The Love Food Spring Festival

25 03 2011

The biggest Love Food Festival yet is taking place in Bristol this weekend at Brunel’s Old Station next to Temple Meads. There’s an embarrassment of gastronomic riches in store at the Spring Festival, from cookery demonstrations by some of Bristol’s top chefs to “rude health rants”, like a Speaker’s Corner for foodies. What’s more, it’s all completely free.

More typically held outdoors at the Paintworks, Love Food organiser Lorna Knapman has for this event raised the bar several notches, with the space formally known as the Passenger Shed being used to host producers, chefs, teachers, writers, entertainers, organisations, artists and musicians over the weekend, with thousands of food lovers expected to pay a visit.

Highlights of the two-day festival are too many to mention, but here are a few:

The Market: Featuring more than 70 producers, including Tyntesfield House, Bristol Cider Shop and Grape & Grind.

The Cookery School: Chefs include Ron Faulkner of Ronnies and The Muset by Ronnie, and Freddie Bird from the Lido. Hands-on classes for all ages will teach you how to make pasta, butter, cup cakes and Sushi among many others.

Rude Health Rants: Taking place each day at 1pm.  Speakers include Dr Angela Raffle of Bristol’s Food Policy Council, Phil Haughton of The Better Food Company and Sam Leach of Mark’s Bread.

The Taste Theatre: Learn about pairing food and drink and taste some of the produce available from Orchard Pig, The Bristol Beer Factory, Trethowan’s Dairy and Bristol Cider Shop.

“Come along and enjoy some of the wonderful produce we have in the West Country,” says Lorna, whose Love Food business was founded thanks to a grant from the Prince’s Trust. “It’ll be a great opportunity to come together as a city to be inspired and learn about many of the fantastic resources we have on our doorstep.”

The Love Food Spring Festival takes place on March 26 and 27 in Brunel’s Old Station. Entry is free. For more information, visit



One response

25 03 2011

Hoping to attend this to see if any local producers need help in developing their brands. In case I miss the event please get in contact at and I will be happy to arrange an appointment for a free consultation. Hope there’s an extension on weather 🙂

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