'Bristol Res' Blog • 26 September 2019
The World Food Travel Association has just announced the semi-finalists in its 2019 Food Trekking Awards and Bristol has made this prestigious shortlist – the only place in the UK to do so.
Now in its fifth year, The Food Trekking Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in experiences for food tourism. There are six categories in total and Bristol has been shortlisted in the Best Food or Beverage Destination of the Year award in acknowledgement of the work undertaken by Destination Bristol and businesses within the city.
Over the last two years, Destination Bristol has been developing specific programmes around food and beverage tourism, thanks to funding received from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund administered by Visit England.
Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol, said: “We are thrilled that Bristol has made the shortlist for this prestigious international award. It has been an incredible two years of developing a food tourism strategy and working with businesses to support their development in enabling them to reach the vast B2B travel trade market. This covers producers, restaurants, cafés, breweries, tours and experiences and the sense of collaboration that exists.”
With five Michelin star restaurants in total, Bristol is now the UK city with the most stars outside of London.
The city has also hosted many successful food and drink festivals this year including the British Dal Festival, Foodies Festival, Bristol Food Connections, the year-round Love Food Festival
The winners are announced on the 3rd November and you can see the other semi finalists by clicking here.
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One of Bristol’s most recognisable landmarks has been removed this week at the end of a long battle over the future of the roundabout in which it sits.
Ursa the bear, a 12ft black and white sculpture of a bear, has been a familiar presence on one side of the Bearpit, greeting those coming into the city from the M32 and entering the St James Barton roundabout for the last 7 years.
Yesterday however the sculpture was removed by a team from the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft following Bristol City Council’s decision to take back control of the Bearpit.
Taking back control has meant ending licences, installing CCTV and working with city partners to manage the space. As the council do not own the Bear this has meant that it has to be removed.
It is at this stage unclear where the bear will reappear but according to a spokes person for the People’ republic of Stokes Croft
“The sculpture will now be taken to a safe location for renovation work. PRSC are currently working on an appropriate home for the bear and are currently considering options. Our preferred option was to place the sculpture at height on the corner of City Road and Stokes Croft.”
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