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Spring has arrived and so has the sunshine, and many Bristolians are dreaming of that staple springtime activity in the city: food festivals. If you want to get outside, sample some tasty food and drink, and meet fellow foodies, here are 8 Bristol food and drink festivals to add to your diary!

Bristol Whisky Festival

28th April, Bristol City Hall, College Green
Tickets: £40 full session, £20 taster session

2018 will be the 10th anniversary of Bristol’s annual whisky festival. As well as having the opportunity to sample whiskies from all over the world – including Scotland, Taiwan and Japan – you can also sign up for a tasting masterclass and talk to some of the world’s leading whisky experts. If you’re a whisky fan, this event is a must-visit!

Bristol Wine Weekend

4th–6th May, multiple venues across Bristol
Tickets: Various prices

If wine is your preferred tipple, next month you can look forward to Bristol’s first wine weekend. Wine tastings and other related events will be held at various bars and restaurants across the city, including an evening of pizza and wine pairings at Bertha’s, and a celebration of Portuguese wines at No. 1 Harbourside.

Foodies Festival

11th–13th May, Durham Downs
Tickets: From £18 per day, £55 all events

Foodies is the UK’s biggest food festival, and it features loads of exciting events based around food. You can watch live cooking demonstrations from a Great British Bake Off finalist, try your hand at chocolate making and sample tasty treats from dozens of street-food stalls. There will even be live performances by The Hoosiers and Toploader!

German Bierfest Bristol

18th–20th May, Millennium Square
Tickets: Free entry, from £5 to reserve a FestTent seat

If you can’t wait until autumn for the biggest social event in the German calendar, Bristol’s German Bierfest will tide you over until Oktoberfest. For three days, Millennium Square will be turned into a beer garden, complete with bratwurst, Bavarian beer and a souvenir tent. There will be parties in the evenings, and lederhosen are welcomed!

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Gin Festival Bristol

25th–26th May, St Georges, Great George St
Tickets: £11 per session

Gin has become one of the UK’s most popular drinks in recent years, so Bristol’s Gin Festival is the place to be if you want to wet your whistle. There will be all sorts of gins for you to try, so you might just find your new favourite flavour, and there will also be live music, gin masterclasses and the chance to talk to distillers about their craft.


26th–27th May, Ashton Gate Stadium
Tickets: £12 per day

This year, Ashton Gate Stadium will play host to one of the UK’s most popular vegan festivals, which will feature more than 200 vegan food stalls for your tasting pleasure. There will also be plenty of entertainment, from comedy to music, art to magic, so you can keep exploring even after you’ve eaten your fill.

Bristol Rum Festival

7th July, The Passenger Shed, Temple Meads
Tickets: From £15

Rum-lovers, you can also get in on the festival fun: Bristol Rum Festival will give you the chance to sample exciting new rums and cocktails, or book into a private rum-tasting session with a master blender who will broaden your knowledge about this wonderful spirit. There will also be food, music and even a secret Tiki Room!


June 30th–July 1st, Harbourside
Tickets: From £27

Grillstock is Bristol’s biggest celebration of all things barbecue. For two days the Harbourside will be given over to street food, craft beer and live music – perfect for any meat-lover! There’s also entertainment in the form of chilli-eating competitions, and plenty of coal-fired barbecue food for you to enjoy.

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Image sources:
Food photo by James Sutton on Unsplash
Drink photo by Mattias Diesel on Unsplash

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