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April 16, 2014

Well, it’s been a while – plenty of stuff sloshing around in my head I want to get down here but time seems to be filled with so many other things right now.  Anyway, the following will have been by some of you already because it’s been published on my Café website and mailed out already to my subscribers.  However, I thought it is worth repeating because sometimes the importance of family is forgotten when we are caught up in our own worlds and lives.

Some people don’t have a family, or not much of one anyway.  Some people have enormous ones, with extensions to at least fill an east wing two.  For some family is made up of friends, chosen and loved unconditionally.  I am very, very lucky because I have both an enormous and extended family and a handful of friends who date back to prehistoric times (sorry gels) with whom I have seen thick, thin, fat, baggy, fun, laughter, tears, abject misery and that thing simply called life.

The following bit is about two of my brothers, and me, and our businesses in Bristol.   Read on.

We are family…
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Keeping it in the family.

On being number 9.

I am Liz and I am number 9.  Phil is number 6.  Barny is number 3 (almost 2 – pipped to the post by his twin).  We are some of the Haughtons, sometimes known as Bristol’s organic food mafia, although anyone less like a mafioso you’d be hard put to find (picture the Godfather in wellies…). We three are in the good food business, specifically sustainable, organic, local and delicious.  

We are all taking part in the first ever Bristol Food Connections Festival which runs

from Thursday 1st May to Sunday 11th May, “bringing people and good food together” (note the word ‘good’ – there is no MaccyDs in there).  It is sponsored and supported by the BBC among other more local institutions and is a very big deal, adding to Bristol’s already vast cultural landscape (water slide on park Street anyone?!).

Some events are free, others cost.  I urge you not to plump only for the freebies – there is stuff going on which requires money, for example Better Food Journeys, but is more than worth it – no one is getting rich on these events, but simply wanting to share information, ideals and the joy of good food and how it is produced, and how doing it right can, and will, make the world a better place.

As siblings sometimes we step on each other’s toes, sometimes we give a leg up. Today I want to big up my family, especially Barny, at Square Food Foundation , and Phil, The Better Food Company,  who have put body and soul into bringing Bristol the absolute best in food for over 30 years (yes, they really are that old), from growing to cooking, selling ingredients to producing them, cooking and serving them at work, home, in fields and in poly tunnels, restaurants, manor houses, halfway houses and refuges of all kinds.  As their (much) younger sister I have worked with and for them, been inspired, awed, annoyed and taught a great deal by them both. I invite you all to take a journey with them, and me, at our events during this festival and after.

For Square Food’s Festival events click HERE
For Better Food’s Festival events click HERE
For The Folk House Café Festival events click HERE

If you want to learn how to cook fabulous food go and see Barny.

If you want to buy the ingredients to cook fabulous food go and see

If you can’t be bothered to do either of those things come and see

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  1. susanna permalink
    April 16, 2014 1:46 pm

    As number 1 (although without the fabulous food credentials to back me) I’d like to raise several very loud cheers in the direction of these three amazing siblings. Long live the Haughton food campaign and the wonderful meals that go with it. And for families too. Love ’em or hate ’em (and one sometimes does, but not often and not for long) families are the friends who never go away.

  2. April 16, 2014 3:08 pm

    Great post Liz.

    I for one have your brother Barny to thank for being one of my Mentors for many years, he still is. He has also become a good friend to me.

    Barny is a awesome teacher.

    I sometimes wonder how many cooks who went on to greater things have passed through his kitchen, I could name a few.

    Barny is an unsung hero of the culinary culture of Bristol and even further a field.

    Best regards

    • April 17, 2014 11:43 am

      Thanks Fergus!
      Barny is the Godfather of Bristol chefs – one day we should do a head count of all his protegées (spelling??) and see where they all are now.


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