For fans of the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or J.R.R. Tolkien, celebrating Hobbit Day on September 22 is a must. Known for their love of food and good hospitality, the truest way to honour a Hobbit is by providing good food for your guests (and enough of it!)
This is the hub for all the recipes seen served at Bilbo Baggins’ during the Unexpected Party. The recipes are well-researched from historical British cookbooks, so you know you’re recreating a Hobbit experience for your guests.
Missed Hobbit Day? You can also use the following menu when holding a Hobbit movie marathon, hosting a Hobbit games night, throwing a Hobbit themed birthday, or celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday [January 3] or April 25-26, when fans estimate this Unexpected Party took place, marking the beginning of the quest.
Here we go, into Bilbo’s pantry!
Hobbit Dates to Celebrate
January 3 [J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday]
April 25-26 [Estimated date of the Unexpected Party]
September 22 [ Hobbit Day]
HOBBITS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR LOVE OF GOOD HEARTY FOOD AND DRINK.
SO WHAT DO YOU SERVE WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HOST A HOBBIT-INSPIRED PARTY?
Fill out your pantry with authentic food with the six recipes straight from Bilbo Baggins’ pantry, including:
- 1800’s English seed cake
- Authentic Melton Mowbray pork pies
- Tips for perfect fluffy buttered scones every time
- PLUS a shopping list and scheduling tips for prepping recipes in advance
- AND menu shortcuts for that last-minute party!
After all, a good hospitable Hobbit will have their pantry stocked, and ready for any unexpected guests.
“Now we are all here!” said Gandalf, looking at the row of thirteen hoods- the best detachable party hoods- and his own hat hanging on the pegs. “Quite a merry gathering! I hope there is something left for the latecomers to eat and drink!”The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
‘A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you, my good sir,” said Balin with the white beard. “But I don’t mind some cake – seed-cake, if you have any.”
“Lots!” Bilbo found himself answering, to his surprise; and he found himself scuttling off, too, to the cellar to fill a pint beer-mug, and then to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel.
“And more cakes- and ale- and coffee, if you don’t mind,” called the other dwarves through the door.
APPLE TART AND RASPBERRY JAM
“And raspberry jam and apple tart,” said Bifur.
Making Hobbit Recipes in Advance
Planning your Hobbit party several weeks out? Here are my tips for making the prep work smoother, making your party more enjoyable for you!
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2 days before the party
Eggs, Chicken, Pickles
“Put on a few eggs, there’s a good fellow!” Gandalf called after him, as the hobbit stumped off to the pantries. “And just bring out the cold chicken and pickles!”
“Come along in, and have some tea!” he managed to say after taking a deep breath.
Already it had almost become a throng. Some called for ale, and some for porter, and one for coffee, and all of them for cakes; so the hobbit was kept very busy for a while.
“Quite a merry gathering! I hope there is something left for the latecomers to eat and drink! What’s that? Tea! No thank you! A little red wine, I think for me.”
Last Minute Hobbit Party Menu Shortcuts
Left your Hobbit Party planning to last minute? No stress! Here are some tips if you’re wanting to make some last minute recipes: