Awesome Autumn 2014: 18th September – 18th October

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To celebrate the best in local and organic food, we swing into Autumn with a series of free events, called Awesome Autumn, to herald the change of season.

Events include opportunities for customers to meet local and artisan producers, talk about why organic farming matters, and celebrate the 4th birthday of the Better Food Clifton store.

Thursday 18th September
Dirty Business: the farmer, the social pioneer and the conservationist
From 6.30pm (bread and soup, £4.75), for 7pm, St Werburgh’s Café,
Free event for all
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We’re delighted to bring three fascinating people together in conversation about their very different organic journeys.

Garth Clark The Farmer: Garth Clark is Managing Director at the hugely successful Yeo Valley Farms in Blagdon, but he started his career as an organic sceptic. His straight talking, totally unpretentious and very practical views show the reasons for his change of heart.

Andy DibbenThe Social Pioneer: Andy Dibben is Farm Manager at The Community Farm in Chew Magna. He has been a shepherd, coppice worker and vegetable farmer. He talks passionately about people’s right to good food and is keenly aware of social issues in the countryside.

Lee HoldstockThe Conservationist: Lee Holdstock is the Soil Association’s Trade Relations Manager, though originally his interest was in conservation. His 15 year journey in organics has brought to life the wider benefits beyond conservation, benefits to the wider environment, to human health and even economic benefits.

phil gate smBetter Food Company’s MD Phil Haughton weaves these threads together to provide a bigger picture on why organic farming matters, now more than ever, as the healthy solution for all.

Mezze-style food and drinks available.

Saturday 20th September
Meet the Producer Day
All day, St Werburgh’s Store, Free

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Meet some of our favourite suppliers in store, try their wares and hear their stories. Visitors include The Community Farm, BodyMatter Granola, Hobbs House Bread and Natural Vitality. You can also try many of our own-made deli and café goods.

Plus, meet Sims Hill Community Farm, outside the shop.

Saturday 18th October
Share the Harvest Day
All day, Clifton Store, Free

Come and share the harvest with us, and celebrate our 4th birthday. We’ve got some of our favourite suppliers in store: try their delicious food and hear their stories.

Visitors include The Community Farm, BodyMatter Granola, Hobbs House Bread, Natural Vitality and Sunita. The Story organic chicken and pork will be ‘schmokin’ outside for sale in delicious Hobbs House buns. It’s also a chance to sample many of our own-made deli goods.

1st-18th October
Better Food Harvest Celebrations

All day, both Clifton and St Werburghs stores

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Early October is when Harvest officially happens for us, though new season treats are coming in all the time – think rosy apples, weirdly mis-shapen squash, juicy roots. All organic, local and fantastic. Our most prolific suppliers at this time of year are Joe Pardoe’s Organic Orchards and The Community Farm.

joe pardoe Joe Pardoe is a fourth generation fruit grower. On his Herefordshire farm he grows 19 acres of apples, 4.5 acres of pears, 1.5 acres of plums and 5 acres of cherries. Our MD Phil has worked with Pardoes since they became organic in the early 1980s.

tcf_squash14The Community Farm in Chew Magna grew out of Better Food itself and are our organic veg champions. A wonderful social and agricultural project, they also supply us with most of our vegetables. At this time of year, they really come into their own. For more about how to get involved, see


Macbeth at Tobacco Factory Theatres

3rd September – 20th September
Tobacco Factory Theatres

flyer design for macbeth theatre production at Tobacco Factory TheatresThe Better Food Company is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages this production.

Filter’s new version of Macbeth fuses Shakespeare’s corrosive, psychological thriller about ambition, power, witchcraft and sanity with innovative sound and music to take you on a strange, funny and scintillating journey to the epicentre of the “heat-oppressed brain”. Filter’s irreverent and contemporary recreations of the classics – Caucasian Chalk Circle, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – have gone down a storm in Bristol, the UK and across the world in the past few years.

Managing Director Phil Haughton says: “Like Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol’s independent and organic retailer, Better Food, strike their own path, in this case all the way to North Street, with delight and pride, to sponsor this fantastic production of Macbeth.”


The Community Clinic
Saturdays, 10am-4pm, St Werburghs

Just a little shout out for The Community Clinic who use the little room at the back of our St Werburgh’s store on Saturdays. They offer a wide range of holistic therapies at a really good price, with discounts for people on low incomes. To find out more,  visit the Community Clinic Website or contact Teresa on 07982 243 804.


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