EVENT: Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival Spring Harvest, 16 April - 27 April 2014



The biannual Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival goes from strength to strength each year. The next one, this spring, will see some really interesting (and serious) food events over the twelve days.

There are quite a lot of free events, most of which are really family friendly and good fun, but if you want something a little more intimate and refined then you can book one of the special dinner or tasting events. I was particularly impressed with the line up this time, there are some utterly unmissable events for those interested in food and it really sets itself apart from other food festivals I think. What I also like is that there really is something for everyone and showcases the best of city's food industry. And we have a hell of a lot to shout about.

Here is my selection from the events. For the full listings visit: www.brightonfoodfestival.com

The Three Chefs
Wednesday 23 April, 7pm, the restaurant at drakes, Marine Parade, Brighton
Advance tickets £60 
Robby Jenks of Amberley Castle, Andrew Mackenzie of Drakes and master of patisserie Julien Plumart join forces for a once-in-a-lifetime fine dining experience hosted in Brightons leading fine dining restaurant. The meal will be accompanied with carefully matched wines, including a Sussex sparkling wine from Ridgeview and an elderberry Port from Blackdown Artisan Spirits. A cheese course will be presented by David Deaves of La Cave รก Fromage in Hove. 

Discover the Origin supper
Wednesday 16 April, 7pm, Hotel du Vin, Ship Street, Brighton
Advance tickets £55 
Discover protected designation of origin food and wine from across Europe including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Parma ham, alongside wines from Bourgogne, Port and Douro Valley. This five-course supper created especially for the festival by Hotel du Vin’s head chef Rob Carr includes fun and informative presentations by sommelier Ziggy Grinbergs and Henry Butler.

Big Brighton Food Pub Quiz
Friday 25 April, 7pm, Horatios bar, Brighton Pier
Advance tickets £16 
Test your knowledge of food and drink at the festivals first ever pub quiz. Expect a host of tasting rounds alongside fast fire questions and picture rounds, hosted by local food writer Andrew Kay. Ticket price includes a cone of fish and chips, and a pay bar will operate on the night.

Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour
Saturday 26 April, 9.30am - 6pm (approx), departing Old Steine, Brighton
Advance tickets £75
Hop aboard a vintage Routemaster bus for a whistle-stop tour of some of Sussexs finest food and drink producers. The day includes four behind the scenes visits including to an award-winning vineyard and one of the oldest breweries in the south, plus a tasty pub lunch and a sundowner cocktail back in Brighton to round up the day. 

Cantina Supper Clubs
Good Friday 18 - Easter Saturday 19 April, 7.30pm, central Hove location
Advance tickets £35 from www.cantinabrighton.co.uk
Brighton’s supperclub queen and generally lovely ladyTina, hosts two nights of Sussex-inspired dining – with a Middle Eastern twist – in her front room.

Sussex & the World Market
Good Friday 18 - Easter Saturday 19 April, 10am - 5pm, Hove Lawns, Brighton seafront
FREE ENTRY
Over 100 stalls present locally grown and produced food and drink alongside cuisines from across the world including India, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Spain, the Caribbean and more.
Good Friday 18 - Easter Saturday 19 April sees the festival take over seafront Hove Lawns with the huge free entry Sussex & The World Market featuring around 100 stalls, the Children’s Food Festival and the Live Food Show featuring the head chefs of 64 Degrees, Amberley Castle and Ockenden Manor. New this year is the 2014 Mixology Rum Shack with DJ and cocktail masterclasses, and tutored origin wine tastings presented by Discover the Origin.

Ginger Beer: A Bitter & Twisted Special Edition
Sunday 27 April, 6.30pm, The Ginger Pig, 3 Hove Street, Hove
Advance tickets £35 from The Ginger Pig 01273 736 123
Ben McKellar, head chef of the Gingerman Group, creates a four course beer matching dinner with Long Man Brewery, KingBeer, Harveys and Brighton Bier. Each brewery will have three minutes to present their beer for the voting audience to decide which is the best of the night. This special edition of Bitter & Twisted is a fundraising supper to support Rockinghorse.

For more information on the other events and tickets visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com from March 1st.