Guest post kindly provided by Chief Executive of Bath Tourism Plus Nick Brooks-Sykes
“Since we started the first Great Bath Feast just three years ago, Bath’s month long festival has grown to become one of the most talked-about events on the city’s already packed calendar! And this year, with over 150 events, the Great Bath Feast is going to be bigger and more exciting than ever!
At the heart of the programme is the celebration of local suppliers and restaurants; a chance for independent businesses to make a song and dance about what they serve and how they prepare it. From book signings to fine dining, from demonstrations to restaurant promotions, this is a Food Festival that does sociable and fun, whilst recognising that local ingredients and skilful preparation matter.
So what’s caught my eye so far? Well, we’ve got more than our fair share of top names coming to Bath in October – Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, Nathan Outlaw, Tom Kerridge and rising star Ruby Tandoh, to name just a few. Don’t miss The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Exhibition, on show for the first time in Bath at the Octagon in Milsom Place (9th-19th October). 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 (14th & 15th October).
We’ve also got some great, quirky events which are sure to delight…..for example, our Italian Job Safari Supper for lovers of Italian food. Want to be part of the most unique dining experience of the year? A fleet of brand new Minis will recreate the classic car sequence from The Italian Job with you in the action, whilst enjoying Bath’s best Italian Restaurants! 4 courses in 4 different restaurants, with a chauffeur service in between!
For those with a taste for social media, we have a Social Supper with a difference at the Bath Priory, with live tweets and video links from Chef Sam Moody as he works his Michelin-starred culinary magic in the kitchen. And Instagram will record the whole month’s festivities – just post your images using the hashtag #greatbathfeast.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the Harvest Festival, Bath Abbey will be hosting the mother of all Bake Sales, with groups from across the community bringing their best cakes, biscuits and breads to take part in the biggest bake sale that Bath has ever seen!
The Great Bath Feast Pavilion on Stall Street is back this year, with two weekends of chef’s demonstrations from the biggest names in the local food scene: the chef’s are out in force to show off their talents! And in between, we have a programme of demos and talks from City of Bath College, as well , which will allow a whole army of chefs to take residence on Stall Street for demos and tastings. Back by popular demand is the Chilli Eating Contest – are you brave enough to take on a the Bath Rugby lads? There’s also a chance to help decide the Great Bath Feast Bartender of the Year, as local mixologists go head to head to produce the best cocktails.
New for this year is the £10 Bath Feast, with many restaurants and retailers offering special £10 promotions – see here for full details www.greatbathfeast.co.uk/tenner-feast
The printed programme will be distributed from the beginning of September, but www.greatbathfeast.co.uk is already live, containing the full programme.
So, my advice is to start planning your diary for October, as tickets for many of the events are already in high demand.”