Bath is a handsome city at any time of year but in autumn it positively glows. Great food and drink is just one of many reasons to visit this golden Georgian gem. This is a city that attracts ambitious young chefs, drawn not just by the beauty of the place and the countryside that surrounds it, but by the provenance of the south-west. Typically, chefs work hand in hand with their suppliers to create menus that are both seasonal and locally sourced.
So for October, expect game and big wines; warming root veg and pumpkin soup; traditional puddings like apple and blackberry crumble; hearty pasta dishes. From beautifully sweet figs and crisp apples to earthy wild mushrooms and full-flavoured lamb and beef, October boasts a bumper crop of seasonal ingredients. This is soul food, so celebrate October’s rich bounty and make it your Great Bath Feast.
Plans are underway for the 2016 Great Bath Feast. You can get a taste of things to come from our 2015 highlights below...
For one night only, Bath’s Holburne Museum will be transformed into a Gin Palace for a gin tasting extravaganza in sumptuous surroundings. Learn more about the history of gin with a fascinating tasting of selected fine gins from the South West. Learn about how gin is made and its ‘therapeutic’ properties.
Blessed are the Cheesemakers
The Fine Cheese Company will be assembling the nation’s leading artisan cheesemakers in the unique setting that is Bath Abbey for a unique and slightly ‘pongy’ cheese festival called “Blessed are the Cheesemakers”. The festival will be in aid of Bath Abbey’s Footprint Appeal.
A deluge of artisan ewe, goat and cow’s cheese from across the South West will be on display for cheese lovers to discover.
Bubbling up a storm with Demuth’s
Demuth’s Vegetarian Cookery School, the UK’s leading vegetarian school, will be offering a packed programme including the chance to dive into the world of fermentation with Charlotte Pike, cook autumn fare with Riverford and sample some local vegan craft beers.
Take a walk with Christopher Robbins and learn how to forage for food in the unusual urban setting of Bath, a World Heritage City. Edible goodies will include foraging for sloe berries, blackberries and mushrooms. Andy Hamilton, author of Booze for Free, has been specially invited by Independent Spirit for a ‘Wild Booze Walk’ to explore where and how to successfully forage for booze on your very own doorstep.
Talks on a Plate with Topping & Company Booksellers
Other culinary celebrities include Anna Del Conte – the doyenne of authentic Italian cuisine – and Tom Kerridge whose Best Ever Dishes transports his cooking into the very home and heart of today’s modern kitchen. Tickets to culinary talks, courtesy of Bath independent bookstore Topping & Company Booksellers, will be available throughout the month October.
The Richard Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School (and guests)
After learning to make bread with French baker, Richard Bertinet, converts will never again buy mass-produced loaves with a clear conscience.
Partnered with Waitrose, who supply his bread throughout the UK, Richard will head a line-up of suppliers at a ‘teach-in’ evening in October.
Special guests will include Ben Tish from the Salt Yard group – a star of the London restaurant scene – and Dhru Baker, author of “Spice”.
Beer and Buildings
Created by The Campaign for Real Ale and RIBA, “Beer and Buildings” is a walking tour of Bath with a difference; it shows the finest hostelries across the city, some dating to when Bath bustled with historic and unusual coaching inns. Visit fifteen of Bath’s most interesting pubs, from historic gems such as The Bell to pubs with a contemporary interior such as Colonna and Hunter. Explore Bath’s beer culture from a truly unique perspective.
A Grand Wine Tasting
Great Western Wine brings its suppliers to Bath for a popular grand tasting at the impressive Assembly Rooms, with a portfolio tasting from over 100 boutique wineries from across the world and the South West of England. Learn how to spit and slurp with the best of them!
Green Park Station in Bath is home to the UK’s very first Farmers’ Market, a thriving weekly market selling fresh local and regional produce.
Fledgling foodie businesses include Green Park’s Urban Mushroom Farm, Fungi Fruits, where mushrooms are cultivated below ground in a surreal environment thanks to the recycled and discarded coffee grounds from coffee shops and various eateries across Bath.
Apple Fest With A Vintage Twist of Nostalgia
Green Park Brasserie will be celebrating Apple Day with a Friday night Cider and Apple Festival with a penchant for all things apple and cider based.
Kitchenalia by Bath VA will also be presenting a nostalgic fair dedicated to vintage kitchen paraphernalia including china, moulds, glassware and furniture.
Hartley Farm Teepees
Queen Square becomes the hub of the Great Bath Feast with the Hartley Farm Teepees. Meet the producer, butchery demos, and cooking with their famous Big Green Eggs.
For details of this year’s festival calendar and how to book your tickets visit www.greatbathfeast.co.uk
If you require somewhere to stay during this event, visit the Accommodation section of our website. This will provide you with an online booking service for accommodation in Bath and the surrounding area. Alternatively, contact our personal accommodation booking service: + 44 (0) 844 847 5256.
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