Foodies Festival is Coming to Bristol

This weekend I’ll be taking a culinary trip around the world as Foodies Festival is baking up a storm in Bristol.

What’s happening at Foodies Festival this year?


Bake off

Candice Brown, winner of Great British Bake Off 2016, will be doing two demonstrations in the Cakes and Desserts Theatre. Burlesque baker Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers and patisserie chefs will be joining Candice to show off their desserts.

Avid bakers can get hands on with practical baking masterclasses or take part in the festival’s very own Bake Off competition. Not keen on baking? A Chocolate, Cake and Dessert Village will be selling freshly-baked breads, jellies and desserts to taste, decorate and learn from local experts.

Healthy with a twist

Britain’s top chefs including Bristolian Dean Edwards will be showcasing their culinary skills and inspiring the audience – there will be a lot of focus on culinary wellness, with farm-to-table dishes, sugar-free cooking and ‘feel good’ food trends.

Creative chef and Vogue-featured food stylist Cicely Violet will run a practical masterclasses on how to create psychedelic pavlovas and mid-summer cupcakes.

On a more adventurous note, bug-eating is, according to chef Dan Barber, “sushi of 30 years ago.” The insect food industry is booming and the Vietnamese street food stand will be demonstrating how to cook with critters and the health benefits of chocolate-dipped and candy-coated worms and scorpions. If you develop a taste for it, there’s a daily Bug-Eating Contest.

Rum is king

Rum is the drink of choice this year. Expert cocktail masterclasses will prove that there is a lot more to rum cocktails than just mojitos.

There’ll be also craft beer tutorials, well-known in the UK for “taking the beard out of beer.” Don’t think gin is out of fashion, though – there will be expert gin tasting and food pairing masterclasses.

Street food

Foodies Festival attracts street food vendors from around the world, so you can try global cuisine without leaving Bristol – Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to come to the festival.

Other highlights:

  • Live music
  • Artisan products market
  • Vintage Tea Room 
  • Grow-your-own tutorials and workshops
  • Chilli Eating Challenge
  • Kids cookery school
  • VIP: the red carpet welcome

Tickets giveaway [now closed]

I have five pairs of tickets to give away – one for you and one for your friend. Simply go on Twitter, tag a friend you’d like to bring along to the Foodies Festival in a reply to my tweet (@monika_komar) and follow @foodiesfestival – you’ll be entered into a prize draw.

The winners will be announced and contacted via direct message on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

Terms and conditions:

  1. This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or over. Entrants must be a registered Twitter user.
  2. Only one entry per person.
  3. The competition runs from Wednesday 09.00 (GMT) and the closing date is Wednesday 10 May at 23.59 (GMT).
  4. Five winners will receive two one-day tickets for Foodies Festival in Bristol, to be used on one of the following days: Friday 12 May 2017, Saturday 13 May 2017 or Sunday 14 May 2017. The tickets are non-transferable. The tickets will be sent via email. The value of each ticket is approximately £13.00.
  5. To take part, you need to do two things: first, follow @foodiesfestival, then head to @monika_komar and comment on a giveaway tweet tagging/mentioning a friend you’d like to take to the event.
  6. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.
  7. The winners will be informed by a direct message on Twitter on Thursday 11 May 2017, and must respond within two days to claim their prize.
  8. Foodies Festival is the sponsor of this giveaway.
  9. This prize draw is governed by English law and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising in connection with it.




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