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Brighton Foodies Festival Returns in 2024

This year, the UK’s biggest touring celebrity food and music festival series is set to make a spectacular return to Brighton and Preston Park across the early May Bank Holiday weekend from the 4th to the 6th of May.

The Brighton Foodies Festival is weekend filled with culinary delights, live music, and vibrant entertainment, the festival brings together chefs from the Brighton and Sussex hospitality industry, delicious food, and fantastic music for an unforgettable experience just 15 minutes from Brighton centre. 

Brighton, a festival of food every day of the year

Brighton and Hove boasts one of the best independent food scenes in the country, offering its own festival of food every day of the year. The city’s vibrant culinary landscape is a testament to its unwavering and fierce support for local businesses, now more than ever.

With a diverse array of independent eateries, cafes, award winning restaurants, Brighton celebrates its rich food culture and community spirit like nowhere else.

Whether you’re craving international cuisines, innovative small plates, or classic comfort foods, Brighton’s independent food scene promises to delight and inspire food enthusiasts from near and far.

More information: Where’s new in Brighton?

24 Things to do in Brighton in 2024

Brighton boasts an unparalleled array of things to do, surpassing perhaps any other city in the UK.

From festivals and shows to concerts and food trails, the city exudes creativity and a bohemian spirit that captivates visitors.

With its bustling seafront events, new restaurant openings, and diverse culinary scene, Brighton offers an exceptional food calendar that tantalises the taste buds.

As your guide to the city’s finest dining experiences, our focus on things to do in Brighton revolves around food and restaurants in Brighton and Hove.

Explore this month-by-month roundup of culinary delights, and if there’s anything you believe we’ve overlooked, don’t hesitate to reach out. Embrace the vibrant spirit of Brighton and embark on a culinary journey like no other.

More information: 24 Things to do in Brighton.

New in 2023 – Hove Food Trail

Keeping things a bit more local, The Hove Food Trail, inaugurated in 2023, was founded by David Toscano, owner of Cin Cin, and Chris Henry, a former Brighton and Hove City councillor from 2019 to 2023. This event serves as a celebration of the vibrant food and drink scene in Hove, highlighting the exceptional Hove restaurants and bars in the area.

Beyond showcasing culinary excellence, the Hove Food Trail also aims to raise funds and support local charities, embodying a spirit of community and generosity within the Hove neighbourhood.

More information: Hove Food Trail

A Festival of Food, Brighton Food Tours 

Embark on a culinary adventure with Brighton Food Tours and immerse yourself in the eclectic sights, stories, and tastes of quirky, independent Brighton.

Discover the unique makers and unsung heroes of Brighton’s indie food and drink scene on tailor-made foodie tours designed to showcase the city’s culinary diversity.

From hidden gems to local favourites, Brighton Food Tours offer an insider’s perspective on the vibrant food culture of this dynamic city. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, indulge your taste buds and explore the gastronomic delights that Brighton has to offer through these immersive food tours.

More information: Brighton Food Tours

anticipated brighton foodies festival chef lineup

Exciting early announcements for culinary events include a stellar lineup featuring renowned chefs and culinary experts.

  • Among them are MasterChef champion Tom Rhodes,
  • MasterChef: The Professionals champion Alex Webb, and
  • Great British Menu winner and chef-patron of Bib Gourmand awarded 64 Degrees, Michael Bremner.
  • Additionally, guests can anticipate appearances by MasterChef: The Professionals champion Steven Edwards from 3AA Rosette-awarded Etch, Great British Bake Off favourite Jürgen Krauss, and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch bread expert Jack Sturgess. 

More information: Find out more about etch.

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So who’s appearing at the Brighton Foodies Festival in 2024?

Showcasing the best of Brighton restaurants and beyond, a lineup of highly acclaimed Michelin and multi-award-winning chefs will grace the event, including:

– Peter Dantanus, Head Chef from Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Burnt Orange.
– Jamie Halsall, Head Chef from Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Cin Cin
– Mark Charker, Head Chef from 2AA Rosette-awarded The Bell Inn Ticehurst
– Will Devlin, Chef-Patron of Green Michelin Star awarded The Small Holding
– Lee Parsons, Chef-Patron from 2AA Rosette-awarded The Parsons Table
– Alun Sperring, co-founder and chef from Bib Gourmand awarded Chilli Pickle
– Paul Peters, Head Chef from 3AA Rosette-awarded Amberley Castle.

Pictured – The BRAVO Award Winning team at Burnt Orange celebrating their 2023 BRAVO best restaurant win. 

More information: Meet People in the hospitality industry in Brighton

A Festival of Food over 3 days

Over the course of the 3-day weekend, visitors can indulge in a jam-packed schedule of entertainment featuring TV cooking show champions and award-winning chefs in the interactive live theatres.

In the Chefs Theatre, celebrities will delight audiences by creating their signature dishes and sharing new tips and tricks straight from the culinary world.

Meanwhile, in the Cake and Desserts Theatre, talented patisserie chefs and star bakers will whip up showstoppers and offer tempting sweet treats to satisfy every craving.

Prepare to be dazzled by the culinary prowess and creativity on display in these exciting live theatres.

Foodies festival in figures

In 2024, the festival is set to embark on a grand tour, visiting 14 regions across 42 dates, promising an extensive culinary journey and it all starts here at the Brighton Foodies Festival.

  • Over 600 live theatre demonstrations will captivate audiences, showcasing the talents of celebrity chefs, Michelin stars, star bakers, and acclaimed local restaurants.
  • The festival’s vibrant atmosphere will be further enhanced by more than 400 music performances, featuring headline artists and exciting acts on the Musicians Against Homelessness stage.
  • Additionally, over 2000 artisan producers, exhibitors, and street food vendors will add their flair to the series, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

Brighton Foodies Festival Ticket Prices

Location: Preston Park, Brighton

Dates: 4th, 5th, 6th May 2024

Tickets from £4 (child) and £21 (adult)

Weekend tickets from £38 (3-day)

On sale via the website

Entry to all theatres is included in the ticket price

Brighton Fringe Festival – From 3rd May

The Brighton Fringe Festival, running from May 3rd to June 2nd in 2024, transforms Brighton into a vibrant carnival of culture, marking the beginning of a lively summer of entertainment and enjoyment.

For culture enthusiasts, aspiring aesthetes, and theatre lovers, the Brighton Fringe offers a rich variety of performances and events. It also presents ample opportunities for socialising, dining, and indulging in the city’s diverse culinary scene.

Navigate the Festival Brighton Food and Drink Guide to discover the culinary delights awaiting you during this exciting time. With a range of excellent restaurants and bars scattered across the city, ensure you savour the finest flavours and make the most of May’s festivities in Brighton.


The Brighton Foodies Festival in 2024 is located on Preston Park.

The Brighton Foodies has nothing to do with Brighton. It is a company outside of Brighton which tours the UK and creates lots of mini food and music festivals. There will be snippets of local Brighton and Sussex talents with chefs included in the chefs Theatres for example. Expect live music throughout the weekend, plenty of Sussex suppliers, alongside national ones. The Festival itself is quite expensive. 

You can get cheaper or early bird tickets for the Brighton Foodies Festival by making sure you book early for the festival. If you pay on the door on the date, or close to the date you often have to pay full price.