TASTE OF TIMSBURY 2017 – local people celebrating local food and drink

A huge thank you to everyone who turned out and supported the second Taste of Timsbury Food and Drink Festival....

The sun shone to welcome the crowds to Taste of Timsbury, the festival of local food and drink held at the Conygre Hall on 23 September.   Over 40 stallholders promoted and sold their food and drink, all of which came from a maximum radius of 20 miles from the village.

A marquee sponsored by the Seven Stars landlord Rich Sturgess housed a variety of stalls from cheese to cider; delicious puddings to chai latte.  A row of street food stalls provided a choice of delicious eat-as-you-go food from flatbread pizzas to slow-smoked beef brisket cooked on an original Texan “smoker”.

A large Capri marquee was provided free of charge by Bath Events Company’s Mike Dalton, who has family connections in the village, and which provided a welcome area for people to sit down, relax and enjoy some delicious food.

Cookery demonstrations by Fatina Cummings of Bath College, Bini Ludlow from Sweet Cumin and a “cook-off” between two chefs from Cardiologist’s Kitchen proved very popular with visitors, as did a butchery demonstration from Mark Brinkworth of Tunley Farm Butchers and a foraging stroll with Chris Westgate from Heavenly Hedgerows.

Children were kept entertained by Live, Learn, Cook - a local pop up cookery school, and given the chance to make a simple and healthy dish to take home.

Displays by community groups showcased what is going on in the village to put the ‘taste’ into Timsbury and included fair trade produce, the healthy heart project, Love Food/Hate Waste and foody artisan products. There were also appearances by ex-batt chickens and bees thanks to the Bath Beekeepers and the British Hen Welfare Trust.

And not forgetting The Connies Tearoom which laid on a wonderful supply of home cooked treats and regular favourites to keep the crowds fed and watered.

Congratulations to the winner's of the prize draw:

  • A night’s stay at The Pig near Bath- Charly Newton, Timsbury
  • £250 Co-op vouchers - Jan Hayhurst, Paulton
  • Vale House Kitchen voucher - George Wych, Paulton
  • Total Synergy hot stone massage - Brenda Mountain, Farmborough
  • A Chef for the Night - Mike Horler, Timsbury.
Thanks to Clive Smith and Andrew Eddleston for kindly providing the photographs