The Great Bath Feast (1-31 October)

Great Bath FeastThe Great Bath Feast 2014 prepares to serve up a sumptuous menu of events (1-31 October)

Top names from the culinary world are heading to Bath this October for more than 100 events during the Great Bath Feast including Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, Nathan Outlaw, Tom Kerridge, rising star Ruby Tandoh plus much home grown Bath talent including Ping Coombes, newly crowned winner of MasterChef 2014.

The Great Bath Feast is a month-long celebration, an excuse for visitors and residents to taste new flavours, learn new skills and seek out new experiences and above all enjoy themselves and socialise.  Famous for its hospitality in the Georgian era, today’s World Heritage city offers visitors a fabulous choice of hostelries and eateries and has many interesting foodie stories to tell from Baristas to Buns.  The Great Bath Breakfast incorporates all that is fresh and local into a full English and the Great Bath Feast Pavilion provides a busy hub of activity including an action packed cookery theatre.

A Feast for the Eyes

Just as the city is in itself a feast for the eyes, the theme for 2014 focuses on the imagery of food and the importance of stimulating all the senses.  A very special dining evening at the Holburne Museum of Art invites chefs to seek inspiration from art and create a “Feast for The Eyes”. The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year will be on show for the first time in the Bath at the Octagon in Milsom Place (9th-19th October). Great Bath Feasters will be encouraged to share images of amazing dishes during the month using # feastfortheeyes.

MasterChef 2014 champion creates a stir in the city

The sounds and smells of an authentic Malaysian Street Market come to Bath thanks to the city’s MasterChef 2014 Champion, Wan Ping Coombes who will be cooking up a storm with Chef Chris Staines at his restaurant, The Allium Brasserie on 14th & 15th October.  A popular winner, Ping’s pop up restaurant sold out in London and she says” the Great Bath Feast allows people to be as creative as they want to. It’s a really good campaign”.

Social Suppers

Social suppers range from pop up events like the Great Vietnamese Feast in the Bear Pad Café to the Great Bath Tweet Feast at the Bath Priory – more of a social media supper, with live streaming of video from the kitchen to watch Michelin starred cooking live.

Supper clubs at the Bertinet Kitchen will show and share the skills of Nathan Outlaw, Jenny Chandler, Richard Harris and Richard Bertinet and a feast of classic Italian cooking from Tuscany and Umbria with Valentina Harris. Menu Gordon Jones is laying on a Banquet, with a seven course tasting menu in his little gem of a restaurant. “Making a Meal of it” at Sally Lunn’s, located in Bath’s oldest house, offers the chance to rub shoulders, talk food and make supper with the lovely Sam Moody, Michelin starred chef from the Bath Priory.  Bini Ludlow who specialises in authentic Indian Gujarati food will be cooking up “warming dishes for cold nights” as a guest chef at the Newton Farm Shop.

Historical roots

Food historian and contributor to BBC’s Kitchen Cabinet, Dr Annie Gray presents “Cooking the Books” exploring the culinary secrets hidden away in rare manuscripts dating back to the 1600’s from the Archive of Bath Central Library. Dale Ingram from Sally Lunn’s will recreate recipes created by the famous 18th Century actress Sarah Siddon’s who regularly performed in Bath, among others. At Number 1 Royal Crescent Mr Adams the Butler is running a tutorial on the art and etiquette of dining in the18th Century.

The Great Bath Feast Pavilion programmes ten days of foodie action kicking off with the cookery theatre showing off the range of culinary expertise from Bath’s top chefs as well as cake decorating and cocktail master-classes.  Top billing goes to the Chili Superleague, when Bath Rugby play off Bath Netball in a chilli tasting contest to gauge how hot they can take it with chillies provided by nearby Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm.  Hear the fascinating story of Fungi Fruits; a mushroom farm in an urban setting using coffee grounds to grow oyster mushrooms, an inventive and sustainable approach to food production.

Provenance and Produce

Top chefs tend to gravitate to Bath, attracted by the wealth of West Country produce on their doorstep. Bath’s Saturday Farmer’s Market was the first in the UK and stalls sell seasonal ingredients every week in the thriving market located in Green Park Station where the Great Bath Apple Festival takes place on 19th October.  Plans include Cider Making with Honey’s Midford Cider, apple wood carving and apple bobbing.

