This is an incredibly late post. I’ve had so much to write about recently, it’s been hard to keep up. I didn’t want to sweep these events under the carpet though even if they are a little dated. I’m going with better late than never.
So Bristol’s Food Connections week took place at the beginning of May. I blogged about one of the other events I went to, the Surplus Food Banquet here. After an enjoyable evening there, I was looking forward to the next two events we’d booked up – both of which took place at At-Bristol.
First of which was After Hours. At-Bristol is an interactive science centre, which attracts hundreds of visitors a day. This evening denied access to children and allowed adults to roam freely around the exhibits and regress for a few hours. With an alcoholic beverage in hand.
There was a foodie theme to some of the experiments. You got to concoct your own spices with a mix of your choice and test your taste buds with sweet, sour or salty flavours.
You were also able to visit the 3D Planetarium. This at first made me feel a little queasy moving around the sky, (or it could have just been the wine) but it was great fun delving deeper into our solar system and having a good old explore of Saturn. I’d highly recommend it.
There are plenty of interactive experiments to keep your inner child entertained. The perfect excuse to act like a big kid. Whilst working on Finding Neverland, Dustin Hoffman offers the advise; Be mature, but don’t ever grow up. Which I quite like to live by.
The next evening at At-Bristol was a little more grown up. I switched my running-around-shoes to a pair of heels and put my glad-rags on for an evening of fancy food, jazz music, bubbles and speeches.
We’d bought tickets for the last event of the Food Connections week, a Gala Dinner promoting the use of Fair Trade. The three-course dinner was created by Michelin Starred chefs from Casamia, using Fair Trade and locally sourced produce.
I’ve yet to visit Casamia but this was a great taster of what is to be expected from the restaurant. It is now high on the to-do list.
Original intentions for booking up the tickets was to sample some good food but actually found the world of Fair Trade really insightful. We were sat with a couple who produced fair trade clothing, mainly school wear and it was interesting to hear about how they do business.
After an introductory speech, the food started to appear from the kitchen.
The food was all spot on but the highlight for me was the lamb. It was faultless and paired beautifully with sweet vegetables, both solid and puréed. I’m not a huge fan of coffee flavoured foods so the Tiramisu was a little wasted on me, however the human food bin next to me was more than happy to finish it off.
The evening ended with a speech from TV chef Allegra McEvedy and a lovely nighttime walk along the river.
Thank you Food Connections for a great mix of events, I’m already looking to what you have planned for 2016.