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A week’s worth of cooking, growing, tasting, sipping and slurping awaits Bristol this June, says James Higgins

Bristol Food Connections is back this June with a bang! From Henbury to Hengrove and Barton Hill to Windmill Hill, there’s a programme of events that leaves no cupboard closed and no cutlery clean as it serves up heaps of sugar and spice this summer. There are no fewer than 132 events to savour (too many to mention here), but here’s a little aperitif.

The festival is community run and draws in a diverse range of chefs, growers, traders, experts and venues in an exploration of the best cuisine in the city. The city’s rich multiculturalism and proximity to fertile farmlands means whether it’s simple cheeses, stomping curries, or powerful perries, it’s never been more inaccurate to describe native flavours as lacklustre.

So, in chronological order, here’s a quick-fire rundown of things to mull over before the festival kicks off on Monday, June 11.

Find a Vegan and Wellbeing Market at St Nicholas Market on the Monday, a spicy feast with Bristol Refugee Rights on the Tuesday, and an experimental cookery class for the under-fives on Wednesday in Redcliffe. Or, if you’re looking for love or a giggle, what about a speed-dating cookery course at Co-exist Kitchen for a happy hump day? If that leaves you hungry for more, there’s a ‘surplus’ feast of lovely leftovers at Easton community centre on Thursday followed by a street-food spectacular with DJs and more at Tobacco Factory on Friday.

Then comes the weekend! On Saturday you could squeeze in an Indian street-food experience at Sholay Kitchen and a special feast cooked by young chefs at The Station in partnership with the Square Food Foundation and Bristol24/7. Sunday is no excuse to slow down: learn the art of herb growing at Blaise community garden, and what about Shroomshop to learn about the health benefits of mushrooms?

The theme of this year’s festival is time, which is something you cannot afford to waste. Lots of the events are free but do require booking, and the few that are ticketed will sell-out quickly!

When: June 11–17 Where: Across Bristol  Website: www.bristolfoodconnections.com/whats-on

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