The team behind the Bristol Food Connections festival have announced the programme for their 2017 event, entitled “We Are Food! A gathering of the Bristol food community”, at City Hall on Friday 9th June. Representatives from Bristol’s hospitality industry, food growers, retailers, farmers, and innovators will come together for a day of talks and discussion on how to grow a citywide food culture, in our current social and political environment.
The day kicks off with eight inspiring stories, from national food thought leaders. Alongside some of the city’s leading food businesses, author of international bestseller Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives, Carolyn Steel will be addressing the 300+ delegates; as will writer, communications specialist and serial entrepreneur Ed Gillespie. Speakers’ will cover ideas around building a city food culture, whether festivals can change a city, and the role immigration plays on the city’s foodscape.
The afternoon will switch to a workshop format where attendees can get involved in debating topics such as food education, the relationship between farmers and Bristol’s food businesses, community projects in the city and more. Speakers and panelists for the day include us at Wriggle, local restauranteurs and food writers such as Freddy Bird from the Lido, Kate Hawkings co-owner of Bellita, 5 O’Clock Apron author and chef Claire Thompson, Sam and Beccy Leach from Birch, and newly appointed co-chair of the Guild of Food Writers Genevieve Taylor.
Aine Morris, Creative Director of Bristol Food Connections said: “The timing of the event the day after the General Election will be the perfect moment for Bristol’s food community to come together and make plans for the future. We have seen significant upheaval in the way our country is run over the last 12 months and we’re facing an unprecedented amount of insecurity about what the future looks like. “The speakers we have chosen aim to spark a conversation about how we come together across-sectors, to build a city-wide culture that puts good food at the heart of local communities.”