The Brighton & Hove Food Festival 2015

What’s on: Easter Weekender and Spring Harvest

The first half of The Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival for 2015 includes six days of food and drink around Easter and 12 days of events at the end of May.

Chef Michael Bremner [64 Degrees] and producer Edmund Jenner [Harvey's Brewery] collabarated on a dish [which Michael is pictured serving from the open kitchen] as Six top Sussex chefs each collaborate with a local producer in a culinary tour de force to create new dishes for diners during Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival's Food Lab event at 64 Degrees. photo ©Julia Claxton

Michael Bremner at 64 Degrees – Brighton Food Festival 2015

The UK’s leading food and drink destination

Key free-to-enter events include the Big Sussex Market on New Road on Good Friday 3 and Easter Saturday 4 April, and the huge seafront Sussex & The World Weekend on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May which this year includes the Live Food Show, Brighton Beer & Cider Festival, Rockinghorse Children’s Food Festival, Brighton Wine Festival, a host of English Wine Week activities and masterclasses, and a craft furniture installation created by Yelo Architects and FareShare Brighton & Hove using food packaging waste.

Terre a Terre chef Matty Bowling

Terre a Terre chef Matty Bowling

Here is the full schedule of events for the Brighton and Hove Food Festival for 2015.

Our city’s and county’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s leading food and drink destinations and producers has made the festival team radically revisit our programme of events.

Festival director Nick Mosley goes on to say:

This year – with the generous support of our sponsors and supporters – we’re spreading the festival over four main periods to create a platform to showcase the brilliant food, drink and hospitality offering, whilst nurturing the many small and independent restaurants, bars, retailers and producers we enjoy in Brighton and Sussex. We’re also running events later in the year – including a further Sussex & The World Weekend over the August Bank Holiday and a new Big Sussex Christmas Market on 5-6 December.

Free-to-Enter Events

Surrounding the free-to-enter weekend events, there is an extensive programme of tours, trails, tastings and themed dinners.

Highlights include The Set Pop Up at the Sea Life Brighton aquarium, A Taste of Guernsey supper club with Cantina, Food Lab featuring seven chefs and producers at 64 Degrees, The Three Chefs go to the Movies at Curry Leaf Café, food trails of The Laines and Kemp Town, a beer & cheese matching dinner with Harveys brewery and La Cave à Fromage at Jeremy’s Restaurant, and two International Chef Exchange dinners at Terre à Terre and Drakes with guests chefs from Vancouver and Saint Lucia respectively.

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival 2015

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival 2015

A Year Round Brighton Food and Drink Festival

The festival organisation also hosts a year-round programme Sussex Wine and Gourmet Bus Tours, taking consumers behind-the-scenes at vineyards, breweries, cider makers, cheese producers, rare breed farmers, deer parks, chocolatiers and many other quality artisan producers in the county.

The Biggest Event of its Kind – The Autumn Harvest

The Autumn Harvest runs in September each year and hosts more events, has more attendees and is a greater spectacle of food. Food Festival events are hosted in different parts of the city from Hove Lawns, New Road, Jubilee square, Brighton Marina; it is an occasion when you can really spoil yourself through an amazing journey of food and the entertainment that goes with it. Please prepare in advance and wear loose clothing so you have room to grow!

Brighton and Hove are leading the way as a food and restaurant destination and the Brighton and Hove Food Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the South east of England. Each year this event continues to gather Brighton and Hove Food Festivalmomentum, the organisers have a superb grasp as to what makes the city tick and so the Brighton Food Festival team just keep getting better and better.

In 2014 Brighton attracted over 160,000 visitors to various locations around Brighton and Hove as the Brighton and Hove Food Festival enjoyed its most successful year to date.

“As comprehensive a festival as you will find in the UK this summer, this month-long homage to Brighton, Hove and the wider Sussex food scene takes in pretty much every taste-related activity you could think of…

For foodies who like to keep it local, the Big Sussex Market, which attracted over 40,000 people last year, is a shopping experience without parallel. Best start saving.”

– The Guardian ‘Word of Mouth’

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