Foodies Festival returns to Brighton
When: 4th, 5th, 6th of May
The first of eight UK Foodies Festivals takes place at Brighton Hove Lawns this May. The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink will see visitors flock from the surrounding areas to feast on the vast array of culinary activities for the third consecutive year in Brighton. Foodies Festivals also take place at Tatton Park in Cheshire, Edinburgh, Hampton Court Palace, Clapham Common London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Battersea Park London and Oxford.
Top chefs, including TV’s Gennaro Contaldo of Two Greedy Italians, Michelin-starred Matt Gillan who recently appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu, Michelin-starred Stephen Crane of Ockenden Manor, Jake Northcote Green from Yum Yum Ninja and Michael Bremner of Food for Friends, one of Brighton’s most established vegetarian restaurants, will cook their signature dishes live in the Chefs’ Theatre and explain how amateur cooks can prepare the same dishes at home.
Now in its eighth year, Foodies Festival has introduced new elements to all events in 2013. These include a spectacular Bake and Cake Theatre in association with Electrolux incorporating a ‘bake-along’ with members of the audience invited to participate. Decadent Steampunk baker Emilly Ladybird, will be demonstrating how to make a gin and tonic cake in conjunction with Hendricks Gin. She commented: “I’m so excited to be introducing Foodies to the world of Steampunk, it’s going to be fun, frivolous and absolutely delicious”
2013 also sees the introduction of a dedicated Chocolate Theatre to showcase the world of chocolate and confectionary with daily demonstrations from David Greenwood-Haigh of Divine Chocolate and Sciolti Chocolates as well as pastry chefs from top local restaurants.
There is also a Wine Village, bringing together producers and wine regions from across the world including Chapel Down English wine and French wine regions Vins de Provence and Beaujolais. Whilst Homeware Village offers visitors the chance to shop for kitchenware and gadgets.
In 2013, food-lovers can also enjoy the new dining and VIP area serving signature dishes from top local restaurants including a pop-up version of Dermot O’Leary’s restaurant Fishy Fishy and Jamie’s Italian Brighton.
The bar area has been given a countryside make-over featuring hay bales and focusing on British cider and ale. The bar bus, a converted double-decker bus, is a fun addition to the tent and pagoda bars on offer throughout the site.
These new elements complement Foodies’ existing features including the Drinks Theatre where regular classes and demonstrations are given on by some of the most talented food and drink experts in the UK.
The extensive Producers’ Market sells a vast array of artisan produce from the local area and incorporates the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Market’s award-winning British produce. One such exhibitor is Sussex-based Lily’s Chillies, run by husband and wife Jason and Charlotte Lacny, who produce a selection of handmade products made from chillies sourced in the UK.
Last year saw the successful introduction of Street Food Avenue to all Foodies events. In 2013 the Brighton crowds can again enjoy the huge selection of ready-to-eat hot and cold food from around the world including hog roasts, exotic meats, tapas, churros, burritos, Moroccan tagines, South American prime beef, sausages, pizza, Jamaican and Thai street food.
This year’s Children’s Cookery Theatre will be operated by local cook school Cookery Doodle Doo who are running animal-themed classes throughout the weekend making treats like panda cupcakes and bee muffins, as well as face-painting.
Relaxation in 2013 comes in the form of a City Beach where families can chill out on deckchairs with an artisan ice-cream or an afternoon tea whilst children build sandcastles. Various specialist tea, coffee and fresh juice vendors can be found around the site.
The entertainment stage features live music acts including Gloria Miller performing every day until the later closing time this year of 8pm.
1-day adult ticket £12.00 (£10.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £18.00 (£15.00 concession)
1-day VIP ticket £38.00
VIP tickets include a free glass of champagne on arrival, access to the VIP tent throughout the day, a taster meal from one of the pop-up restaurant tents, a goody bag and reserved seating in theatre and masterclass sessions.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.