The Grape and Grain Festival (September 18-20) on Bristol Harbourside will give visitors the opportunity to taste a multitude of craft beers, ciders and wines from across the region, country and world. There are also a cocktail and Prosecco bar, barbecue, Meet the Brewmaster events, music and entertainment.
Craft beer is brought by Hope & Anchor and Bristol Craft Beer Bar and there are host a large variety of local food stalls and chef demonstrations. In addition to Bristol’s Cowshed’s barbecue and hog roast, Rick Stein’s Cookery School head chef, Mark Puckey, will be holding a cookery demonstration and a fish filleting masterclass on Saturday afternoon.
Grape and Grain Festival organisers claim it has something for everyone. For children there are games, face painting and water fun. Adults can make a night of it with the Festival’s late opening hours (until 10.30pm) on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th.
Festival sponsor Zerodegrees are holding a “Meet the Brewmaster” event that gives visitors the opportunity to discuss and learn brewing processes and taste their full range of beers, which are brewed fresh on-site in their Bristol microbrewery.
Other sponsors Gancia and Bottega will be popping bottles of their Italian prosecco. It is a drink which has now overtaken sales of champagne in the UK. There will be a cocktail masterclass held by Flipside Cocktail Club of Clifton will teach visitors how to shake up a selection of Grape and Grain themed cocktails.
A shuttle ferryboat service will operate from Wapping Warf to the Amphitheatre throughout the weekend. An additional late night ferry service will run from the festival site to Temple Meads Station. There are also a number of cycle paths to the Festival and bike parking will be available on site.
Tickets are £5 per day with children admitted free. Opening hours are 5 – 10.30pm on Friday 18th, 11am – 10.30pm on Saturday 19th and 11am – 5pm on Sunday 20th. Further information is also available by visiting the Grape and Grain website at www.grapeandgrainbristol.co.uk.