The residents of Redwall Abbey are preparing a surprise feast in the honor of their old Father Abbot, who is taking a nap. Unfortunately the feast, led by Friar Hugo, requires a lot of preparation and activity and the Abbey dwellers are worried about being discovered.
Matthias and Cornflower propose to send the Abbot on a stroll, and just at that moment, the Abbot wakes up from his nap and declares he wants to go on a "Bobbatan Quest Weary Nod". The Redwallers are surprised and confused and believe the old Abbot has lost his mind. In spite of this, Matthias, Constance and Foremole volunteer to accompany the Abbot on his quest.
While the travelers are walking about in Mossflower Woods, the remaining Abbey dwellers are busy making the preparations for the feast. All sorts of small "disasters" and scares occur, many of them caused by a young mischievous mole called Bungo. Many well-known Redwall creatures help out in the preparation, including Basil Stag Hare, Ambrose Spike and Skipper. Noisy Sam serves as a lookout, warning the Redwallers of the comings and goings of the Abbot.
Finally the preparations are done and just in time; Father Abbot and his companions return from their quest, seemingly empty-handed. After the wonderful feast marked by a great abundance of tasty food, the Abbot reveals the purpose of his quest, which is an anagram of "Bobbatan Quest Weary Nod". The dwellers then realize that the Abbot knew much more than he let on and was actually very wise, since the anagram really means: "Abbot's Banquet Ready Now!"
The Great Redwall Feast was the first Redwall picture book, and it was written in the form of a ballad. It is the third oldest Redwall accessory, and the oldest still available for purchase.
- 1996, US, Philomel Books, ISBN 0399227075, Pub. Date: September 1996, Hardcover
- 1996, UK, Hutchinson, ISBN 0099725010, Pub. Date: September 1996, Hardcover
- 2001, UK, Tandem Library, ISBN 061329968X, Pub. Date: March 2001, Paperback
- 2008, UK, Puffin, ISBN 0698118766, Pub. Date: February 2008, Paperback