Feast Taunton returns to Castle Green this September 29-30 with a cracking line-up of greedy activities, foodie demos and sumptuous suppers. Pack an appetite, a roomy tote and a keen eye for incredible produce; these are the five things you won’t want to miss at the festival this year
1. Feasts at Feast
Across the weekend, ten award winning chefs host four fabulous feasts in aid of local charity Love Musgrove. The line-up of sumptuous suppers commences on Thursday evening when James and Chris Tanner of Barbican Kitchen will go head to head at The Castle, preparing four wonderful wine-matched courses. Friday welcomes the BBC Great British Menu South West chefs to the kitchen, while Saturday sees Phil Howard of Elystan Street stepping up to the pass. Find out more about the Feast feasts here.
2. Future foodies
Round up the future foodies and head to The Museum of Somerset courtyard for an afternoon of greedy fun. From puzzles and painting to colouring and collaging, the GoCreate Taunton team will run a jam-packed schedule of arts and crafts for little ones to get stuck into.
3. Champagne sipping and scone scoffing
Join the Joseph Perrier Champagne Masterclass at The Castle where wine connoisseur and head of Joseph Perrier UK, Martin, will share 30 years of champagne experience via a guided tasting. Exploring six different styles from across the Champagne region, the small group will taste their way through the precision and skill behind each bottle.
The sparkling wine showdown isn’t the only drool-worthy event going down in The Castle’s plush penthouse. The Afternoon Tea Masterclass is sure to entice sweet-toothed foodies and speciality tea lovers for an afternoon of fancy thrills. Loose-leaf expert Dananjaya Silva, managing director of P.M.David Silva & Sons Tea, will pass on his superb brew knowledge while guests scoff clotted cream-slathered scones, decadent cakes and dainty finger sandwiches.
4. Sharpen your knife skills
Make sure to study the Arthur David Chef Demo Marquee schedule as a different chef will be showcasing their skills every hour across the weekend. The stonking line-up of South West talent includes Richard Guest of the Augustus, Dez Turland of Saunton Sands Hotel and The Castle’s Hugh Hazelwood.
5. Catch the buzz
Taunton Beekeeping Association will be joining the Feast festivities at The Castle’s Norman Garden across the weekend to give an insight into the life of bees. Experts will be on hand to share knowledge on how we can help to preserve bee habitats and the fascinating role the insects play within the food journey. End your frolics in the garden on a sweet high and pick up a pot of Taunton honey to take home.