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Bristol Food Connections – win travel to Bristol with First Great Western Trains and The Bristol Parent

If you’ve never visited Bristol, or are dying to come here to see friends and family but can’t find a good deal on travel – I’ve got a great competition for you!

As part of the Bristol Food Connections festival, happening May 1-9 this year, I’m giving away a pair of standard class return tickets to Bristol, courtesy of First Great Western Trains. Basically, you can come to Bristol during the Food Connections festival, from anywhere on their network, for free! You can enter using the competition widget below.

Coming during Food Connections will be awesome – it’s going to be permeating the whole city for just over a week, including the May Bank Holiday, and there’s so much to do (and eat!). Check out this what’s on map to find out more, or download the full programme here.


Here’s what Food Connections says about itself:

Food Connections aims to change how we think about food and how we eat by ‘Bringing people and good food together’ and by celebrating the people, the produce and the projects that are putting Bristol on the map as a sustainable food capital. 

All over Bristol, dozens of individuals, groups, organisations and businesses – united by their passion for good food – will come together to stage a food event unlike any other.

The flagship food event for Bristol 2015, European Green Capital, Food Connections will comprise over 130 events all over the city divided into six themes: land and growing, wellbeing, feasting and festivities, get cooking, brain food and families.

My top three picks of things to check out would be:

The slow food menu chosen from the Ark of Taste. The list of chefs on this, and the reasoning behind the Ark of Taste, is so compelling, my curiosity is going to overwhelm me and I’ll be buying us a couple of tickets.

Um..the cider trail? You can’t really come to Bristol and not have at least one sip of cider.

I love the idea of the Eat In on May 4 as well, basically a giant pot luck lunch with decent conversation guaranteed.

Love this competition – if I didn’t live here, I’d so come here for a weekend on holiday (which I did used to do!)

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  1. Sara Sara

    I haven’t been to Bristol in years, but love the city so much. Great food to be found everywhere and even better cider 🙂

  2. janet humphrey janet humphrey

    My husband hails from Fishponds, and we love the vibe in Bristol. We are also keen foodies, so this would be a brilliant prize for us.

  3. Scott Webster Scott Webster

    Love Bristol and would love to return especially during the festival

  4. Christine Caple Christine Caple

    I visited Bristol in February and loved it. I think it would be even nicer in the warmer weather, and the food festival sounds fab!

  5. James McKenna James McKenna

    I’ve always wanted to visit Bristol, and this looks the perfect opportunity!

  6. donna l jones donna l jones

    never been to bristol

  7. Rachel Craig Rachel Craig

    I love food, enjoy eating out socially when possible.

  8. Chris Andrews Chris Andrews

    Tell me why you’d like to come to Food Connections? I love food – cooking, tasting, origins etc. And it’s been a while since we visited Bristol

  9. I have a good friend who lives in Bristol and we both love eating!

  10. Isabell Whitenstall Isabell Whitenstall

    I would love to visit Food Connections because I love trying out new foods and there seems there will be lots going on that week

  11. Laura Pritchard Laura Pritchard

    My sister in Bristol is a real foodie so would love to turn up & surprise her!

  12. Gaynor Lewis Gaynor Lewis

    My Daughter and Grandaughter live in Bristol and as we are all real foodies it would be nice to take them out for a nice treat x

  13. Maureen Moss Maureen Moss

    We have a direct train to Bristol and have been before for days out… love the city so much to see and do..The eatin on May 4th looks fun..and The Ark of Taste…but lots of Foodie things to do

  14. Lauren Old Lauren Old

    I’d love to find out some new ideas for cooking at home

  15. scarlett brannan scarlett brannan

    I’ve never been to Bristol but have visited lots of foodie events in Manchester and surrounding areas.

  16. Victoria Prince Victoria Prince

    I have never been to anything like this before, but have become much more interested in food this year and it looks really interesting and a lot of fun – not too far from home either!

  17. Allan Fullarton Allan Fullarton

    I have family in Bristol and the festival is amazing!

  18. Robby Price Robby Price

    I love food

  19. Irene Murdoch Irene Murdoch

    I would love to visit for the food event and sightseeing the area


    My son lives in Bristol so would love to visit the Festival with him .

  21. Id love to find out how to make healthier but tasty meals 🙂

  22. Ruth Harwood Ruth Harwood

    I’m hoping to widen my reportoire

  23. I love trying new things – this would be an amazing day out with my daughter 🙂 x <3

  24. Ann Williams Ann Williams

    So much more than just food tasting (and smelling and seeing) but also a chance to find out where the food really comes from. Fantastic opportunity.

  25. carrie wilson carrie wilson

    loce anything foodie related!

  26. Lynn Parry Lynn Parry

    I love food! And can visit my friend and her husband at the same time!

  27. d barratt d barratt

    love Bristol . Love food nuff said!

  28. Nancy Bradford Nancy Bradford

    I’d like to go because I’m a massive foodie and love this sort of thing.

  29. Kathryn Casbolt Kathryn Casbolt

    I love all things foodie – and a visit to Bristol would be the icing on the cake 🙂

  30. Rachel Rachel

    What a great comp!

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