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What’s going on at Bristol Food Connections for families?

Hopefully, you’ll have seen the flyers, and the maps for Bristol Food Connections in some of your favourite restaurants and coffee shops already.  If you grab the map, you can send off for your Food Connections Card, which opens up a massive amount of very tasty money off offers on a lot of very tasty places to eat and drink. It’s well worth doing.

But, that’s not all Bristol Food Connections is. There’s an extensive programme of events centred around making, growing, baking, eating and enjoying. I’ve picked out my favourite family events with kids of all ages. Have a look.

Food Connections 2015. Photo by Adam Gasson /
Food Connections 2015.
Photo by Adam Gasson /

Free events

Saturday 30th April

Cooking with Kids with Jo Ingleby – 11am – 12pm in the Travelling Barn (College Green)

Jo Ingleby, winner of the BBC Food and Farming Awards Cook of the Year 2015, and Bristol native, is coming to Food Connections to demonstrate how to cook with kids! 

Jo will be using seasonal produce in recipes which encourage children to do most of the work. Jo’s experience leading the Food Project at Redcliffe Children’s Centre means that she has lots of tips and ideas to share to help children cook and eat more! At the centre, Jo cooks lunch for the centre’s 120 children, all aged 2-4, and co-ordinates the Food Project-Young Children’s Experimental Cookery.


The Travelling Kitchen

12.30 Riverford Yurt College Green – children aged 8-12

Come one, come all to the Travelling Kitchen and join us as we embark on a culinary historical journey from Tudor times, right through to the Twentieth Century.

We’ll explore how Bristol’s trading history, and more recently how immigration to Bristol influenced the foods our ancestors ate and the food we eat today.

Along the way children will learn bread making and pastry making techniques and basic knife skills. At the end of the workshop children will take away recipe cards for the dishes they have made and a picnic bag of dishes they have cooked to share with their family and friends.


Sunday 1st May

The Noise – 2.30pm – 4.30 Brentry Primary School, Brentry Ln, Bristol BS10 6RG

Come along to The Noise –  a fun filled family afternoon at Brentry School.

As well as bouncy castles and inflatable games, face painting, a craft zone, a café area, and an all afternoon roadshow there will be FREE food for all.

The members of Branch Community Church will be cooking up fresh, healthy food and providing the recipes so that you can then make them again at home.

Kids and Food is an organisation founded by Glyn Owen and run on his infectious enthusiasm for healthy eating.


Bank holiday Monday 2nd May

Dragonbird Theatre

DragonBird are performing twice on Monday the 2nd: once in the Orangery at 11am, and again in the Riverford Yurt at 2pm. Both sessions are 45 mins.

DragonBird Theatre invites you to come on a magical journey. Watch their short show then step into a world full of interactive adventure.  Expect giant nets, silky rivers, songs, dressing up and of course their best friends, Dragon and Bird.

At Food Connections 2016, come and find out How The Elephant Got Its Trunk and….what the crocodile likes for breakfast! Dragonbird Theatre will be performing The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling and then setting off in a hot air balloon, all the way to…Africa!

You will pack a big picnic, meet plenty of animals and find out what they like to eat for breakfast. The performance and play sessions are devised with early years as the key audience, but all generations and ages are invited to join the journey.


Paying events

Saturday 30th April

Dig and Dine with Fresh Range – £15 per child, 9-1pm

Dig and Dine would like to invite you to come along for an enjoyable morning of getting your hands dirty. You’ll sow seeds, learn about fruits and vegetables, and the art of cooking great food.

Held at St Wergbergh’s beautiful Boiling Wells site, with gardener Darren McLane and chef Glyn Owen – two people bonkers about growing and cooking!

Supported by Fresh Range, this event will consist of lots of horticultural activities and cooking that is suitable for children aged 5 – 11. It will be a really practical morning with the children having plenty to take home. Lunch will be cooked by the children which will be shared with parents at the end of morning.

Food Connections 2015. Photo by Adam Gasson /
Food Connections 2015.
Photo by Adam Gasson /

Lastly, a quick mention for the Riverford Worm Dig. Unrelated, but Tibbs is showing a LOT of interest in worms. We had an incident involving a slight worm snapping. It was the first time I had to explain pain to her. It was traumatic for all.  The Riverford Worm Dig is a nice way to get your children involved with the positive qualities of our wriggly buddies!


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