Missed the 2015 Gathering? Read all about it here


What a fantastic day we had on Thurs 26th Nov at our 2015 Gathering and the launch of our membership. Thanks so much to the 60+ people who came along and all the energy you brought with you. Members are signing up thick and fast – you can also Join Us today!

You can read the pre-event Press Release here and see more details of the programme and workshops. Traci Lewis did a write up of the event here. You can tell us what you thought of the event using our feedback form.

Below are links to the video we unveiled on the day, some of the presentations, photos and some quotes from attendees. We’d love to have your feedback too, so do drop us a line at bristolfoodproducer@gmail.com.


PRESENTATION LIBRARY (being populated!)

Introduction and Membership Launch (10.00 – 11.00)

Workshop session #1 (11.05 – 12.05)

Conference Room: Starting a Food Enterprise [PDF] (Maurice McCartney, Fresh Management Solutions)

Mild West Room: Bristol Local Food Branding Scheme

Freedom Room: Land Matching: Looking for Land?

Workshop session #2 (12.20 – 13.20):

Conference Room: Shared Distribution and Logistics  Fresh Range Presentation [PDF]

Mild West Room: Marketing: Telling your story

Freedom Room: Livelihood Skills for Landworkers: A Certificate for Bristol

LUNCH (13.20 – 14.15) – seasonal and local, lovingly prepared by Kate’s Kitchen

Workshop session #3 (14.15 – 15.00)

Conference Room: Introduction to Theory of Change and its application for creating the BFP’s mission (what we are doing, why, and how we hope to make an impact)



Gathering 2015



Louise Coombes and Liam Wood, Bengrove Market Garden

We attended from Bengrove Market Garden yesterday and found it to be an excellent event, very inspirational and motivating. We would love to sign up as we did find it to be an excellent scheme which we do want to support. All the best and keep up the good work. We will spread the word where we can.

Phil Haughton, Director of Better Food Company

Well done to all today. It was really well organised and run, with great content. Got back to the office and decide to act quickly on membership!

Reuben Horsley, Marketing Director at The Marketing Stall

I just wanted to say thank you for yesterday, it was a great day and we really enjoyed it. It was really insightful, and great to meet some interesting people. I’m going to join Bristol Food Producers and I’d really like to get involved with the Local Bristol Brand – which was an interesting session.

Jane Stevenson, Director of Bristol Food Network

I just wanted to thank you all for a great day yesterday. It’s so heartening to see so many supportive people coming together to try and make good things happen in Bristol.

Grace Ekall, Bristol Sauce

It was so lovely to meet you, and honored to share ”Bristol Food Producers” first steps. I am glad that I am now a member of this group and 2 other people I told about the project will be joining soon to become members as well. I’ve learn so much and had the privilege to meet experts in the field of the Food Business – lovely and interesting people.And i met someone who was happy to help regarding the contacts of the growers of chillies in the South West. Thank you again to the whole team of the Bristol FOOD Producers.

Steph Wetherell, Locavore

Thanks again for the great event today – exciting to see all the exciting stuff going on. I’m joining under the locavore banner. I also do freelance web design/writing/photography which I’d be happy to offer at a discount to members.

Rachel Davey, Director of Proven Communications

I just wanted to say thanks for organising such an insightful and inspiring event last Thursday. It was great to engage and network with like minded food passionate people. My background is PR marketing and events specialising in the food and drink sector and I’d love to get more hands on and involved with the local food scene and Bristol Food Producers.

Mark Parris, Distributor of local Spanish Organic produce

Thank you all very much for organizing such a great event! I fully appreciate all the work and drive involved! For me, if you organize another gathering, I would need an evening event because I have pallets of fruit and veg on the move all the time, I’m a one-man-band and am not very good at multi-tasking.

Rich Wright, Fresh Range

Thanks for an enjoyable event yesterday. We would like to become members!

Sally at Plowright Organic

I wanted to apologise for not being there; I had hoped to make it, but had issues with childcare. We – Plowright Organic – would still very much like to become members.

 Claire Rosling, Earthwise

Well done to you (and team) for such a great launch on Thursday.

Matt Cracknell, Feed Bristol (Avon Wildlife Trust)

Many thanks for a great inspirational day. I have signed up Feed Bristol as a member and will continue to rally folk together on it.