The Great Bath Feast is in full swing – and The Pig Guide’s got the hangovers to prove it! Having Feasted with a Farmer at Bath Farmers’ Market 20th birthday celebrations at Green Park Station on Saturday morning all the way through to dancing the night away after the Bath Good Food Awards ceremonies at the Apex Hotel on Sunday evening via Novel Wines‘ Annual Wine Tasting Party bridging the gap, what a fabulous opening weekend it turned out to be!
Huge thanks to the lovely Sherrie Eugene Hart and Pat Hart (Carib-Asian Cookery), Gallic superchef Michel Lemoine (Michel’s Kitchen), Dave Styles from Food is Fun, Gavin Lazarus and, of course, the Bath Farmers’ Market/Green Park Station team for working so hard to make Saturday so very special for all concerned. As for the merry band of locals, market regulars and totally tasty local producers that keep GPS rockin’ every Saturday morning: where would Bath be without you? Hugs all round.
On Saturday night, Novel Wines gave Bathonians the coolest, most tasteful let alone most fascinating wine tasting party we’ve ever been lucky enough to attend – good work, guys! And then, on Sunday, the glitzy Bath Good Food Awards at the glamorous Apex Hotel dominated the agenda. You can read the full lowdown on exactly who won which gong here; suffice to say, from a Pig Guide perspective on the thriving Bath food scene, everyone’s a winner – cheers,y’all! Meanwhile, if you’ve yet to investigate the newest kid on the Bath hotel block, see here for five Great Bath Feast ‘getting to know you’ Apex Hotel events.
Next stop on The Great Bath Feast voyage of discovery: this very evening (Tuesday 26 September), cocktails and canapés will be served on The Mint Room terrace; the Garrick’s Head are presenting a Festival of Game; and Rupert Taylor is whipping up a Vegetarian Feast at the Abbey Hotel. Amongst a selection of afternoon tea treats tomorrow (Wednesday 27 September), local artist Carole Waller will be hosting a very special Colour into Cloth afternoon tea at the Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel. But that’s not all that’s happening at the Gainsborough Bath Spa tomorrow… if you weren’t quick enough to book your tickets for this year’s Great Bath Feast Ambassador’s Dinner this time around (oh squeeeeal, we can’t wait!), worry not: we’ll be announcing news of our next exclusive dinner date with GBS head chef Daniel Moon shortly.
So, what are we doing on Thursday? We’re planning on treating ourselves to a lazy, post-Ambassador’s Feast Bucks’ Fizz breakfast at the Pump Room (a Great Bath Feast Tenner Treat, no less!) before getting dolled up in readiness for the Fiona Becket/Pong Cheese tasting event at Bath Recreation Ground – ooh, exciting! And Friday’s fun is already shaping up nicely too: we’ve got a choice between a Beer and Pizza splurge at Electric Bear Brewing Co and/or (could we really do both?) the seductive Sausage and Malbec pairing party at the Clifton Sausage, which just goes to prove: this year’s Great Bath Feast presents the most tasteful date-clash conundrums ever. Party on, Piggies? Wherever we turn, there’s something delicious going on this week.
*** Don’t forget! An amazing array of Great Bath Feast Tenner Treat deals are in full flurry now. Use them or lose them (well, until this time next year, at least)***
After months of planning, all manner of back-and-forth communications will all manner of tasty Bath-based food businesses and a heck of a lot of scheduling shenanigans, this year’s Great Bath Feast officially begins this Saturday 23 September. And, as you’d expect from the GBF Brand Ambassadors, The Pig Guide is poised to party!
The first stop on our packed agenda starts early on the morning of Day One itself: we’ll be at Bath Farmers’ Market at Green Park Station pretty much from sunrise, looking forward to celebrating BFM’s 20th birthday at their Feast with a Farmer event and making a host of local chefs including the fabulous Sherrie Eugene Hart and Pat Hart (Carib-Asian Cookery) and Gallic superhef Michel Lemoine (Michel’s Kitchen) feel very welcome indeed as share the secret of their culinary successes courtesy of live cookery demonstrations. There’ll be live music from Gavin Lazarus and his band too and, of course, as the market will be in full swing, plenty of opportunities to meet, mingle with and shop from a whole host of lovely local producers.
