Tis the season to fire up the barbecue! Alright, we know – it’s Britain, so you can’t guarantee that August is going to provide barbecue-worthy weather. But that’s all the more reason to be ready to make the most of it when the sun does come out – with a few of Taste of Bath’s favourite essential ingredients.
While the barbecue warms up, get your guests started with some delicious snacks – Somerset Charcuterie’s Red Wine & Blue Cheese Pokers are unbelievably moreish and perfect for pre-dinner nibbling. And Pistachio Provenance’s lovely nuts, lightly seasoned with lemon and a little sea salt, are just the thing with a cold beer.
The next thing you’re going to need is our incredible best-selling hot sauce, made by the Somerset Hotsauce Company, and perfect on all sorts of grilled meats. It’s tangy, fruity and has enough of a kick to spice things up without obliterating other flavours. We particularly recommend it with a really good homemade cheeseburger – try topping your burgers with slices of gooey Bath Soft Cheese and a generous drizzle of Somerset Hotsauce.
Of course, it’s not all about the carnivores – for a lovely summer side dish, add some of Fussels’ delicious Classic English Herb Dressing, made with extra virgin rapeseed oil, to boiled new potatoes, and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Or try our quinoa from the Bath Farm Girls – we recommend turning it into a hearty salad with cherry tomatoes, spring onions, avocado and fresh basil.
And you’re going to need something to wash all that down – check out our selection of ciders, perfect for a hot summer day. Iford’s traditional cloudy cider is still, well-rounded and delicious, with a dry finish, while Honey’s Midford sparkling cider is fresh, crisp and gorgeously refreshing when cold. Or if you’re more of a wine drinker, we recommend Wraxall’s Bacchus Dry White, which is especially good with seafood – try serving with grilled garlicky prawns.
You can order all of these goodies straight from the Taste of Bath website, ready for your next summer shindig, or make things simple and grab yourself a hamper – our Bath Booze Box is particularly popular in the summer! Or you could even customise your own hamper for your favourite barbecue fiend – click here to check out our Create Your Own service.