TOP PICKS: Brighton Food and Drink Festival Autumn events Thursday 24 August - Sunday 3 September 2017


We're not quite over summer yet, although tell that to the erratic weather. BUT you probably want to get booking for upcoming events in the Autumn Brighton Food and Drink Festival, believe me. The big name chef events get snapped up very quickly, and there are some absolute corkers listed.

Of course you still have the Sussex & The World Weekend activities on Hove Lawns on the August bank holiday (26-28th August and is free entry) and there is also a Sussex Gin Week program that runs alongside the festival. 

The full event listing are viewable via the festival website www.brightonfoodfestival.com but here are my unmissable picks.

Sunday 3 September

Pike & Pine with Ridgeview: From Root to Fruit

Pike & Pine, 1D St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE • 7.30pm


One of the city's most exciting chefs, Matt Gillan, plus one of the best of our Sussex wine makers are teaming up to create a seven course menu, celebrating what makes English sparkling wine amazing. Starting from the roots where the vines began, to the fruit they produce, this sounds like a fascinating dinner. I hope my favourite of the Ridgeview wines, their Blanc de Blancs, gets a deserving edible makeover. Unmissable.

Advance tickets £125 including food and wine available from reservations@pikeandpine.co.uk
(A deposit of £50 per person is required for this event)

Thursday 31 August

64 Degrees on Safari

Murmur, 91-96 Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 2FN • 7pm

From their new restaurant space on the seafront, 64 Degrees are going ‘On Safari’ with an epic beach BBQ of exotic meats from around the world. After a summer of uncle Ken's burnt sausages and soggy coleslaw, we could all do with a bit of a lux spin on the often mistreated BBQ, eh? Expect surprises, interesting combinations and you have the option of a matched wine flight available too.

Advance tickets £40 (or £60 with wine pairings) from info@64degrees.co.uk

Friday 25 August

Trenchmore Farm at Isaac At

Isaac At, 2 Gloucester Street, Brighton BN1 4EW • 7pm

Isaac At has always been a restaurant that heros local; even listing the mileage of key local ingredients on the reverse of their menus. Chef Isaac Bartlett-Copeland and Sussex farmer Joanne Knowles from Trenchmore Farm are creating a menu exploring the versatility of their superb beef. Also featuring will be the results of their recent planting of heritage wheat, all perfectly prepared by Isaac and his talented team.

Advance tickets £45 from Isaac At • 07765 934 740 • Book online at www.isaac-at.com

Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 

Pascere’s Court Garden Vineyard Brunch

Pascere, 8 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AH • 12 noon


Hot newcomers to the Brighton dining scene, Pascere are hosting a lunch with another of out Sussex wine heavyweights - Court Garden Vineyard near Ditchling. Head chef Johnny Stanford will be creating a four course menu, accompanied by four perfectly matched English sparkling wines from this award-winning Sussex estate.

Advance tickets £45 including food and wine from Pascere • 01273 917 949 • www.pascere.co.uk

Tuesday 29 August

Gin Makers Dinner

The Salt Room, 106 Kings Road • 6.30pm drinks for 7pm start


A restaurant that does drink very, very well is The Salt Room, their bar is exceptional. Their head chef, Dave Mothersill is teaming up with Blackdown Distillery, East London Liquor Company, Chilgrove Spirits and Regency Tonic for a dinner to explore the flavours and creativity that has made gin the UK’s number one liquor choice. A carefully crafted three course menu will be weaved with exciting artisan gins from some of the south east’s leading producers, including an in-depth masterclass from the distillers themselves.

Advance tickets £75 including all food and drink are available directly from The Salt Room • 01273 929 488 • www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk

Wednesday 30 August

Brighton Gin Club at La Cave à Fromage

La Cave à Fromage • 7pm

Cheese and wine we've done, even cheese and beer; but Gin and cheese? After a welcome gin and tonic, you'll be guided through a matching event with cheeses in the capable hands of La Cave à Fromage’s David Deaves and three sipping gins courtesy of Brighton Gin Club. Sounds fun!

Advance tickets £30 from Brighton Gin Club • www.brightonginclub.com

Thursday 31 August

Sussex Gin Week wild cocktail foraging walk & masterclass

The Queen Vic, 54 High Street, Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HF • 10.30am - 1.30pm

A must for the gin lovers out there, seemingly growing in number by the day. Here you can get hands-on with gin cocktails at this interactive foraging walk and masterclass. Enjoy a guided stroll through Rottingdean and the surrounding Downs, collecting ingredients for your drinks, followed by a cocktail making and infusing demonstration including tasters, then make your own Mayfield Gin cocktail.

Advance tickets £30 from The Queen Vic • 01273 302 121 • www.thequeenvic.co.uk

Saturday 2 September

Festival of Sussex Gins

The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 • 1-4pm & 6-9pm sessions

The first ever Festival of Sussex Gins, you'll be able to sample some of the finest craft gins in our region. 

Advance tickets £20 include a ‘taster card’ allowing 6-8 samples, a goodie bag and Festival of Sussex Gins tasting glass available from Brighton Gin Club • www.brightonginclub.com • (additional gin tokens are available to purchase on the day)

Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 September

Flavours of Brighton

Boho Gelato, 6 Pool Valley, Brighton BN1 1NJ • Regular trading hours

The last Flavours of Brighton event was a bit low-key but looked amazing! Collaborating with 20 of the city’s iconic chefs, mixologists and food and drink producers, Boho Gelato will be creating a selection of one-off flavours. You can just pop into the shop in Pool Valley whilst stocks last!

For more information on events please visit the festival website: www.brightonfoodfestival.com