The Beast of Feast

by Matthew Flowers in Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

The Beast of Feast

Total raised £11,615

£15,000 target 5 days left
77% 27 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 4th March 2024 at 12:00pm

Our aim is simple.. to level up our fire cookery business by acquiring a 500 gallon, custom built, Texan style smoker... AKA "The Beast"

by Matthew Flowers in Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

A little bit about us for some context...

Hi, we are Feast Pembrokeshire, a live fire cookery & BBQ catering business established in 2021. As our name implies, we are based in beautiful Pembrokeshire, West Wales and have been travelling all over Wales & the southwest over the last 3 years, covering a huge range of events including food festivals, weddings, music festivals, private hire, brewery pop ups, cookery experience days and much more, cooking over open fire & BBQ all the way. You may have even caught us at one of these events or visited our Tenby restaurant, Tap & Tân, so you may know what we're all about. But if you haven't... Great Welsh produce & bold flavour is at the heart of what we do, as well as igniting conversations and creating a shared dining experience through our love and appreciation of great food. We work closely with farmers, growers, butchers & independent suppliers to source quality, seasonal produce year round. 

We started the business in Feb 2021, whilst still navigating the uncertainty of COVID lockdowns and restrictions. We offered takeaway fire cooked menus, cooked from our back garden to get things started, and quickly established a busy calendar of pop up events at farm shops, campsites & brewery yards throughout Pembrokeshire. This exposure very quickly turned into wedding bookings and larger scale events for late 2021 and exciting opportunities within the hospitality industry locally including residencies and winter private hire events. 

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(Our first ever cook at home!)

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(Our ever popular Pembrokeshire lamb "Al Asador" served at campsite pop ups)

2022 proved to be a huge year for Feast. We had a very busy calendar of outdoor events and Spring 2022 presented us the opportunity to take on a permanent kitchen within a restaurant premises, in collaboration with the awesome team at Tenby Brewing Co.  In April, Tap & Tân was opened. A live fire cookery & craft beer venue in the heart of Tenby town. We have an open kitchen with a large cabinet smoker & open fire grill on show, which is regularly fully loaded with Pembrokeshire produce, such as pulled pork shoulders, wings, smoked chuck brisket and much much more... We host regular DJ slots, wood fired Sunday lunches, group booking tables and offer our ever popular BBQ sharing platters and epic 1kg ribeye steaks, all cooked over open fire.  Taking on the kitchen at T&T allowed us to further expand and employ a full time team, serving bbq and fire food year round, whilst also continuing our outdoor events with Feast. 

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(The crew awkwardly posing for a rare group photo, minus a few very important people...)

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(Sunday sessions at T&T.... Wood fired Sunday lunches & DJs)

With both Tap & Tân and our Feast events becoming increasingly popular, 2023 was another year of growth. We expanded our awesome team with the arrival of 3 new staff members. We were able to complete a purpose built prep kitchen for all of our events. Previously all of our prep for events had been done within the (not very big) kitchen facilities at T&T. This was a game changer for our events, allowing us to prepare more food to avoid selling out at public events (ie. pop ups, food festivals etc)

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(Food & drink at Tap & Tân)

Our summer pop ups proved incredibly popular, with most events selling out before end of service, despite our best efforts to bring and prepare more and more stock every time. We ended the summer on a high by cooking at the prestigious Abergavenny Food Festival. We served a record number of people across 2 days, and realised that we had most definitely reached the capacity and capabilities of our current equipment, fire pits and BBQs that had served us so well over the last 3 years. 

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(Cooking in the castle site at Abergavenny Food Festival 23)

After countless hours of discussions, planning and ideas, we came across a company based in the UK that custom builds incredible quality Texan style, trailer mounted, fully mobile, offset smokers. Ironbrand Smokers manufacture these incredible rigs, and after conversations with Jason at Ironbrand, we were convinced that the huge cooking capacity and show-stopping look will provide us with the opportunity to grow, improve and learn more about the art of fire cookery, we knew that this was the answer. "Project Beast of Feast" was alive!

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(A 500 gallon, custom built smoker pictured above. We plan a few small changes, but we will keep those a secret for now...)

The smoker, that will affectionally be known as "The Beast of Feast", will allow us to expand our food offerings, massively increase our capacity/output, and give us the opportunity to explore a whole range of larger & exciting events in the near future, while also allowing us to employ additional staff members on a year round basis for the events side of the business, keeping up with the increasing demand that the events have created. 

