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This event is part of the 2018 Bristol Food Connections festival – a citywide celebration of the fantastic, varied and delicious food culture in our city. From the 11th - 17th June, BFC will shine a light on the diverse people, businesses and organisations that make our city's food culture so incredible. Head to the festival and embark upon a voyage of discovery and exploration, learning about all aspects of the journey of food – from field to fork.

Love Chinese food? Then amaze your friends by learning how to make real Chinese cuisine. Head up to The Forge at Colston Yard on the 15th June for a unique Chinese dumpling workshop as part of Bristol Food Connections! In this event, expert chefs from 90 Food Lab will teach you the authentic way to make delicious dumplings – the most famous festive food in China. 

After an amazing evening of learning to make real Chinese dumplings according to authentic, traditional recipes, you'll then get to scoff all your hard work at the end – yum! You'll learn in small groups of up to three people, and will be helped and guided throughout by a friendly, knowledgable assistant chef. 

As a matter of fact, a dumpling consists of a small piece of dough (made from white flour) wrapped around a filling which can include meat, vegetables, seasoning or even different fruits. Dumplings can be prepared using a variety of methods, such as baking, boiling, frying, and simmering, and are most commonly eaten with a dipping sauce made of vinegar and chilli oil and some soy sauce. On the night, the 90 Food Lab chefs will prepare a special chilli dipping sauce to dunk your dumplings in, and you'll also be able to buy this delicious sauce to take home and enjoy. 

All the ingredients used for the workshop will be local and organic, sourced from local farm shops. 

What to expect: 

  • Enjoy 10 minutes of an authentic Chinese tea art demonstration before you cook
  • Learn how to make dumplings from scratch in at least 3 ways, with 2 different fillings (pork, vegetable; gluten-free option also available)
  • Learn how to make colourful dumpling wrappers
  • Discover the secret of delicious chilli sauce – and buy some to take home, too, if you want!
  • And of course, enjoy eating and sharing your dumplings with everyone at the end of the session!

All ingredients are provided, and you don't need any cooking skills, just bring yourself and a smile!

About 90 Food Lab @ Bristol Food Connections

90 Food Lab is a non-profit social enterprise striving to be the best at serving and spreading fresh, healthy, environmental friendly, and authentic Chinese classic cuisines and street food in Bristol. The 90 Food Lab journey started officially on November 2016, when it was initiated by Yi Zeng, then a University of Bristol graduate. Yi has since handed the reins over to current students from UoB and the University of West England (UWE), where it became a non-profit social enterprise funded by StudentEats, with Yi remaining an advisor. As well as a much-loved stall on the UoB campus which sells samples of tasty foodstuffs, 90 Food Lab also organise monthly food-related cultural events like this Chinese dumpling making workshop, where you will have the chance to meet, chat, and have fun with new and like-minded people. Refund policy: no refunds.

How to claim

Book your Wriggle through the app or website now, and then head on over to The Forge, Colton Yard in plenty of time before the event starts. Introduce yourself as a Wriggler, show your code and enjoy. Remember to pay for any extras that you purchase, and to tip accordingly. Don't forget to fill in the feedback form the following day for your chance to win £20 worth of Wriggle credit!

How to get there

The Forge, Colton Yard, Bristol, BS1 5BD
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