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Join Us at the Feast – Welcome!

Some thirty-five years ago, back in the 1980s, an extraordinary thing happened in this country. The British discovered food.

Of course the French had been at it for centuries. And with the arrival of la nouvelle cuisine, plates of artfully crafted food became oh-so photogenic. British glossies and colour supplements lapped it up and the glamour of it all gave birth to our very own gastronomic revolution.

While catering as a career option used to be sneered at, now enthusiastic young Brits rushed to train in the kitchens of the Roux Brothers, Anton Mosimann and Raymond Blanc. All of a sudden, chefs crawled out of the shadows of society and became the toast of our television screens.

These were exciting times and here in Taunton, The Castle was in the thick of it. We won our first Michelin Star in 1984 - one of only fourteen hotel restaurants outside London to be awarded the distinction. And some years later, I published my two volumes of Great British Chefs – a book title that would have made pretty slim reading in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

So, a very special welcome to FeastTaunton. A festival of food & drink that would have been impossible to imagine a generation or two ago!

Quite properly, our focus is on the West Country, a region I regard as the larder of England. Our uplands and hill farms provide us with superb meat and game. Our lush pastures offer a fabulous array of dairy products, including dozens of world-class artisan cheeses. And our orchards, meadows and gardens supply us with a wonderful variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Not least, the waters around England’s south-west peninsula teem with the freshest fish and sea food.

Take a peek at our programme and join the celebration!

Kit Chapman MBE
Proprietor
The Castle Hotel

29th September 2018

Coffee Tasting

The talk will explain how Brazier Coffee create great tasting coffee and the process involved. You’ll also discover the difference between coffee varieties, enjoy latte art […]
29th September 2018

Dez Turland

The Development Chef of the Saunton Sands Hotel, Dez Turland, has had a rich and varied career in the culinary industry. After completing college in the […]
29th September 2018
Longman's Inspiring Dairy

Award Winning West Country Artisan Cheeses

The Longman Family have been farmers and farmhouse cheesemakers in Somerset for over 200 years. In the 1930s the current generation’s great grandfather, William Longman, started […]
29th September 2018

Russell Brown

Starting late in the game hasn’t slowed Russell Brown down. Not long after starting his culinary journey at 27 years old, he received Michelin-stardom. His first […]
1st October 2017
Angel Art Face Painting at Feast Food Festival in Taunton

Face Painting

Face painting provided by the talented Suzy of Angel Art. Charges as stated on the day, per session.
30th September 2017
Wicked Wolf

The History of Gin

Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin™ is a premium craft gin made from botanicals distilled on Exmoor. Their 11 botanicals are individually distilled and then expertly blended on […]
30th September 2017
Micro & Macro Nutrients

Micro and Macro Nutrients

What are macronutrients and micronutrients? Look at examples of nutritious carbohydrates, proteins and fats and understand the role they play in the body. Find out about […]