Next stop for us: we’re off to the glorious Novel Wines Annual Wine Tasting Party at the Hilton Hotel from 5pm – by Saturday night, we expect to be very tired little Piggies indeed! We won’t let that stop us from hurtling full-on into Sunday, though…
…which is, of course, Bath Good Food Awards day! Which local producer will be celebrating as the winners are unveiled on Sunday afternoon? Which chefs, restaurants, cafes, pubs and delis will be raising glasses to themselves and each other on Sunday evening? We’ll be tweeting the hottest news and gossip from both awards ceremonies as the results are announced – and no, we are not planning on getting up early the morning after!
Elsewhere on Saturday, Simi’s Kitchen will be hosting a Great Bath Feast Persian Feast Cookery Class from 10am; the first in a series of Great Bath Feast Savouring Bath Food Tours begins at the Visitor Information Centre on Abbey Churchyard at 2.30pm; there’s very special Afternoon Tea celebrating the Royal Crescent’s 250th anniversary at the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa from 1.30pm-6pm; a unique Sake Tasting hosted by Bath Beppu Friendship Association at BRLSI at 6pm; and local artist Natasha Clutterbuck’s uniquely beautiful Drawing the Harvest exhibition opens at Newton Farm Shop.
On Sunday, the Bath Artisan Market will dominate Queens Square, there’s an utterly gorgeous Harvest Sunday Lunch going on at Woolley Grange and the Apex Hotel are presenting a very tempting Roast Feast menu offering ultimate indulgence in their brand new restaurant. And remember: the amazing Great Bath Feast Tenner Treat deals will be tempting all of us in all manner of ways right across Bath, starting on Saturday and running all the way through until the very end of the Great Bath Feast.
Now that’s what we call an opening weekend menu! But don’t expect the pace to drop for one moment – this is just the start of Bath’s very own feast of foodie fun; let’s all make the very most of it.
As part of this year’s Great Bath Feast, the vibrant 3 Café Kitchen is hosting The Great Bath Scone Off on Friday 6 October… and The Pig Guide is proud to be amongst the panel of expert tasters who will be judging your efforts!
3 Café Kitchen has brought a whole new dimension to the meaning of café society in Bath. Based at Three Ways School in Odd Down, it opened to the public in July of this year and offers a bright, airy space in which to enjoy delicious locally sourced and homemade breakfasts, lunches, coffees and (of course!) scones. But there’s much more going on behind the scenes than a busy, thriving kitchen.
This fantastic initiative exists to give young people with special needs work experience and training in a real life café environment, the like of which they’re unlikely to experience or secure elsewhere. Over the next year, 3 Café Kitchen is aiming to facilitate 60 young people to complete work placements and gain qualifications as the team behind the initiative develop links with local employers and training providers in order to ensure that the young people have viable options to consider when they leave school.
“We’re really looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our new café as part of this year’s Great Bath Feast,” says Three Ways School Head Teacher Jo Stoaling. “This is an opportunity our students to be part of a community event that showcases what they’re capable of and invites the community into our school.” “I pride myself on my savoury scones, one of our signature dishes, so bring on the competition!” says 3 Café Kitchen chef Mark.
So: get your bake on, Bath! Participants are asked to register and make a £2.50 donation towards the ongoing fundraising for 3 Café Kitchen. All scones must be presented to the judging panel on the day of the competition, and the winning baker of savoury or sweet incarnations of the scone genre will be crowned Bath’s Best Scone Maker. To enter, call Amelia on 01225 838070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, address and telephone number.
While we’re on the subject of Three Ways School and the Great Bath Feast, the 3 Café Kitchen is also hosting a very special Showcase Evening on Saturday 30 September, which will put the spotlight on the café’s locally sourced, home cooked sharing platters. There are two sittings (5.30pm and 8pm), but space is strictly limited; book early to avoid disappointment.