A busy weekend coming up for Bristol’s foodies!
Saturday and Sunday (July 17th and 18th) will see Bristol’s waterfront playing host to Grillstock: the UK’s first ever US-style barbecue competition and food show. The two-day show will see up to 150 people competing for the coveted “King of the Grill” title across six categories, including Best Chicken and Best BBQ Sauce. The team with the highest score across all categories – as voted by the show’s visitors – will take the title and go on to represent the UK at the World Championship Barbecue Competition in Memphis next year.
The festival will also include over 130 stands offering food, drink and cooking equipment, live music, cookery demonstrations and the Grillstock BBQ Academy. In addition, the festival has teamed up with the Fiery Foods Roadshow UK, exhibiting the UK’s best chilli companies and featuring a chilli eating contest.
Advance purchase tickets are £4 per day or £6.50 for the weekend, with tickets on the gate priced at £5 and £8 respectively. Children under 16 will be admitted free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the Grillstock website.
If you think you’ll still be hungry on Saturday night after Grillstock, get in touch with local foodie Sam of The Daydream Kitchen and head on down to Southville for the latest Southville Supper Club evening. Sam will be serving a six course tasting menu from 7pm this Saturday, featuring:
Chilled beetroot soup with broad bean ice cream
Terrine, toast and pickled onions
Beetroot cured mackerel, pickled cucumber and horseradish mousse
Calves liver, onion mash and broad beans
Summer trifle and brittle
All Sam asks in return is a donation of £20 per head – head over to the blog post for details of how to make a reservation.
Grillstock will still be in full swing on Sunday for those who don’t make it the day before, but it’s also time for the next installment of the Love Food Festival…described by Lorna as a “massive summer food party”. Head on down to Paintworks between 10.30am and 4pm on the 18th for a huge indoor food and drink market, a herb garden with a range of varieties to buy, a children’s activity area and a DJ. This time round, the outdoor picnic area will play host to the Cotswold Edge BBQ, Tom’s Pies, the Source shellfish bar, local ales and ciders and a children’s cafe.
The perfect weekend for my food-obsessed little sister to be coming to Bristol to visit me, methinks!