Award winning chefs to stage banquet with a difference

Ashton Gate Stadium has joined forces with award winning chef Josh Eggleton and Team Love’s CIC Team Canteen to create a unique fundraising event.

Anti Banquet, which is taking place in October,  will raise vital funds for Bristol’s Local Food Fund.

The project is run entirely by volunteers who care about food, community, sustainability and making a positive difference by supporting community food causes.

Presented by Bristolian celebrities Jayde Adams and Joe Sims, The banquet scene will be turned on its head by the event.

The aim is to unite people to raise funds for Bristol’s food community initiatives and food charities.

This ground-breaking event aims to combat food inequality and enhance community cohesion through the power of local food.

Bristol businesses have the unique opportunity to purchase tables for local charities and worthy causes, whilst their bosses roll their sleeves up in the kitchen, or donate a table to one of the excellent local causes helping communities tackle food insecurity.

Executives from sponsoring companies will be invited to join the kitchen team or serve the guests as a member of the front of house team.

Around 700 attendees, including emergency service personnel, charity workers d those who rarely have the opportunity to attend gatherings, will be invited to Ashton Gate for the event.

Bristol’s most exciting chefs will take charge of the kitchen, preparing a delectable dinner for the guests. Bristol’s Josh Eggleton will work alongside Peter Sanchez Iglesias, who runs two of Bristol’s most renowned restaurants; Michelin-starred Paco Tapas and Casa and Ben Harvey, who is the executive chef at Bianchis and Pasta Loco.

Cornwall’s Jude Kereama will join the line up, famous from his appearance on four series of the Great British Menu, reaching the final in 2021.

Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, perhaps best known as one half of the presenting team for Channel 4’s long-running Sunday Brunch will complete the kitchen line up, alongside the city’s chief executive.

Pastry chef, Hannah Cately, who featured on Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals will also join the impressive line-up.

Josh Eggleton, said:  “This is a unique opportunity to make a real change for some of Bristol’s most vulnerable residents. Some brilliant chefs will be giving up their time to work alongside the leadership of Bristol businesses to create an amazing night for Bristol’s hard working charity sector, public sector teams and their own workforces. As the cost of living crisis worsens, we must secure the future of Bristol’s community food charities to make sure they can keep delivering their services to those most in need in our city.”

Programmed by Team Love, Team Canteen have curated an unforgettable lineup of comedy, music, and entertainment, featuring some of Bristol’s finest talents, including the Invisible Circus.

Expect an immersive experience, transforming Ashton Gates hospitality suites into an evening of spectacle and sparkle.

The event has so far gathered support from sponsors such as Bristol Beer Factory and Arthur David, who are generously supporting the event.

Bristol  faces the reality of being one of the most ‘unequal’ cities in the UK, with 12 per cent of its residents relying on food banks weekly and experiencing food insecurity.

By participating in the Anti Banquet by purchasing and donating tables, attendees will contribute to the ambitious goal of raising more than £100,000 for the Bristol Local Food Fund.

Donations will support vital community food projects in Bristol, helping to safeguard the most vulnerable individuals in our community from food poverty.

Community Interest Company (CIC), Team Canteen channels support and resources from the local hospitality industry to play its part in reducing food insecurity in Bristol.

Diversity, inclusion, participation and sustainability are at the heart of the organisation as it supports charities and projects in Bristol to increase access to healthy food.