This weekend I’ll be going to my first Love Food Festival and am really looking forward to it. Here’s some info to let you know what’s going on;
Love Food Presents ‘The Spring Festival 2011’
Brunel’s Old Station, Temple Meads, Bristol,
Saturday 26th – 10.30 – 6.00 and Sunday 27th from 11.00 – 5.00
Wow! With only a couple od days to go until The ‘Love Food Spring Festival’ things are getting very exciting. With some truly exceptional producers, chefs, teachers, writers, entertainers, organisations, artists and musicians coming together with thousands of food loving visitors to celebrate the coming of Spring, the stage is set for a brilliant weekend.
‘‘I urge you all to come along to this event, spend time with your family and friends in this beautiful venue and enjoy some of the wonderful produce we have in the West Country. It’ll be masses of fun for all ages and a great opportunity to come together as a city to be inspired and learn about many of the fantastic resources we have on our doorstep.’’
The Market will be made up of over 70 producers, it’s quite possibly the biggest indoor food market the city has ever seen, with a superb variety of produce for you to enjoy. Trealy Farm Charcuterie, Love Pattiserie, Tyntesfield House, Bristol Cider Shop and Grape & Grind are among the many names attending.
The Cookery School will play host to some fantastic chefs over the two days including Ronnie Faulkner of ‘Ronnies’, Freddie Bird of The Lido & Tom Kneale who’ll be demonstrating some great British food along with some exciting Molecular Gastronomy & some great ‘Food For Free’! Foraging recipes from Sarah Moore. Hands on classes for all ages will teach you how to make pasta, butter, cup cakes and Sushi amongst many other delicious things.
The Picnic area will be the place to rest your feet and catch up with friends and family over some gorgeous local and global street food. With Venison in the vale, Pizza Adorare, Kernow crepes, Tom’s Pies, Spice up your life and Blue Juice looking after you, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The much, loved blend of laid – back grooves will provide the perfect soundtrack whilst straw Bales and bunting will complete the scene!
The Rude Health Rants will take place on each day at 1.00pm and will make for brilliant listening with some very passionate speakers including Arthur Potts Dawson of The Peoples Supermarket, Geoff Sayers of The Well Hung Meat Co. Dr Angela Raffle of Bristol’s Food Policy Council, Phil Haughton of The Better Food Company and Sam Leach of Mark’s Bread
The Taste Theatre will host some fantastic sessions where you’ll be able to learn about pairing food and drink and taste some of the superb produce available. Orchard Pig, The Bristol Beer Factory, Trethowan’s Dairy, Bristol Cider Shop and Rude Health are some of the great names involved.
The Children’s Area is going to be magnificent with a wide range of workshops including bread making with Manna from Devon, gardening with Grow grubby, face painting and food doodling with the fantastic Anorak magazine, who will also be on the lookout for young reporters!
Love Baby and Born will be looking after the youngest visitors with free Baby Bites purees, changing facilities, a Baby Sensory palace, demonstrations, workshops and some fantastic advice about some of the wonderful services available for mums and mums to be in Bristol.
The Garden will be hosted by lovely local growers Glenholme Herbs who will be selling and advising on a huge range of culinary and medicinal herbs and salads for you to get growing with. Victory Gardens will also be on hand to advise you on Spring Planting and growing at home with their fantastic raised beds.
The ‘Love Bike’ area will provide cycling enthusiasts and complete beginners with advice, and inspiration. Hosted by the fantastic Boneshaker magazine. The Bristol Bike Project will also be on hand providing free bike checks and advice.
The Slow Food Taste Adventure room will provide a simple yet fun activity aimed at four to 10 year olds. It encourages children to think about food and takes them on an inspiring journey through five interactive zones, each with a focus on one of the five senses: taste, sight, touch, smell and sound.
The Youth Food Movement will be recruiting members to be part of a very exciting global movement, if you are passionate about food and the environment then come along and find out how you can get involved.
The Princes Trust will be represented by three new businesses, recently set up with the support of The Princes Trust Business Programme. Lorna Knapman, organiser of the event was originally supported by the Trust and has worked as an ambassador on their behalf after being awarded the ‘Enterprise of the year’ award for her success with Love Food Festival. “I am delighted to be able to offer my support to these young businesses and to promote the fantastic work of the Princes Trust”.