Cookery schools offer hands on courses

Making the most of the produce grown in the region, hands-on courses at Demuth’s Vegetarian Cookery School take you around the world – to Persia, one of the oldest culinary traditions, with Bath expert Simi Razai; Japan for a master class with Sahiko Saeki from UMU; and to the exciting cuisines of South America and Turkey. Closer to home Demuths celebrates Bath on a Plate using local produce and The Riverford Veg Box evening, making the most of seasonal vegetables.

Selina Permalloo, winner of Masterchef 2012 will be sharing her passion for Mauritian cuisine at the Bertinet Kitchen where other guests include a Michelin starred Master-class by Peter & Jonray Sanchez from Casamia, pasta making with Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder from Hartnett Holder & Co and a guest appearance by Bake Off 2013 winner, Frances Quinn. Carluccio’s are also sharing some trade secrets with a hands-on pasta making and mushroom risotto classes.

Book Talks and Demonstrations

Typical of Bath’s independent retailers, Topping & Company brings extra zest to the city with its packed autumn programme including Tom Kerridge discussing his Best Ever Dishes; Bath’s famous baker, Richard Bertinet demonstrating recipes from his latest book, Patisserie Maison; Japanese Soul Food  with Tim Anderson and a talk, demonstration and tasting on “Crumb” by Ruby Tandoh on her passionate baking book and the second book from Bath’s Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen with chef/patron Richard Buckley.

The Great Bath Bake Sale

Bath is a city of bakers, famous for its buns and Mary Berry’s birthplace.Bath Abbey is hosting the “Great Bath Bake Sale” on 18th October, a new take on the WI cake sale in the parish church raising funds for the “Footprint Project” .  This bake sale is on a very grand scale with Richard Bertinet offering bread making classes for children followed by a glorious celebration of the harvest on 19th October with the choral Harvest Festival Service.

Fine Cheese Co. Festival at Milsom Place

The nation’s cheese champions gather in Milsom Place for the Fine Cheese Co. Festival on 25th October, a chance to taste the best artisan cheese and chat with the cheese makers.  Pete Humphries of White Lake Cheese is up for a 2014 SOFI Award with his Rachel Soft Cheese, the cheese equivalent of the Oscars, and expect to meet other skilled artisans from Somerset like Bath Soft Cheese, Keen’s Cheddar and Westcombe Cheddar as well as Ticklemore and Caws Cenarth and Trethowan’s Dairy from further afield.

Wine Tastings

The Great Bath Feast is not all about food, it also includes the annual Great Western Wines Portfolio Wine Tasting with over 100 wine producers in the Assembly Rooms – an appropriate venue as many of the best boutique growers are assembled in one place for tasting the world’s best wines. The company are planning a free tasting with Giovanni Mazzei among Tuscany’s best wine makers and a very special tasting dinner at the Olive Tree restaurant with Matteo Ascheri is one of the most talented winemakers in Piedmont, whose wines express elegance and refinement that is often over looked in today’s ‘instant fix’ world.

Raisin Wines is also running a series of food matching evenings. Bristol Wine School, Great Western Wines and Chris Staines, Executive Chef of the Allium Brasserie have combined their knowledge to create an evening of food and wine that will be relaxed, enlightening, bursting with flavour, both wine and food and definitely fun with eight course and eight delicious wines.

Brewing & gastropubs

Bath has a history of brewing and a strong pub culture. Meet Shane O’Beirne, the man behind the craft ales from Beerd Brewery the latest offering from Bath Ales, with a tasting at their successful venture, Graze in SouthGate. Gastropubs are getting creative with foodie prizes at the King William’s Great Bath Feast Pub Quiz and The Garrick’s Head and Marlborough Tavern celebrate local game as well as exploring Bath’s fascinating past with an evening entitled “History of Bath on a Plate”.

Tennerfeast

 The Tennerfeast offers autumn treats in venues across the city, all with a £10 price tag. For example Bath Ales will be serving ‘Jugged Forest Hare Pie’, served with mash and greens for £10 in their Bath hostelries, Hop Pole, the Salamader and Graze.  Great deals are also available on accommodation for foodie fans to stay in Bath, for details visit visitbath.co.uk.

Café Culture

Colonna & Small’s have yet again won UK’s top Barista and Bath’s café culture encompasses cool coffee shops as well as imposing venues like The Pump Room which has been dispensing style and hospitality for 200 years. Follow the #greatbunsinbath to check out what’s new on the tea time trail.

For more details of the festivals’ events, offers and promotions go to: www.greatbathfeast.co.uk

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