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IT’S BACK! Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festiva

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival returns for its third outing of 2015
26th-31st August

The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival returns for its third outing of the year with a programme of evening events and three days of food and drink on seafront Hove Lawns.

Mixology Rum Shack on Hove Lawns © Julia Claxton

Mixology Rum Shack on Hove Lawns © Julia Claxton

Wednesday 26th August sees the festival’s second International Chef Exchange with chef Craig Jones of The Cliff restaurant at the Cap Maison hotel in St Lucia take over the kitchens of chef Andrew MacKenzie at Drakes of Brighton. Expect wines and fine dining with a Caribbean twist.

On Thursday 27th August, the festival heads to the award-winning Jeremy’s Restaurant at Borde Hill Garden for a cocktail-themed supper created by distiller Sarah Thompson of Blackdown Sussex Spirits and chefs Jeremy Ashpool and Jimmy Grey. Stunning food will be matched with a selection of drinks from the internationally acclaimed Blackdown range.

Chef Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees teams up with six Sussex vineyards for a one-off wine and food matching evening in the festival marquee on Friday 28th August. The event is a fundraiser for FareShare – the food surplus redistribution charity – with Michael working with the FareShare team on some of the dishes. Each course will be matched by a still or sparking Sussex wine with the winemakers themselves presenting.

The big hurrah is always the Sussex & The World Weekend and this year the free entry events on seafront Hove Lawns run from Saturday 29th through to bank holiday Monday 31th August. Featuring over 85 local and international food producers and restaurants, the Live Food Show with chefs from Brighton and surrounding Sussex, and the Children’s Food Festival with lots of interactive fun for little ones.

New for 2015 is the Sussex Drinks Tent with a wide selection of English still and sparkling wines presented by Butlers Wine Cellar, a craft beer and lager bar with KingBeer and The Collective, Mixology Group’s Rum Shack, Wobblegate cider and Blackdown Sussex Spirit’s G&Ts. Running from noon until 8pm on both Saturday and Sunday with lots of tasty food to enjoy too.

Sunday 30th August sees the Live Food Show marquee taken over by Metrodeco and Sussex Swing. There’ll be free adult and children taster classes of Lindyhop and Charleston throughout the afternoon followed by open dancing from 4pm. Enjoy afternoon tea or a selection of tea cocktails created by Helen Taggart of Metrodeco and Sarah Thompson of Blackdown Sussex Spirits.

One final surprise for the bank holiday weekend will be Boho Disco! The festival has teamed up with Seb Cole of Boho Gelato in Pool Valley to create an interactive, day-glow ice cream and music experience. Its one not to miss!

For further details of all free entry and ticketed events, please visit

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