A sensory feast!

Lewes OctoberFeast, the annual festival of food and drink, soon returns for its seventh year with over 70 events in Lewes and nearby from 16th Sept to 10th Oct 2016. The community festival aims to promote the education and enjoyment of food and drink, particularly the high quality, sustainable produce available on our doorsteps in East Sussex.

OctoberFeast 2016

Feast and Food School

A signature event this year is the Feast and Food School held in Harvey’s Brewery back yard on 17th Sept, featuring free cookery masterclasses from chefs including former Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Henry, Chloe Edwards of Seven Sisters’ Spices, Community Chef Robin van Creveld, Alex von Riebech of Limetree Kitchen and Tom Daniell of Brighton’s Old Tree Co-op.

The Fountain Inn, Ashurst, Steyning, Country food pub, restaurant

As well as this, Lewes Labour Party are hosting a thought-provoking free event asking ‘Why is what we eat political?’ on 3rd Oct, featuring Josh Sutton, author of Food Worth Fighting For: From food riots to food banks (2016).

Discussions about food sourcing

Award-winning author Hattie Ellis will be bringing fifth-generation butcher Danny Lidgate together with Maxine and Ivan May of May’s Farm Cart at the Riverside to discuss how best to source and prepare meat properly. Josh Sutton and Hattie Ellis will also be taking part in a lively discussion on the influence and importance of food writing ‘beyond the recipe’ with supper club pioneer Kerstin Rodgers for Cook the Books on 4th Oct.

Jon Hutcheon and piglet - Lancing College Farm, The Schooner in Southwick

How about a sixteenth-century banquet?

Anne of Cleves are hosting Sam Bilton’s Repast Supper Club, comprising a house tour and sixteenth-century banquet in celebration of William Shakespeare on Sept 23rd. Families are invited to the Iguanodon Restaurant at the Linklater Pavilion on Sept 25th, for a performance honouring fossil-hunter Gideon Mantell.

Keeping the old favourites

OctoberFeast welcomes the return of plenty old favourites: the Harvest Festival and Dancing in the Old on Oct 1st; the 5th Great Beer Exposition at The Snowdrop Inn from 30th-2nd Oct; and the 4th Diversity Lewes International Soup Festival on 25th Sept.

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The community apple press is back on Sept 24th and 25th, helping to reduce waste and making the most of our garden apples and pears, and the ever-popular pop-up supper programme returns too, promising 14 intimate dinner parties on eclectic themes held in people’s homes. On 24th Oct, the brand new Sausage and Cider Festival looks set to fill the Corn Exchange from lunch until late.

Sausage Rolls at Cafe Plenty Brighton

There are 28 educational events for OctoberFeast this year: a huge range of talks, tastings and workshops to suit many ages and interests, everything from teaching teens to cook to fine wine appreciation and ‘how to write mouthwatering fiction’.

The full OctoberFeast programme can be found online at www.lewesoctoberfeast.com and in shops and restaurants around town.