EVENT: Brighton Wine Week, Thursday 5 – Sunday 15 April 2018


The Brighton Food Festival are launching a new event to their collection, and I think it's something most of us will be enthusiastic to get on board with!

Brighton Wine Week will be running 5-15th April and at the heart of the event is a series of amazing collaborations between winemakers and some of the best restaurants we have in town, from specially crafted supper nights, masterclasses or special menus that will only run during the festival week. There is also a trail (read trés posh wine crawl), chef exchanges and tasting events.

I will say that some of the headline dinners get booked up incredibly fast - possibly already so (slapped wrist for my lateness) - but full details and how to purchase tickets are available from www.brightonfoodfestival.com.

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Running throughout will be participating venues showcasing a special menu featuring three of their favourite wines – including one from England – all priced at just £5-7. Venues include Blanch House, The Chilli Pickle, Drakes, Fourth & Church, Harbour Hotel, Isaac-At, Jeremy’s Restaurant, Market Restaurant Bar, Metrodeco, The Bull in Ditchling, and The Salt Room.


Thursday 5 April 2018 
Ridgeview Wine Dinner at Murmur | Advance tickets £65
Murmur sure have made a good impression on the dining scene and they will join forces with  English sparkling wine producer Ridgeview to create a bespoke tasting menu. Over a four-course menu, Ridgeview’s Tom Surgey will be presenting four sparkling wines from the Ridgeview range expertly paired with Murmur’s modern British take on contemporary dishes.

Sunday 8 April 2018
FoodLab: Emerging Talent at Etch | Advance tickets £70
The Foodlab events are always sell out and this year sees young talent (under 26) from Brighton’s hottest kitchens be randomly matched in advance with a local food or drink producer to create an inspiring and experimental dish. Chefs include: George Boarer (Etch; Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards 2017 Young Chef of the Year), Eliott Buchet (Jeremy’s Restaurant) Jackson Heron (Murmur), Isobel Humbey (The Salt Room), Michael Norman-Watts (64 Degrees), George Thomas (Isaac-At) and Sam Watson (The Ginger Fox). 

Tuesday 10 April 2018 
The sparkling wines of Emilia Romagna dinner at Pascere | Advance tickets £55
This already acclaimed restaurant, well known for its emphasis on great wine, hosts an exclusive four-course dinner by chef Johnny Stanford designed to match lesser-known sparkling wines of Emilia Romagna in Italy.

Wednesday 11 April 2018 
A Taste of the Mediterranean wine dinner at The Salt Room | Advance tickets £75
Executive chef Dave Mothersill’s four course menu for the evening will echo the tastes of the Mediterranean with inspirational seafood, fish and meat dishes with expertly paired wines. The evening will be hosted by Steve Daniel and Joe Wadhams from Hallgarten. Steve Daniel has one of the most respected palates in the industry and has been a real pioneer of Mediterranean wine over the last 30 years. Joe has worked closely with The Salt Room and sister restaurant The Coal Shed helping curate their wine lists. They will be showcasing a diverse range of indigenous varietals from the likes of the Balearics, Greece and Croatia.

Wednesday 11 April 2018 Sherry Night at Market Restaurant & Bar | Advance tickets £50
I LOVE sherry so obviously had to include this one! Market Head chef Ian Atkinson (previously of one and two Michelin star and two hat restaurants in the the UK and Australia) will be creating a Sherry-inspired five course menu alongside a matching Sherry flight that’ll be presented to you by their special guest and Sherry expert.

Friday 13 April 2018 
Make Your Case at La Cave à Fromage | Advance tickets £35
This is such a fun "punk wine tasting" event that always has great feedback, forget everything you know about wine tastings! 

Sunday 15 April 2018 
Redroaster Ridgeview Afternoon Tea at Redroaster | Advance tickets £30
I was a huge fan of their last Ridgeview dinner collaboration, but this time it takes the format of afternoon tea. Expect afternoon tea re-imagined with chef Matt Gillan's unique style served alongside a glass of Ridgeview who are leading the way in crafting world-class English sparkling wine.

Other events to look out for later in the year is the return of Brighton Cocktail Week (6-15 July) and the Food Festival's Autumn Harvest (6-16 September). For more information visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com.