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Feast Taunton celebrates the town’s thriving foodie scene – and here’s what you can expect

PUBLISHED: 11:35 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:35 18 September 2018

The scene at the first Feast Taunton

The scene at the first Feast Taunton

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As well as free talks and workshops, there will be ticketed masterclasses and food-related arts and crafts

It’s the second year for Taunton’s food and drink festival, Feast.

Guest chef dinners, workshops, talks and more than 60 food and drink exhibitors make up the event which runs from September 28-30 and is based around The Castle in the centre of town.

The idea for the festival came from The Castle’s executive head chef Liam Finnegan and local food critic and enthusiast Steve Ashworth.

Liam FinneganLiam Finnegan

“We have Exeter Food Festival and Bristol Food Festival, but Taunton is often overlooked,” says Liam. “We think it should be a real hub for food lovers. Most of the bigger cities are using producers that are right on our doorstep, yet locals are travelling far and wide to see them, which shouldn’t be the case.

“When Steve and I were planning the festival, we really wanted to showcase the best of the best in terms of local producers and we were overwhelmed by the response.

“Last year we had more than 50 exhibitors, lots of free talks and workshops, plus we were able to attract some of the region’s top talent for cooking demos.”

This year’s chef line-up includes Michael Caines from Lympstone Manor and Phil Howard of Elystan Street.

Added to the free talks and workshops, there will be ticketed masterclasses scheduled in the Castle Hotel Penthouse and food-related arts and crafts activities for families.

The festival is also partnering with the charity, Love Musgrove which will receive a portion of the ticket price from the chef dinner events.

For more information, and to see the full programme of events, visit the Feast Taunton website.

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