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A guest review from Tom and James of their meal at The Cosy Club, Bath…thanks both! Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s nice to get out of Bristol from time to time, and so when a friend and I were invited over to Bath for a meal at (pan-Asian restaurant, obviously) Panasia, we jumped at the chance. Having been open for only eight months at the time of our visit, the venue is still fairly new, and we were keen to see how they were getting on… Read the rest of this entry »

Again…I know it’s not Bristol, but this place looks fantastic! Door 34 opened this week on Bath’s Monmouth Street, being billed as “Bath’s drinking den for cocktail lovers”… Read the rest of this entry »

Another post about an event in Bath from me today! Tickets are still available for a gala dinner and auction at The Hole In The Wall in Bath on Friday, June 10th, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South WestRead the rest of this entry »

It seems that we already have festivals for most of our favourite foods and drinks: cider, cheese, beer, chocolate, wine, and even chillis, to name but a few. A report from The Sun earlier this year claimed that around 20 million Brits pop out to a coffee shop each week, and stats from Mintel claim that the UK coffee market will be worth £976 millon by 2015. With such seemingly high levels of caffeine addiction, it was only a matter of time until the first UK coffee festival was announced.

Luckily for us South Westerners, this inaugural event is to be held in our neck of the woods, thanks to Linda Donaldson, organiser of the Bath Coffee Festival.

Taking place over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of May, this free-to-attend event will take place at Bath Rugby Club’s Recreation Ground. According to Linda, “Bath seemed the natural location for the UK’s first coffee festival as café society is such an important part of the city’s life. Bath has a large number of independent retailers as well as the big brands, and with its many other attractions, Bath is an ideal location.”

The “big brands” that will be exhibiting at the festival include such household names as Cafédirect, Taylors of Harrogate, Whittard of Chelsea and Caffé Ritazza. However, there will also be the chance to visit the stalls of smaller, local, independent brands such as Bath-based Carpuccino and Gillards of Bath, the Cornish Origin Coffee, and Bristol’s own Wogan Coffee.

The event is not just about sampling multiple cups of the stuff, however. Other diversions include visiting the stall of Derek Stansfield, who uses coffee as a medium for his watercolours. There will also be companies selling everything you need to make your favourite cuppa, from coffee machines to flavoured syrups, and access to the Take it Easy tent, where you will be served free coffee while being able to relax with a newspaper and live music.

A demonstration tent will also be in action over the course of the weekend, with festival-goers able to learn how to cook with coffee, create amazing latte art and have a demonstration from the South West’s Champion Barista, Jose Melim. If you’re still left wanting more, there will also be cakes, chocolates and ice cream (coffee-flavoured, of course!) to keep you going throughout the day.

With so much packed into the weekend, it’s amazing to see that entry to this event is free of charge! As Linda says, “The festival will be an excellent way for visitors to get excited about coffee in a beautiful city famed for its café culture and high end coffee shops.”

For more details, go to the Bath Coffee Festival website, or follow the organisers on twitter.com/bathcoffee.

“Food taster”. Sounds like an ideal job, really, but not one that us lowly members of the public could expect to do with no training!

That’s all set to change, however, if you live in the South West.Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th June sees the return of the country’s largest agricultural show – the Royal Bath & West Show. As their website says:

“From the country’s finest livestock, over 600 trade stands, the National Cheese Awards to the UK’s biggest cider competition, there really is something for everyone – family or food lover.”

Foodie highlights of the show include the country’s biggest cheese show, cider tasting and the biggest cider competition in the country, well-stocked food halls, and competitions to find the best local produce.

These competitions are where you could potentially be involved. Traditionally, the judging of the show’s exhibits has been done by a panel of relevant experts, such as cheese and cider makers. This year, however, for the first time, a member of the public will be invited to join these experts on the tasting panel.

According to Alan Lyons, Show Manager at the Bath & West Showground:

“With the South West being renowned as a food-lovers’ paradise and with the recent resurgence of interest in local provenance, we are fully expecting to be overwhelmed by applicants. We are taking this position seriously and all applications will be properly vetted.

“We truly believe that the observations of the man or woman in the street will prove invaluable in our quest to broaden the appeal of the show to a wider audience as well as raising the profile of one of the best food halls in the South West.”

Applicants who are shortlisted for the judging position will be informed of their success in April, and will then be asked to take a range of product taste tests and demonstrate their knowledge of issues around local and seasonal produce. One successful applicant will then spend a day at the show, tasting and judging a variety of products, including meat, fruit, fruit juice and yoghurt.

If that’s not enough, the lucky member of the public will be paid expenses and given tickets to the show for four people, and will also receive payment “in kind”, with the official press release suggesting that this payment could be in the form of products exhibited at the show.

I’ve sent off my application already (not that I’m expecting to be selected!) but for all those who are keen to try their hand, the application form and further details can be found here.

Good luck! 🙂


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