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Local Food Week in Southville Ashton and Bedminster, Bristol 2005

Bristol IMC vol / Indymedia UK video vol | 28.10.2005 10:38 | Bio-technology | Ecology | Health

A 3 minute film of the highlights of the opening weekend of this years Local Food Week in Southville, Ashton and Bedminster, Bristol, UK. The week runs from the 22nd - 30th October 2005.

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Local Food Week in Southville, Ashton and Bedminster, 2005
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The second Southville, Ashton and Bedminster Local Food Week is to be held later this month, from 22nd to 30th October. Highlights this year include South Bristol's first ever local beer festival at the Tobacco Factory, a new sausage created especially for the week by Southville's Mr Sausage, Bob Wherlock, organic baby food available at the Natural Nursery, a Fungus Foray, English Wine tasting, Cookery Classes and a Festival of Food at Windmill Hill City Farm.

Charlie Bolton, one of the coordinators of Local Food Week explained

'Local Food Week is aimed at promoting local, organic, fairtrade or GM-free food food as well as promoting local traders. You could say it is about promoting food sustainability. But, mainly it is an opportunity for local people to join in promoting local food, and also about having a bit of fun'.

The week consists of a series of events, both ticketed and free. Tickets are available from either Windmill Hill City farm or from the Tobacco Factory Box Office.

Please check the Southville Centre website for details

Here is the full list of events:

Morning Saturday 22 October
Get growing!

Visit Riverside Garden Centre to find out more about growing opportunities in our area:
- Council allotment sites and availability.
- Representative from Hotwells & District Allotments Association.
- Heritage and heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties – what they are, and why you should grow them.

2–4pm Saturday 22 October
North Street Green Fair
During Local Food Week 2004, a group of volunteers came together to transform the Green. Come along and see how things have progressed since then.
- 2.30pm official unveiling of the North Street Green Arch.
- The Sustainable Southville Project’s Wildlife Group will be holding a wildlife surgery, with advice on attracting wildlife to your garden and on what to feed the birds, promotion of the Bristol Bird Watch, and advice on how to make your own bird and bat box.
- Recycling/composting advice.
- Mosaics workshops for kids.

10am–4pm Sunday 23 October
Ash Grove Trip
A visit to see Windmill Hill City Farm’s sister farm near Wedmore.
Leave the City Farm 10am, return 4pm. Tickets from Reception
£2 per person, including minibus. Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee available.

Sunday 23 October
Vegetarian/Local market
Tobacco Factory car park
This market will feature stalls which are – yes, you guessed it – vegetarian or local, with a mix of regular and new stallholders.

12–6pm Sunday 23 October
South Bristol’s very own Beer Festival, held in the Tobacco Factory Theatre. Up to 15 real ales from local microbreweries plus food & entertainment.
£5 entry by purchase of a programme. This will give you
5 free drinks. More drink tokens can be purchased inside.
Tickets/programmes on sale at the Tobacco Factory box office.

2–4pm Sunday 23 October
Apple Day
Horfield Organic Group community orchard
- Discover the wildlife
- Find out about the orchard
- Try different varieties
- Apple juice on sale
- Bring your own apples to press
Free entry via lane opposite 23 Kings Drive, Bishopston. Children welcome, but must be supervised. Ffi 0117 924 8124
An escorted cycle ride from Southville to the orchard will meet-up in the Aldi carpark next to the Tobacco Factory market at 1.30pm. Pre-registration for this event is required. Phone 0117 966 1639 or email your contact details plus numbers of adults and children hoping to attend, to

8pm Monday 24 October
Food Film night
The Green Room, Tobacco Factory
Dinner Rush Small time gangster Louis’s son has taken over the family restaurant and turned it from traditional fare to a successful trendy nouvelle cuisine outlet. We follow the conversations from tables of diners, art critics, gangsters, police, predatory females et al, and the work force, both up and downstairs, all against a smart thriller backdrop. Altmanesque, brilliant and gastronomic.
Tickets £2 advance / £2.50 door. Available from the Tobacco Factory box office.

