The Great Bath Feast: preview

The Great Bath Feast 2015 will take the south-west by storm this October. Expect tastings and tutorials, tea parties, tepees and a totally wacky after-dark Mad Hatter’s Masquerade Dinner. Read on for our preview, plus exclusive tips of where to go and what to eat from olive magazine editor, Laura Rowe.

Laura’s highlights

I’ve got so much love for Bath, and its annual Great Feast, not least because it’s my old ‘hood. I’ll be heading back to this beautiful city during October for my own event on the 17th (the launch of my new book, Taste, at quirky independent book shop Topping & Co), but I’m also really looking forward to the Chef’s Lunch at The Bath Priory on 1 October, that will see Bath’s only Michelin-starred chef, Sam Moody, join forces over a five-course tasting menu with top chefs from across the South West including Gidleigh Park’s Allister Barsby and Buckland Manor’s Will Guthrie.


Chris Staines and MasterChef winner Wan Ping Coombes (main picture, above) are also collaborating for a second year at Allium at the Abbey Hotel, on 7 and 8 October for their Malaysian-inspired menu, but book fast – this event is usually a sell out!

What else to look out for 

* This year’s Great Bath Feast will kick off on Thursday October 1 with a Mad Hatter’s Masquerade Dinner, that marks the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. It will be held in the surroundings of The Old Theatre Royal Bath, home to the Bath Masonic Lodge. Join Alice, The Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter for a five course tasting menu prepared by a team of Bath’s most creative chefs.

The Holburne Museum will be transformed into a gin palace, highlighting specialist gin producers including Bath’s own Gin Company.

The Apple Day at Green Park Brasserie includes a special cider-making demo by The Two Thirsty Gardeners, allotment growers who have turned their glut of produce into alcoholic concoctions.

* Half term visitors to the city will be able to follow the Healthy Scarecrow Trail from October 19, with a competition for local schools to create the best healthy scarecrow.

Beer & Buildings is Bath’s first architectural pub trail, highlighting 15 of the city’s most interesting and well stocked pubs. Including stop-offs at The Star (dating from 1760) and The Old Green Tree, which boasts an extensive range of real ales. For a full list of pubs on the trail visit beerandbuildings.com

* Special guests at the Bertinet Kitchen in October will include Ben Tish from the Salt Yard group and Dhruv Baker, author of Spice, and both will be holding masterclasses.

* There are dozens of £10 restaurant meal deals to enjoy as part of The Great £10 Feast

To find out more about the 100+ events going on in Bath this October, click here.

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