September 22 2017

The Great Bath Feast begins!

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.

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