Let’s get Cooking!
7–9pm Monday 24 October or
7–9pm Wednesday 26 October
Cookery Workshops for 12–16 year-olds
Are you an aspiring chef? Want to wow your friends or impress your family? Never cooked before? Then come and join Francine and team to get down to some good cooking. Francine Russell a trained cook with
10 years’ experience in teaching healthy eating will be hosting 2 cookery workshops on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
We will be cooking, tasting and having fun following some easy and delicious recipes, plus planning how to cook a meal for 50! Participants from each workshop will be invited back to help set up, cook and join the team for our Grand Curry Night on Saturday 29 October.

7.30pm Saturday 29 October
Grand Curry Night
You are invited to come along and sample the dishes we have learnt to cook at our workshops during the week. Be part of Local Food Week’s first curryfest.
- Enjoy live music and entertainment.
- All food will be vegetarian and sourced locally where possible.
- BYO alcohol/drinks.
All events to take place at:
St Michael and All Angels Church, Vivian St, Windmill Hill
Workshop tickets: £1
Curry Night tickets: £5 adults
£3 children
All tickets for these events can be purchased from the Windmill Hill City Farm shop, spaces are limited so please book early.
These events are run by Working with food as a tool to positive change, Cookery Workshops 0117 914 0749

Drop-in sessions at
the Natural Nursery
10am–12noon Monday 24 & 2–4pm Friday 28 October
Health Visitor weaning sessions – drop in and ask questions about preparing for weaning, when to wean, what foods to give your baby when weaning etc in a relaxed and informal setting.

Morning, Thursday 27 October
Rachel Symons of Bristol-based baby food company Bib n Tucker will come in with some samples of her home cooked baby and toddler food.

Afternoon, Monday 24 October
We will also be having tasting
of organic and wild crafted nutritional teas for pregnant/ new mummies and babies with Amanda Rayment of Welcome World Herbal Formulations, based in Wells.

Throughout the week
Finally, we will be promoting a brand new organic cookbook for babies and toddlers – Feed Me! the Fresh Daisy Cookbook written by Gerrie Hawes the founder of Fresh Daisy organic baby foods.

All sessions are free and will be held at 185 North Street. Babies are welcome to attend too!
Ffi Arabella Greatorex 0117 966 8483

Tuesday 25 October
CLASS outing to
Barley Wood Orchard
Trip to Barley Wood Orchard,
with talks, apple juice tasting and pressing demonstration.
To find out if there are any places still available: 0117 966 1639

7–9pm Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 October (& Thursday 27 October, subject to demand)
Beer Factory Open Evenings
Following three sell-out open evenings during Local Food Week 2004, the Bristol Beer Factory will once again be opening its doors to the public. Talks on the history of brewing in Ashton & on the brewing process will be given. During the evening there will be plenty of chance to sample all the Bristol Beer Factory’s products including their most recent releases.
Tickets £2 from the Tobacco Factory box office.

9pm Wednesday 26 October
Food Quiz at the Coronation pub
Back by popular demand! £1 per participant. Prize for winning team and a jackpot cash prize. Quizmaster – Dave. Questions set by Tess. Real ales by Hopback Brewery. Landlady – Lorna.

6.30–8.30pm and 9–11pm
Thursday 27 October
English Wine Tasting
The Green Room, Tobacco Factory
An opportunity to try over
10 different English wines, and to learn a bit about wine tasting.
Join local wine producers and David Wilson from El Rincón for
a brief introduction on ‘how to taste wine’, short talks from producers, and the opportunity
to buy wines direct from their makers.
Tickets £3 advance/£4 on the door, available from the Tobacco Factory box office, or El Rincón.

