton, served throughout the day.
By day, (sunny days to be precise), the tipis have panoramic views of the square as the sides are lifted to create an awning. By night, the Tapas tipi has a fully licensed bar, open from 12 noon, as well as a couple of wood fires to keep you cosy in case it gets a little nippy outside. - Anna
This is the 3rd year that Eat Drink Bristol Fashion has taken place - would you want to expand the event to more locations?
First and foremost we're an event that aims to showcase the very best of Bristol's food industry and all that we think is great about our hometown. When we started out we wanted to show the rest of the country what we were doing and create a platform for collaboration amongst the industry which we think we have achieved.
We now have Yurt Lush, our cafe at Temple Meads and already take the tipis to Glastonbury and other festivals in the South West - but that's not to say we'd turn down an offer to take the best of the Bristol food on a roadshow if the right opportunity arose. If it's in an interesting space, we'd consider it. - Nick
We’ve set up some great discounted rates for the event – contact us on 0117 946 7469 and quote ‘Eat Drink Bristol Fashion’.
Posted on:: 25 April 2014 | Posted by:: Steph