Feast, a weekend long celebration of the best of Westcountry food and drink comes to Taunton at the end of September. The event will be launched at The Castle Hotel with a dinner by renowned chef, Michael Caines on Friday 29th September, and a second dinner on the Saturday evening with four Great British Menu chefs – Dominic Chapman, Josh Eggleton, Jude Kereama and Emily Watkins. Throughout Saturday and Sunday expect to find Castle Green packed full of local food and drink suppliers arranged by Click Your Heels and By Invitations Events.
In the Castle Hotel you’ll find a demonstration kitchen bringing together some of the South West’s best chefs, keen to share their tips and recipes with you, compered by Steve Ashworth, a well-known foodie face in the South West and Jo Rees of Food Magazine, Feast’s official media partner. In other areas of the hotel you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of talks including ‘Five Medicines from your Spice Rack’ from medical herbalist Laura Carpenter, and ‘Foraging’ with Greg Power from Blightly Bushcraft, who will talk about some of the wonderful treats to be found in our woodlands and hedgerows.
If you’re a hands-on type of person then look out for the workshops. There will be something for everyone - wine tasting with Wraxhall Vineyard and the chance for you to make your own sausages with Ivan Thompson of Sausage Shed are just two of the exciting themes.
There will be plenty of fun for the whole family with children’s activities taking place in the hotel’s garden, whether you want to make a healthy snack or turn your hand to painting one. Feast is a community event for those interested in eating, drinking and learning about the delights produced and sold on our doorstep. It has been arranged by a team of five, with ‘Arthur David, Food with Service’ being the main sponsor. To get your hands on free tickets for the talks and workshops, and to book the celebrity dinners, make sure you sign up at www.feasttaunton.co.uk and you’ll be one of the first to know when tickets are released. Tickets for each event are strictly limited.
Feast launches on Friday 29th September with a dinner cooked by Michael Caines at The Castle Hotel. The family fun, workshops, talks, cooking demos and the market of local food and drink suppliers are all open from 10am - 5pm Saturday 30th September, 10am - 4pm Sunday 1st October. Workshops and talks are free but must be pre-booked at www.feasttaunton.co.uk