This year's Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, running from 1st September until the 7th October, is set to be a real winner. With a whopping 110 events, classes, markets and dining experiences, we have been truly spoilt rotten.
Here is my pick of the listings, but every time I look at it I see another 3 things I want to attend! Full events can be seen at www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Brighton's favourite vegetarian restaurant, Terre á Terre, are hosting a Pop Up on Brighton Pier on Monday 20 September which will be very cool, and includes a ride on the dodgems! Book at firstname.lastname@example.org, price tbc.
Another pop up will be held in a beautiful central garden on the 3rd September, £25pp for 3-course meal with coffee. www.gardenhousebrighton.co.uk
Hotel Du Vin are proving quite a few wine tasting nights but my favourite event of theirs has to be the Cigar Dinner on the 10th September which is a 3 course meal that not only has wines to match but also cigars for each course. Champagne and whiskey is also included. Pip-pip! £75pp.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September is set to be a very busy weekend with the Big Sussex Market and Live Food Stage taking place. Best bit is that the cuddly bear that is Antonio Carluccio may be giving a mushroom talk which I'm hoping to catch, although I am already booked on the L'Inferno d'amour: Wood fired bread baking workshop where we will learn how to make an array of breads but will also chop and build the fire too. Handy knowledge for my proposed garden pizza oven! £120 for 2 days www.communitychef.org.uk.
You can convert your home into a restaurant for the evening with Open House Dining. Apparently a lot of diners have booked spaces and more would-be chefs are required!
The very cool Moshi Moshi will be offering tutored sake tasting on 5th September, £35pp including zensai tapas and other sushi and sashimi platters.
Or how about the Regency Banquet (shown at the top), where you dress up in Regency costume before devouring Regency period food based on the menus of the famous chef, Careme. Although not held in the Brighton Pavillion this year, it is still set to be a real highlight. Saturday 11th September, £65pp.
Pick of the drinks is a Vintage Cocktail Night, inspired by the silver screen with a 14 piece big band held at the beautiful Brighton ballroom (formerly the Hanbury Ballroom) on Friday 24th September, £10 entry.
The Hanover Beer Festival, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd October, which will be more of a happy hangover I feel.
I also quite fancy the Taste of Sussex menu at the Restaurant at Drakes, £40pp for a 4 course taster meal, highlighting the best of Sussex produce. Sunday lunchtime only on 26th September.
See you there!