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Win a hamper of west country goodies The last two annual Flavours of the West food festival held in central Bath were so popular that organisers are holding another one this year, on the weekend of 2 and 3 July, which gives shoppers the chance to spend a leisurely few hours at Milsom Place sampling the best of local food and drink. The courtyards provide an ideal setting for a street market of stalls, offering free tastings as well as the chance to meet the artisan producers and buy their wares. The Octagon will be transformed into the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre for the duration, hosting demonstrations from such foodie luminaries as Xanthe Clay, Richard Bertinet, Rachel Demuth and Martin Blunos. One of the success stories of previous festivals is The Bath Pig, which produces a range of British chorizo, using free range British pork. Matthew Chiles, owner of the Bath Pig Company, said: “Two years ago when we launched our chorizo at Milsom Place, we were bright-eyed and bushy tailed entrepreneurs, running blindly into the wonderful world of cured sausages. Today we are exhausted, overworked, but overwhelmed. From Inverness to Penzance from Dublin to
A new arrival Stepping neatly into the space vacated by the Moon and Sixpence is the French restaurant, Côte Brasserie, which opens in Milsom Place on Wednesday 8 June. The national chain was awarded the Best Value Restaurant in the UK by the Good Food Guide in 2009. It will be bringing its own brand of value meals from breakfast through to nightfall. Typical dishes include steak frites, tuna Nicoise, moules marinieres and Breton corn-fed chicken, although shoppers are free to call in for a mid-morning coffee. There will be a weekday lunch and early evening menu at £9.95 for two courses and £11.90 for three courses. The new restaurant will bring 40 jobs to the city too.
Norfolk, our chorizo are stocked in some 400 shops and 50 restaurants.” The Bath Magazine readers are invited to win a hamper from the Flavours of the West festival at Milsom Place, packed with delicious goodies from the producers at the foodie fest. The hamper will be assembled for the winner and will include some of the following items: award-winning cheese by Caws Cenarth, Gould Cheddar and Bath Soft Cheese, British chorizo from the Bath Pig; sweet delights from Bristol-based Crumpet Cakes and Serious Treats, jam by Gratton & Oldridge and local brews from Bath Ales and organic wine by Avalon Vineyard. Simply answer this question to be in with a chance of winning: What is the name of the free cookery demonstration theatre at Flavours of the West? Send your answer on a postcard to Flavours of the West, The Bath Magazine, 2 Princes Buildings, Bath BA1 2ED or email email@example.com. The deadline for entries is Monday 27 June. The prize winner will be invited to collect their hamper in person on the Sunday afternoon from Milsom Place.
Gurkha Fine Foods, which produces authentic Nepalese curry sauces and chutneys from its base in Neston, near Corsham, is now supplying the Chandos Deli in George Street. Iain Keith-Smith, who owns Chandos, said: “HillBoy, a roasted chilli condiment with a smoky flavour and crunchy texture, is my favourite product in the range.” Visit Gurkha Fine Foods at: wwwgurkhafinefoods.co.uk
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A warm sunny welcome Bringing the warmth of Italy and the impeccable customer service of California to a little corner of Bath is Filippo Maodda, pictured, the new general manager at Browns restuarant in Orange Grove. On summer evenings Browns has one of the best spots in the city to enjoy outdoor dining and to get in holiday mood. A new summer menu brings in a zingy, tasty selection, including a refreshing watermelon, feta cheese and hazelnut salad and a British take on carpaccio using tender smoked Gloucestershire beef with roast peppers. Browns’ expert team of bartenders can also rustle up a cheeky low-calorie cocktail to enjoy as a sundowner. Perfect.
Loving food There’s always a great atmosphere at the Green Park Station market on a Saturday morning, where the stallholders are eager to talk to shoppers about their produce and offer samples. Now there’s another good excuse to go down to Green Park Station, on Sunday 12 June, when the market site will host a Love Food Festival from 10.30am to 4pm There will be some of the Saturday regulars there – like PJ’s Farm which produces superb local bacon and sausages from the family-run farm – plus some new faces to the Bath foodie scene. The day will include a pop-up restaurant, live jazz, a children’s area and even the promise of a croquet lawn, in addition to dozens of stalls selling every kind of food from Jamaican jerk chicken to cakes. This is the first time the Love Food Festival has staged an event in Bath, but it already holds regular food festivals at Paintworks in Bristol.
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