We have plans in the pipeline to host fire cookery/BBQ events at awesome venues here in Pembrokeshire and West Wales, with a strong emphasis on community, featuring friends and other BBQ/live fire cookery chefs, local DJs, craft stalls, local breweries & much more going forward.

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Our goals & targets and what we plan to use them for...

With your help, we aim to raise a target of £15,000 for this exciting project. Here is what we plan to use the target amount for... 

  • The majority of sums raised will be used for the purchase of the smoker itself. Custom built in the UK. The 500 gallon tank, has an enormous capacity for cooking. We will fuel "The Beast" with locally sourced oak, ash & birch as well as sustainable British charcoal. 
  • Remaining funds within the initial target will be used within a marketing budget to promote exciting new events and the design of new merchandise to coincide with the arrival and first events that we cook with the smoker.
  • If we break our initial target of £15000, we have set a stretch budget of an additional £5000. This would be used to add crucial infrastructure such as refrigeration, additional catering equipment and contributions to a secure storage facility for the smoker.

Over to you...

We believe we have some incredible rewards up for grabs for you generous bunch, so please check them out and feel free to contact us with any queries you may have, we will be happy to help...

We thank you for taking the time to read this and for supporting us... Big thanks, Team Feast


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5,000 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Private Event Hire for up to 125 guests

Planning a large event, wedding or epic party in southwest Wales? Need a BBQ caterer? Then this sounds like a bit of you... We will come and cook a set 3 course menu for your event at the venue of your choice, for up to 125 guests. We will supply all serve ware, staff, food & disposables. Menu and further details to be agreed upon booking. Please note, excludes any 2024 dates. Valid for dates in 2025 and beyond. Travel restrictions apply.

£25 or more

£25 food voucher plus added fiver bonus

£25 food voucher to be redeemed at any Feast pop up event, or Tap & Tân, plus we will add additional £5, making your total £30

£50 or more

£50 food voucher plus added fiver bonus

£50 food voucher to be redeemed at any Feast pop up event, or Tap & Tân, plus we will add additional £5, making your total £55

£60 or more

Full Feast BBQ Platter for 2 at Tap & Tân Tenby

Treat yourself to a platter of all things smoked BBQ and fire food when you visit Tap & Tân. Using what's fresh today from the smokers & grills, you can expect smoked welsh beef, house pulled pork, BBQ wings, smoked beer sausage, sides, sauces, fresh breads & more... Our most popular offering for sure, grab one for yourself and find out why...

£100 or more

£100 food voucher plus added tenner bonus

£100 food voucher to be redeemed at any Feast pop up event, or Tap & Tân, plus we will add additional £10, making your total £110

£150 or more

0 of 3 claimed

BBQ Bundle

Get yourself sorted for BBQ season with this epic bundle that includes... 1 x ProQ chimney starter 1 x ProQ Bacon or Salmon Curing kit 1 x ProQ eco smoker kit 1 x Bag BBQ smoking chips (oak / cherry /whisky oak) 1 x Fire cookery / BBQ book (surprise pick) 1 x Feast house smokey BBQ sauce 1 x Feast house chipotle hot sauce

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Feast Fire Cookery Experience Day - for 2

Join us at one of our live fire cookery experience days. Hosted at the beautiful Trevayne Farm near Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, we will spend the day learning all things fire cookery & BBQ, sourcing produce from the farm with all day feasting. We will be making fresh breads, introduction to butchery, use of fire pits, smokers & grills. A real hands on experience, and will inc All equipment & drinks provided. Dates available throughout summer '24

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Group Booking Feast at Tap & Tân, Tenby

Enjoy a multi course fire cooked banquet at our Tenby restaurant for up to 14 guests. Our team will treat you to a table full of epic fire food & BBQ with dishes such as 1kg wood fired ribeye steaks, low & slow smoked pork belly ribs, BBQ wings, cherry smoked pulled pork, caramel glazed sticky toffee puds & much much more on your own group booking table over looking the open kitchen. *Pre booking essential *Drinks not included

£1,200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Private Hire BBQ Bash - up to 50 guests

Fancy your very own private party with an epic BBQ to boot? Then look no further... We have teamed up with an epic venue here in Pembrokeshire to offer this reward. You will have exclusive use of the venue, epic fire cooked banquet with a set menu & your own DJ for the night. Available to book on any Thursday or Sunday from April to Sept 24'. *Excludes bank holidays *Some dates subject to availability *Drinks purchased separately *Max 50 guests

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