Held over the three day Spring Bank Holiday at the start of May, the Brighton Foodies Festival takes place on Hove Lawns and is just a pebble’s throw from the famous south coast beach. Now in its eighth year, around 30,000 people were expected to enjoy the food, drink, demonstrations and workshops on offer this time around.
The whole feel of the event is about relaxing with good food, having plenty of choice when it comes to liquid refreshment and even listening to some live music. For those who want to get a bit more creative there are also plenty of star turns from the food world who are on hand to offer tips and advice on how to up your game in your own kitchen.
Amongst the most popular guests this year were Bake Off winner Candice Brown who gave a masterclass in bread baking, and also MasterChef 2015 finalist Tony Rodd complete with his distinctive dastardly dapper trademark moustache.
Local talent was represented by Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees, Matt Gillan of Pike and Pine and Matt Price of The Coal Shed, all potentially vying to bring the first Michelin star to Brighton and Hove in the near future.
The array of smells, sights and tastes on offer all over the site was world-wide in scope, with Turkish, Korean and Malaysian cuisine rubbing shoulders with perennial favourites such as Japanese, Thai and Indian flavours.
Running from late morning to well into the evening, there was something for all times of the day too. A bowl of the wittily named Quinoa Crack cereal got things off to a start with a smile and a 100% whole grain free from sugar, salt or any other additives, while The Great British Sausage Co boasted that they’ve been converting vegetarians for over ten years. As this city is home to some of the country’s best meat-free restaurants they might have had a job on their hands with some of the B&H locals though!
Bubbling cauldrons of curries and bountiful barbecues dotted around the stalls meant you were never far away from an enticing aroma, but if you managed to get to teatime still feeling a little peckish the oversized doughnuts at J&S Artisans or the fantastic freshly fried sweet Spanish delights served with chocolate dipping sauce at Churros Garcia were too tempting to ignore.
A pirate ship and a classic red Routemaster London bus were just two of the imaginative places to find some alcoholic refreshment, while for craft beer fans and gin aficionados there was almost too much choice to possibly stay sober.
With the sun agreeing to make welcome appearances over the whole three days, this ambitious yet family (and dog) friendly festival was a great way to beat the traditional UK Bank holiday blues and a fantastic opportunity to mix’n’match your own multi-course menu throughout the day.
The next Foodies Festival will be held in Bristol between 12-14th May. You can get 30% off your tickets with the code FOODIES30