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LOVE LOCAL


The Ultimate Chef’s FEAST


This August, Liam Finnegan is bringing together some of the West Country’s biggest culinary names for three unforgettable days of fun and feasting…


“It’s a brilliant buzz” says Liam Finnegan, Head Chef of The Castle at Taunton; “It’s a feast, a gathering and an opportunity to enjoy some of the best food Somerset has to offer”. Liam is the mastermind behind FEAST


Festival: A three-day celebration of West Country food and hospitality. From the farmers who rear organic livestock to the microbreweries that are putting the South West on the map; his foodie-focused event aims to share everything unique about this vibrant part of the world. We met with Liam on a sunny morning


in May, while he and his hard-working team were in the process of planning what promised to be the best FEAST Festival yet. We sat in one of the chic booths of Brazz Restaurant while the top chef explained how he conceived of the idea and brought us up to speed on what to expect from this year’s festivities... “I just felt that we could do something really


food-focused that would bring the spotlight onto Somerset and the talented producers in this county” he continued, “One thing we know we can do well is good food and good


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hospitality, so hosting a feast seemed like a no brainer”. One of the major lures of FEAST has to be


the chef ’s dinners that finish off each day’s festivities. Te event has attracted some big names in the past, with top chefs including Rick Stein, Te Tanner Brothers and Jude Kereama participating in the evening feasts. Tis year is no exception, with big names like Michael Caines MBE, Josh Eggleton, and Dominic Chapman already lined up to take part in one of three exciting evenings of feasting. But despite the undeniable glitz and


glamour of proceedings, it’s clear that Liam and his team are genuine about their desire to use the festival to highlight Somerset and West Country produce. Feast owes much of its success to the team of passionate local foodies who support its running. Tis year, Somerset Larder and Arthur David both lend their support as sponsors of the festival and a myriad of local suppliers and producers will be on hand to make the event a hit with all the family; with daily workshops, cooking demos and an abundance of foodie stalls.


“We’re not trying to be ‘different’” Liam


politely explains, “I see FEAST as more of a social event. We want to get as many people involved as possible. Tat’s why this year - our third year - we’ll be scaling back to two formal feasts and one fun social event that is open to as many people as possible.”


FEAST 2019 Te evening of Tursday 29th will kick off Feast 2019 with a relaxed, stripped back affair. Te Castle Hotel will open its doors to festival guests with a series of interactive eating stations, with a foodie spread offering everything from burgers to sushi. Ticket prices are designed to be affordable and will include 5 tokens to exchange at food stations of your choice. It’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun and an excuse to let your hair down and enjoy some delicious food. Meanwhile, Friday and Saturday night are


both set to be a glitzy affair; with a Joseph Perrier Champagne reception starting the evening off in style, followed by four-courses, wine tasting and some of the best food the West Country has to offer. Paddy Magill, from Vine Wines, will be on hand to perfectly pair wines


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