The city-wide Bristol Food Connections Festival returns for the third year running to unite all Bristolians through the medium of food, from April 29 – 7 May.

The diverse programme of events aims to inspire, educate and ultimately celebrate Bristol’s food culture, while encouraging those involved to think about the importance of where their food comes from.

There are tonnes of workshops about and endless things to do and see throughout the fortnight, from a unique combination of food and spoken word courtesy of Hammer & Tongue’s food-themed poetry slam,  to Food Porn – a new stand-up comedy show of exploding smells and gastronomic escapades (whatever that means).

Why not pop over to spike Island and have a browse of their open studios while munching on a pulled pork sandwich from Spike Island Cafe? Or perhaps you could visit the street food village on College Green, a new edition to the 2016 schedule. This collection of mouth-watering excellence from street food traders all over the south west will leave you staring and dribbling uncontrollably.

Apocolypso Food connectionsOne event that stood out for me was Apocalypso at the Loco Klub on Friday 29 April, as New Dawn Traders tempt the public on their boozy voyage to the end of the world (interested yet?). They have ‘tropical tunes whistling through their sails’, and they’re ‘filled to the gunnels with with rare and deliciously-spirited cocktails’… Sounds good to me.

“Oscars of the food world” – BBC Radio 4’s prestigious Food and Farming Awards return to Bristol Food Connections opening night at College Green. The awards have taken place in Bristol for the previous two years and they return as part of Food Connections in 2016, highlighting the BBC’s commitment to celebrating our unique food culture.

So pop down, have a browse and get involved. For more information about Food Connections, visit the website.