Two popular festivals hosted in Bristol for the first time in 2018 are returning this year promising to be bigger and better.
The British Dal Festival will now be a national event from February 10 to 17 after launching in Bristol last year with events including a Dal Trail where more than 30 eateries across the city included a pulse dish in their menu.
The Coffee House Project is returning to The Passenger Shed for the second time on September 7 and 8, with more events planned for this year’s festival celebrating all things coffee.
British Dal Festival chair Nick Saltmarsh said: “The enthusiasm and support for the first ever British Dal Festival went way beyond our already high hopes. We’ve decided to take the festival national, keeping Bristol as the festival’s epicentre…
“Our aim for 2019 is to celebrate the cultural richness, flavour, versatility and affordability of dal as well as the health, nutrition and environmental benefits of pulses, at events across the country.”
The Coffee House Project was founded in 2018 by Louisa Parry and Sofia Simou, who both have backgrounds in the events industry.
The pair call their festival a “caffeine-fuelled celebration of the best the city has to offer”, with the two-day event focusing on local, artisan roasters, independent food and drink retailers and home-grown baristas.
“With up to 50 exhibitors, workshops and talks, plus gourmet street food and DJs, no other event captures Bristol’s vibrant coffee scene in quite the same way,” Louisa and Sofia say.
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Main photo of Coffee House Project by Jim Lampard of Bristol Nature Channel