Sunday, 17 September 2017

Bath and the 2017 Great Bath Feast

Bath’s famous Jane Austen Festival may be over for this year, but never fear, something wicked(ly delicious) this way comes!

Every year for the past five years Bath has hosted its own city-wide food festival called the Great Bath Feast. For a fortnight each year Bath is filled with a plethora of special events to delight the taste buds:  

“The Great Bath Feast is giving locals and visitors the chance to taste new flavours, explore new skills and enjoy new culinary experiences. From independent restaurants, pubs and cafes to local food producers, Bath’s businesses will come together to create a festival of gastronomic delights.”

The whole programme of Feast events looks marvelous, but we’ve done our best to pick out a few of, what we feel, will be the big festival highlights.

The Great Bath Persian Feast
(September 23rd, 10am-2pm (repeated on September 30th and October 7th, 10am-2pm)

This is a combination of a demonstration, a workshop, and a lunch. Simi’s informal cookery courses offer examples of the celebrated cuisine and hospitality of Persia and Azerbaijan. They’re more like having dinner at a friend’s house than being at a formal class. (Vegetarian, vegan, dairy -free and gluten-free diets can all be catered for too!)

Flavours of Bath: Historical Tasting Tour
(September 23rd, 2:30pm (repeated on September 28th, 29th, 30th, and October 5th, 6th, 7th at 2:30pm)   
This was one of the big success events at last year’s Great Bath Feast, so it’s back again this year having been tweaked and made even better. In this tasting tour you’ll get the chance to sample the food and drinks which have put Bath on the historical food map, and will have some of the myths about the foods created here debunked (Sally Lunn and her buns are sure to play a role in this one!).

Fizz and Fish at The Scallop Shell
(October 1st, 12:30pm-4pm)
A one-sitting only event which sees the Guardian’s wine writer Fiona Beckett pairing a seafood feast with some of the very best sparkling wines and champagnes. Never again will you be stuck to know what wine to put with your shrimps, crab or lobster.  

Tea and Chocolate at Comins Tea
(October 1st, 3:30pm-5pm (repeated on October 4th, 6pm-7:30pm))
Tracy Chapman, Certified Chocolate Taster (what a job!), has teamed up with Comins Fine Tea Merchants to create one of our favourite events. Guests will be introduced and guided through five pairings of single origin tea and award-winning UK artisan chocolate. At the end each guest receives their own bag of tea and chocolate to take home with them. 

Around the World in 80 Bites
(October 6th, 5pm-9pm)
This will be a tempting array of internationally themed food stalls and dining experiences, all inside the
atmospheric shelter of Green Park Station. There’ll be lots to try, and great music to listen to – think street party atmosphere.

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