The BMCS Islamic Cultural Fayre is run by the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society which is a cross-cultural group of Muslims from communities across Bristol. The big calendar event of the year is always the summer cultural fayre, held in Bristol’s largest park, Eastville Park, and attended by well over 12,000 visitors every year. The fayre is now in its ninth year and is going from strength to strength each year.

BMCS Cultural Fayre

 


This year it took place on Sunday 6th August and it was a glorious day with a rare gift of sunshine all day. The ice cream vans and food stalls were out in force and had queues for days… but the food was amazing, especially the street food sellers, and the ice creams most welcome in the heat.


BMCS Cultural Fayre
BMCS Cultural Fayre

BMCS Cultural Fayre

There were arts and crafts stalls, clothing, books, sweets, meeting the local business owners, lots of stalls for the foodies, public health and information stalls, community liaison officers from the ambulance service, fire service and police, as well as a fun fair and fairground games stalls.

For me it was the first time in 7 or 8 years that I have attended as a visitor, as the past few years I have exhibited with my jewellery brand. This year I could just kick back and enjoy the day, soaking up the sun and meet the stallholders and talk to the locals in my community.

BMCS Cultural Fayre

The first business I made a bee-line for was Amin & Yasmin’s A-Z of Islamic Signs. I bought a few copies for my children and one as a gift for their school. As a member of the hard of hearing community, promoting effective communication between the hearing and non-hearing is a priority for me and my family.

BMCS Cultural Fayre

Here my sister and nephew are meeting with Aminul, co-owner of Amin & Yasmin books. My nephew wasn’t sold on the books, but my niece was more receptive!

BMCS Islamic Cultural Fayre

There’s a full book review coming in a few days, and you’ll hear more about the book, it’s origins and get a sneak peek inside.


BMCS Islamic Cultural Fayre

Another Muslim run business that caught my eye was MF Foods. They make halal Italian sauces from traditional Italian recipes but skipping the red or white wine and other haram ingredients. The end result are high quality sauces with a home-made feel. They even have a halal balsamic vinegar! I love a god balsamic vinegar as salad dressing but ever since I discovered that they’re always made with red wine (astaghfirullah), that put a stop to that. These are launching in supermarkets later this year, so keep an eye out for them!


Here’s what the local community have to say about the BMCS Islamic Cultural Fayre.

The date for 2018 has yet to be announced but it will be in August 2018. Entry is free and there are ample parking facilities on site.┬áThere really is something for everyone, and it’s just a good, clean fun day out on our doorstep.