The Great Bath Feast
It's almost time to celebrate the very best tastes and flavours that our great city has to offer foodie folk near and far, because... The Great Bath Feast is back! From Saturday 23rd September, there will be two weeks of gastronomic thrills that'll do more than just tickle your tastebuds! From fabulous farmer's markets to cookery classes, from supper clubs to wine tasting parties, there will be Jane Austen themed banquets to midweek meals for just £10 too (at participating businesses). The event line-up is jam-packed, so be sure to check out what's on the menu at greatbathfeast.co.uk...
But for now, I invite you to join me here as I take us on a sneak peek tour of what delicious delights The Great Bath Feast has in store for you this autumn. Time to whet your appetite? I think so...
Last Monday, I attended a media preview trail (thanks to Visit Bath's kind and generous invitation) alongside a group of influential food bloggers, so that we could highlight to our readers some of the businesses taking part in The Great Bath Feast. We began our foodie trail at The Bertinet Kitchen on St Andrew's Terrace, which so happens to be home to the world's best salted caramel brownies and almond croissants (ask any Bathonian, I'm sure they'll agree!)
Award-winning French chef and master baker, Richard Bertinet, taught us how to make fougasse white flatbreads which we sculpted into pretty patterns ready for the oven. We soon learnt the art of rolling olive stuffed breadsticks too.
"Show the dough who's boss!"
For if you do, you'll achieve a perfectly light and risen loaf... Huge thanks to Richard Bertinet for sharing his invaluable baking prowess with us - it was a privilege to be in his company!
From bread baking demonstrations to a historical tasting tour with Cheryl from Savouring Bath. For this we moseyed on over to Bath Guildhall Market where we sampled foods that have put Bath firmly on the historical food map of the UK. From candied peel (a popular 18th/19th century confectionary) to Bath Chaps (find out more on the tour!) and Wyfe of Bath (not from The Canterbury Tales, but from Bath's oldest cheesemongers; Nibbles Cheese!) A wonderfully creamy, nutty cheese by The Bath Soft Cheese Co that we enjoyed with Bath Oliver biscuits invented here in Somerset in c.1750. (I attended a Savouring Bath tour last summer and had a fantastic time. Find out what we got up to in Part One and Part Two)...
Next on our trail was a lovely light lunch at Chez Dominique on Argyle Street. An absolute gem in Bath's restaurant scene, Chez Dominque, with picturesque views of Pulteney Weir, belongs to Chris and his wife Sarah. They welcome you to experience French cuisine served in a warm and hospitable setting.
Remember I mentioned that during The Great Bath Feast you can dine out for as little as £10 at some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, pubs and eateries? Well get yourselves down to Chez Dominique, as they will be offering a tasty 'Tenner Treat' during the festival.
This was a sleeves-up, elbows-on-the-table, get-stuck-in job, because those Cornish mussels in cider, leek and Alsace bacon broth were fabulous! As was the chilled glass of Jean de Laroche Sauvignon Blanc. All for just £10. A steal, right?
If you can't go a day without devouring something sweet, we are certainly singing from the same hymn sheet! Time to head to Bath's newest four-star hotel; Apex City of Bath...
The decor in their smart restaurant was suitably autumnal :)
If anyone knows how to make desserts, these guys certainly do! After many moments of capturing the perfect shots (being in the company of fellow food bloggers is great because it means you don't have to explain why you're taking the same shot from twenty different angles!) we settled down to what I can only but call...
... sweet o'clock.
Chef Ben Abercrombie treated us to a tremendous spread...
Here we have 'Mead, Pear, Lemon Polenta Cake and Yoghurt Sorbet.'
The stand out dish for me was this irresistible 'Tonka Bean Ice Cream Sandwich with Ginger Snaps and Roasted Plums.'
Like what you see? Soon you'll be able to tuck into an indulgent seven-course taster menu at just £50 pp and enjoy a feast fit for kings over at Apex City of Bath. I can't wait to take Scott!
Visit Bath sure know how to throw a fabulous foodie trail! From one feast to the next, and an Afternoon Tea Bus Tour with Brigit's Bakery. All aboard the fully refurbished 1960's London Routemaster!
Taking in the sights of the city, we looked out on some of Bath's famous landscapes whilst tucking into tea and cake...
After this, we hopped off the bus and made our way over to Sub 13 to find out what they will be getting up to during The Great Bath Feast too...
This Bath cocktail bar will be hosting a 'Bartender of the Year' competition. Ten Bath bartenders will be taking part in a battle to earn the title of 'Bath's Best Bartender 2017'. That sounds like a crown worth fighting for!
So don't forget to cheer on the bartenders at Sub 13 on October 8th - their cocktails will be sure to get you in the spirit, especially this cracking G&T!
Now that's a wrap from me and where our fantastic foodie media preview trail comes to a close.
It's time to make the most of what The Great Bath Feast has to offer from Saturday 23rd September through to Sunday 8th October. Let me know where you visit and tag me on Instagram or Twitter if you get snap happy!
(*I have created three videos throughout this post, don't forget to give them a whirl!)
With thanks to Visit Bath and The Great Bath Feast!