Thou shalt savour Jay Rayner

JAY Rayner, restaurant critic of The Observer, chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet and voted the country’s most influential food journalist, is coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 15th June, as part of the town’s food festival.

The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business of how and what we eat. Now Jay has decided it’s time to act – he will be presenting his Ten (Food) Commandments to the Bridport audience.

So all hail a new culinary Moses, as Jay Rayner presents his hand-tooled commandments for this food-obsessed age. He deals once and for all with questions like whether it is ever okay to covet thy neighbour’s oxen (it is), eating with your hands (very important indeed) and if you should cut off the fat (no).

The Ten (Food) Commandments combines reportage and anecdotes with recipes worthy of adoration as Jay leads his audience through an audio-visual romp to the edible Promised Land.

The annual Bridport Food Festival is organised by the Bridport Local Food Group, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit group whose overall aim it to promote and support the areas fantastic food and drink industry and to encourage people to eat healthily and eat locally.

During the festival week there will be a programme of food-based events including tastings, tours of different producers’ establishments, special menus, masterclasses, quizzes, talks and films.

The week culminates with the showcase event on Saturday at Asker Meadows, with food stalls, tastings, demonstrations, cream teas and more, for all tastes and age groups, as well as Bridport Round Table’s Beer Festival, with more than 60 beers and ciders for visitors to try.

For more information visit www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk