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Success for 2019’s Food Connections Festival

By lily konteh, Friday Aug 2, 2019

Focussing on where food comes from, how sustainable it is and one of the most important food connection, breastfeeding, the fifth Bristol Food Connections Festival in June was a resounding success.

In a potential first for food festivals, the events were started with a whole day dedicated to babies and toddlers in the foyer of Colston Hall, which also acted as a ‘hub’ for the festival.

As well as parents gathering to meet and share stories, the day was host to Bristol’s biggest breastfeeding session.

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Niki Groom illustrated the breastfeeding event for Bristol24/7

The festival welcomed Briony May, star of the Great British Bake Off and author Elly Pear. Events ranged from panel discussions to food demonstrations.

“I am stunned and thrilled in equal measure with how Bristol harnesses food for good,” said Claire Peeters, CEO of Bristol Food Connections. “From the awe-inspiring Breast Feeding and Beyond day, to the truly humbling Square Food Foundation supper, I could mention two dozen events I went to which inspired or challenged me.”

One of the stand-out events was a multi-course feast from the team from Poco Tapas Bar and Chefs’ Manifesto, with each course representing one of the key manifesto points.

The Chefs’ Manifesto outlines ways in which chefs can contribute to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Two, Zero Hunger, and advocate for a better food future.

The event has been shortlisted for the Crumbs Awards 2019’s Best Event, along with Bristol Food Connections as a whole.

The festival aims to engage in creating a food system that is better for people and better for Bristol. With 93 per cent of festival goers surveyed hoping to return in 2020, it’s no surprise that the festival has been been recognised through several prestigious award nominations.

Read More: A day at Bristol Food Connections Festival 2018

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