The Brighton & Hove food festivals get better and better. Now biannual, the Autumn Harvest is taking place from the 7th - 16th September. There's a great mixed bag of events, shows, workshops and pop-ups to try and cram in but below are my must-do picks. Quite a lot listed are free too! A full list can be seen on www.brightonfoodfestival.com
If booze and banter is your thing then Make Your Case is for you. Top wine merchants, growers and Brighton bars present their chosen wine whilst you sample and score it out of ten. I hear things get quite heated! Also Henry Butler is one of the hosts and worth going to hear him talk about wine - a wine bore he is not. Friday 7 September, Hotel du Vin, Brighton. £20 advance tickets which includes bar snacks and Sussex cheese to soak up some of the booze.
Really love the fact that this festival includes a separate Children's Food Festival. Prize those turkey twizzlers out of ther hands and show them what real food is about. Lots of workshops, cooking demos, tastings and creative bits and bobs. Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 September, 10am - 5pm, Free (although some events are ticketed for numbers).
The Vegan Maki Challenge is on again and is a really great night out. Lots of opinions to be debated over dinner! Wednesday 12 September, 7pm - 10pm, Moshi Moshi, £30. Here's my review from last year.
I've been hearing very good things about the Cantina Supper Club. If you still haven't tried a supper club then head here. Advance booking a must. Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September, 7.30pm at a Hove location TBC.
The Live Food Show showcases cooking demonstrations from some of the city's best food talent. Hove Lawns on the Seafront, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, 10am - 6pm, Free.