7pm onwards Thursday 27 October
Southville Cider Saunter
To celebrate Cider and Perry Month, join CAMRA at any of the following locations, and take the opportunity to enjoy some local ciders (all times are approximate).
Meet up 7pm Apple Tree
7.45pm Holy Cross Club
8.30pm Coronation
9.15pm Avon Packet
Finish 10.30ish

Preview: 7–9pm Friday 28 October
Opening: 11am–6pm Saturday 29
& Sunday 30 October
Food Art at the Basement Gallery
6 Beauley Road
Robyn Coetzee: fused glass pendants and beaded jewellery taking inspiration from the variety and beauty of colour and pattern in fruit and veg.
Elaine Inker: will be showing sculpture in the garden
Eilis Kirkby: food stuff
Natalie Wyatt: cake artist
Janine Partington: fruit and veg-inspired enamels
Mary Rouncefield: prints of fruit and veg images
Prudence Emma Staite: chocolate artist
Katie White: will be showing fruit art in the garden

Saturday 29 October
North Street
Mini Street Market
North Street will be the place to be seen on Saturday 29 October. Not only can you visit your usual favourite shops, but we will also be holding the first ever mini-street market. There will be a range of extra ‘spending opportunities’, but remember, it is the last full shopping day before Halloween.

2pm Saturday 29 October
Wine Walk
Join professional guide Liz Gamlin for a walk around Bristol’s historic harbourside, looking at the city’s links to the wine trade and its related industries.
The walk will stop somewhere to enjoy a glass of wine!
(Not included in ticket price.)
Numbers are strictly limited for this event, so you are advised to book-up early. Full details of the meeting-up point will be given on your ticket. The walk will last around 2 hours.
Tickets £2 from the Tobacco Factory box office.

7.30pm Saturday 29 October
Food and Fiction
Circle Books, 65 North Street
£3 entry, pay on the door
Using fiction – from Robinson Crusoe and Lewis Carroll, to Zola and Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate – author J.D. Ballam will trace the history of food in fiction and discuss how it connects to other themes in literature. Refreshments provided. Organised jointly with English Department, University of Bristol.
J.D. Ballam is best known for his critically-acclaimed autobiography The Road to Harmony. His poems frequently appear in magazines in Europe and North America.
Ffi Circle Books 0117 966 2622, or Tom Sperlinger, University of Bristol on 0117 954 6969; or

11am–3pm Sunday 30 October
Festival of Food
Windmill Hill City Farm carpark.
An exciting mixture of stalls selling locally-produced food and food-related items.
Ffi or to book a stall, contact Janet/Becky on 0117 963 3276.
11am–3pm Sunday 30 October
Children’s Pottery Workshop
In the Craft Room at Windmill Hill City Farm.
Come and make you own pot, which can be fired for an additional charge.

2pm Sunday 30 October
Fungus Foray
Join Justin Smith (as seen on TV, on Bill Oddie’s How to watch wildlife) for a fungus foray around Ashton Court.
Numbers are strictly limited for this event, so you are advised to book-up early. Full details of the meeting-up point and what to bring with you, will be provided with your ticket. The walk will last around 2 hours.
Tickets £2 from the Tobacco Factory box office.

Throughout the week…

CLASS exhibition on market stalls & street vendors

CLASS is a lifelong learning group that has been going for over 20 years, and which meets weekly at the Southville Centre. Their interests are centred around Bristol and local history, but the group is open to much broader areas of research and learning.
For Local Food Week, they have researched an exhibition on market stalls and street vendors from South Bristol, using archives and local memories.
Exhibition in the Southville Centre during normal opening hours.
Ffi Lucy Fieldhouse
0117 958 5702

Tobacco Factory Art
Fiona Robson: mixed media paintings. This series of work focuses on everyday foods, which are organically sculptural in shape and at times reminiscent of the human form.
Exhibiting in the café/bar.

Film of Local Food Week 2005
We will be filming at the events taking place during the week. Included in the film will be comments from local residents, particularly older people. Their memories will be valuable in discovering how food availability and local shopping has changed over the years. The film will provide an enjoyable record of the week, and also show how our area still benefits from having a vibrant and diverse range of accessible shops and local food sources, meeting modern demands for wholesome food.
There will be some short highlights posted on during the week. The finished film will be posted on, and may be further distributed as a DVD by the food week organisers.

Brownies & Guides
Throughout the week, local Brownies will be working towards their advanced Cooks Badge. This will involve cooking a 2-course meal at Balfour Road Scout HQ, using ingredients from North Street shops.
Ffi Christine Dyer
01275 838425

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