The Brighton Food Festival just seems to get better and better (do I say that every time?). This time there seems to be so much variety; shows, demonstrations, markets, tastings, pop-ups, debates, classes, outdoor events and er, cheese bowling. Celebrating local and all aspects of food, it's going to be fantastic. Here are my picks from the festival:
10 September, Live Food Show, Royal Pavilion Gardens, 11.00 am - 5.30 pm
My number one this year has to be the Live Food Show, because Antonio Carluccio himself will be cooking some regional Italian food which makes my heart sing. Plus, I'm his number one fan and will be determined to get my picture taken with him! Also on 11th September.
25 September, Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour, 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
The Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour I went on earlier this year was absolutely unmissable! Includes a trip around a selection of fantastic Sussex producers for a meet and eat plus a lunch in an old Routemaster bus. Fantastic and well worth the £55.
7 September, Seven Bees Cafe
We may finally have a decent place to get a Burger for once in Brighton. Burger obsessive Dan Peters will be serving them up using local meat. I'm there. There will also be pizza, fish and other pop up nights there too so well worth a look.
7 September, The Restaurant at Drakes, 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Drakes is one of the few fine dining venues in Brighton and for the festival they will be offering just 12 places for a specially created 3 course menu with matched wines. £60 pp.
8 September and 22 September Moshi Moshi, 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm
Have yet to attend one of Moshi Moshi's tutored Sake tastings. You will be able to try six of them along with three kozara dishes, a selection of sushi or sashimi specially selected by the chef, or one of their yakitori, kushiage, or tempura platters from our hot menu. A bargain at £35.
10 September, Make Your Case, Pavillion Gardens, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm
If you fancy a debate then Make Your Case may be for you. Local wine experts, restaurants and wine merchants will make their case for their favourite wine in six minutes timed slots convincing you why their chosen wine is the best. £20 including food platters, wine samples and entry into a competition to will one bottle of each wine tasted.
17 September, Sussex Cheese Bowling, Preston Park, 11.30 am - 3.00 pm
Yes, cheese BOWLING! Try your hand rolling some fine cheeses from the very fine High Weald Dairy
But there are tons more foodie events during the festival which you can view at www.brightonfoodfestival.com