Andi Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts: Andi is in Bristol, putting on a party with a Caribbean flavour

​Wednesday: Andi Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts (BBC2, 8pm)
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As the host of Great British Menu, she knows a thing or two about organising extravagant meals for extraordinary people – and regular viewers will also know that she’s pretty fabulous.

However, that’s not the only aspect of her CV that makes this series perfect for her. As a singer in the 80s punk band Rip Rig and Panic, Andi’s life has always been filled with music and art, and the warehouse parties she threw in the 1980s have become legendary.

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She’s also behind some groundbreaking pop-up restaurants, and she’s a big believer in the power of food to bring people together.

Andi is in Bristol, putting on a partyAndi is in Bristol, putting on a party
Andi is in Bristol, putting on a party

Essentially, there’s no one better qualified to help people who want to throw the perfect party to celebrate their local communities or say thank you to someone who has helped them.

So, it’s little wonder that Andi has been enjoying throwing herself into the show. She says: “This series is all about feeling good and remembering why people are great. We have been travelling up and down the country meeting the most extraordinary human beings who are working on a real human level. That’s why I have been having such a good time, it’s been really amazing!”

In this second episode, Andi is in Bristol to meet Jasper Thompson, who is behind a pioneering homeless project which transforms shipping containers into temporary accommodation.

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Now, he’s looking to raise awareness about his new community café, and he’s recruited Andi to help with the launch party.

She sets about putting together a special feast that draws on her and Jasper’s roots in Antigua and Jamaica, as well as Bristol’s wider Caribbean heritage, using only the best local produce.

It’s not just the food that needs their attention though, as the café requires a full refurb. Can they get it ready in time to bring together the locals?

This party may sound like a major logistical undertaking, but Andi points out that you don’t have to be the host with the most to throw a memorable bash yourself.

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She says: “It’s interesting really because I have always had parties even when I didn’t have any money.

“Even when I had five or 10 pounds…. If you have got 10 pounds you can buy chicken wings, you can buy rice, you can buy salad. That is a party right there. Get the tunes, get the lighting right and you have got a party. It doesn’t take much to make a party happen. It’s about intent and it’s about opening your heart.

“I have always done it. Especially when I was a single parent and I didn’t have the money to go out, it was a really good way to make sure I still had a good social life.”

She adds: “So, when I say party, they can be all shapes and sizes. A party can be six people, it can be 60 people. It can be 80 people; it can be eight people. It’s about the energy in the room. It is essential energy. It’s all you need.”