FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL RETURNED TO BRIGHTON
Foodies Festival – Brighton Hove Lawns, Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May 2013
On May 4th-6th this year, one of the UK’s popular food and drink festivals returned to Brighton and Hove in a celebration of food and drink as we saw visitors flock from the south east to feast on the vast array of culinary activities for the third consecutive year in Brighton. www.foodiesfestival.com
The Brighton Foodies Festival 2013
Top chefs, included TV’s Gennaro Contaldo of Two Greedy Italians, Michelin-starred Matt Gillan who recently appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu, Michelin-starred Stephen Crane of Ockenden Manor, Jake Northcote Green from Yum Yum Ninja and Michael Bremner of Food for Friends, one of Brighton’s most established vegetarian restaurants. All cooked their signature dishes live in the Chefs’ Theatre and explained how amateur cooks can prepare the same dishes at home.
Gennaro Contaldo said:
“I am so excited about being at Foodies this year and about getting to meet all the wonderful people who visit the festivals! The atmosphere is always fantastic and it’s brilliant to be able to celebrate all the incredible restaurants and amazing chefs we have in the UK.”
Matt Gillan went on to comment: “It’s great to be involved and support the Brighton Foodies Festival again. Such a fun event and I really enjoy being surrounded by people who have a passion for food.”
Eight years on, what were the new elements for this years festival?
These included a spectacular Bake and Cake Theatre in association with Electrolux incorporating a ‘bake-along’ with members of the audience invited to participate.
Decadent Steampunk baker Emilly Ladybird, demonstrated how to make a gin and tonic cake in conjunction with Hendricks Gin. She commented before the event:
“I’m so excited to be introducing Foodies to the world of Steampunk, it’s going to be fun, frivolous and absolutely delicious”
2013 also saw the introduction of a dedicated Chocolate Theatre to showcase the world of chocolate and confectionary with daily demonstrations from David Greenwood-Haigh of Divine Chocolate and Sciolti Chocolates as well as pastry chefs from top local restaurants.
There was also a Wine Village, bringing together producers and wine regions from across the world including Chapel Down English wine and French wine regions Vins de Provenceand Beaujolais. Whilst Homeware Village offered visitors the chance to shop for kitchenware and gadgets.
In 2013, food-lovers could also enjoy the new dining and VIP area serving signature dishes from top local restaurants including a pop-up version of Dermot O’Leary’s restaurant Fishy Fishy and Jamie’s Italian Brighton.
The bar area had been given a countryside make-over featuring hay bales and focusing on British cider and ale. The bar bus, a converted double-decker bus, is a fun addition to the tent and pagoda bars on offer throughout the site.
These new elements complemented Foodies’ existing features including the Drinks Theatre where regular classes and demonstrations were given on by some of the most talented food and drink experts in the UK. This theatre allowed visitors to be amongst some of the first people in the UK to sample 100s of products as well as brush up on their knowledge at the daily wine, ales and spirits masterclasses with experts including TV’s Charles Metcalfe and beer blacksmith Melissa Cole.
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