Bristol’s First Global Picnic on July 19th at the Harbour Festival

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Photo credit: Rob Wicks

Photo credit: Rob Wicks


On 19th July, stories will be shared over a bring-your-own global picnic at the Bristol Harbour Festival from 11am – 2pm. This is part of the “91 Ways to Build a Global City” project, which aims to use food to bring the 91 language communities of Bristol together. At the picnic, local people who live in Bristol will share stories about their food memories, cultural roots, passions and recipes.

The 91 Ways project launched on June 16th, where over 180 people from over half of the language communities in Bristol attended the global celebration. Stories from all over the world were shared and many new connections were made. Over 140 stories have been collected to date, which will culminate in an exhibition later in the year at the M Shed.

The project will have a presence at The Bristol Harbour Festival because it is one of the highlights of the Bristol calendar. “91 Ways” will be welcoming those who want to picnic and share their story, and will be found along The Grove, by the Thekla stage.

Project Director Kalpna Woolf says: “We want to hear from Bristolians! How have their food decisions been shaped by the diversity that’s on our doorstep? We’re interested in favourite food memories, recipes and ingredients. We want to ensure that their voice is heard and forms part of this important social history.”

Children’s activities are planned for those that have younger members of their family – so that they too can tell their story.


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