Eat Drink Bristol Fashion Sustainable Food Summit 2013

Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, the spectacular pop-up “tipi” restaurant, cafe and performance venue will be hosting a Sustainable Food Summit on Monday 13th May to showcase Bristol as a trailblazer in promoting sustainable food procurement across the country. The aim is to examine local supply chains and create local, strong, ethical and sustainable food links.

The summit will host 150­ – 200 delegates from both the public and private sectors, including local representatives from government, schools, traders, restaurants, producers and suppliers, catering companies, schools, hospitals and prisons. The event is an industry led effort to bring together decision makers, the media and stakeholders from the South West including the Bristol Pound, Transition Bristol and the Soil Association – the UK’s leading charity campaigning for healthy, humane, sustainable food, farming and land use.

Delegates will be welcomed from 11am and three sessions will be held throughout the afternoon – An Overview of Sustainability in Food, Sustainability in the Profit Sector and Sustainability in the Cost Sector.

In addition to these seminars and focus groups, there will be cookery demonstrations and World Cafe table discussions to inspire thoughts on how to generate change and there will be the chance to hear from speakers from the Sustainable Food Trust, Better Food Company and The Bristol Food Policy Council. Lunch, cooked by The Pony and Trap will be “Bristol on a Plate”.

Amelia Twine, Operations Director at Eat Drink Bristol Fashion explains;

“South West Britain is one of the most exciting areas of food production in the World and this summit is designed to bring together those talents to create a central platform for discussion, ideas generation and co-working. Our mission is to place Bristol and the region on the gastronomic map, and tell the world about the rich food culture in the area.

“For the following two weeks after the summit, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion will bring together some of the city’s most revered restaurants to attract visitors to the impressive tipi village. With a finale on the May bank holiday Monday, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion will see many of Bristol’s best chefs and independent restaurants return to the iconic tipis as they each take a turn to wow diners with their menus. For the more relaxed diner, event Co-director and chef of the Pony & Trap, Josh Eggleton, will be offering a “modern British tapas” menu in the cafe, designed using local suppliers from the South West.”

Tom de Pass, Head of Communications and Events at Yeo Valley Farms and member of the Bristol Food Policy Council, said:

“The Bristol Food Policy Council’s vision is that within the next five years Bristol will become known as a leading sustainable food city, widely celebrated for its good food culture. We’d like to see retailers, schools, hospitals, restaurants, catering businesses and other food outlets across the city providing a wide range of fresh, seasonal, local, fairly traded and organically produced foods alongside a commitment to composting and minimising food waste.”