Foodies Festival 2014

Published On April 14, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Food & Drink Features, Things to do features

Hove Lawns
Saturday 3 May, Sunday 4 May, Monday 5 May 2014
1- day adult ticket £12.00 (£10 conc.) 3- day adult ticket £18 (£15 conc.) 1- day VIP ticket £38 (Friday VIP ticket £35), kids under 12 go free! (when accompanied by an adult)
11am – 8pm

Each year sees tens- of thousands of visitors flock from the surrounding areas to feast on a vast array of culinary activities, making Foodies Festival the social event of the summer and the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink.

This year welcomes an impressive line up of top chefs, including:
– Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite,
– Winner of Masterchef: The Professionals 2013 Steven Edwards
– Masterchef Finalists 2013: Double act Larki Cen & Dale Williams
– Top TV chef Manju Malhi
– Saira Hamilton, founder of the Small Aubergine
– fine Bengali Food pop- up restaurants
– Alex Head from the Social Pantry
– Andrew Mckenzie from Drakes of Brighton
And many more…

Returning to the festival this year are some Foodies festival favourites including the ever popular Drinks theatre, where regular master-classes are given by some of the most talented sommeliers, mixologists and drink experts in the country, including TV’s Charles Metcalfe and beer expert Melissa Cole. This year there will also be a Cocktail Theatre where top mixologists will demonstrate their skills with hands-on classes and compete to be the daily cocktail champion.

With over 200 exhibitors, the extensive Producers’ Market offers a vast array of artisan produce from the local area and incorporates the Guild of Fine Food award-winning British produce.

Brighton’s very own ice cream queens from Scoop and Crumb will be making an appearance in their retro Vintage Scoop van.
They said: “We attended the festival last year and had so much fun, we can’t wait to be involved in this year’s festival. Fingers crossed for the sunshine! Vintage Scoops will add our very own touch of vintage magic so get your best frocks on and don your victory rolls for what is sure to be a truly delightful event. ”

Also returning will be the Street Food Avenue, where visitors can enjoy a huge selection of hot and cold food from around the world including hog roasts, exotic meats, tapas, churros, burritos, Moroccan tagines and more!

This year’s Children’s Cookery Theatre will host “Around the World” themed cookery classes, helping children find their taste buds and teach them basic cooking skills.

Relaxation in 2014 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. The entertainment stage features live music acts including jazz, swing, pop and indie bands performing every day until the later closing time this year of 8pm.

New arrivals to Foodies include a spectacular Chocolate, Bake and Preserves Theatre, where audience members will be invited to roll up their sleeves and lend a helping hand to top chefs including steam-punk baker Emily Ladybird and Charlotte White of Restoration Cake. Also new is the Chocolate, Baking and Preserves Village, the brand new purpose built BBQ Arena and Stage, the Chilli Food Market, the Real Ale and Cider Farm where visitors can chill out on hay bales with beer expert Melissa Cole, a new feasting tent where visitors can enjoy the company of friends, family and top chefs at long banqueting tables. At the brand new Vintage Tea Tent there will be daily tea dances alongside a Vintage Kitchen Market allowing visitors to pick up beautiful pieces to add to their own kitchens at home.

 Exhibition Director Sue Hitchen said: “Brighton is always such an exciting start to the Foodies season and with so many new features this year there’s sure to be something for everyone.”

Get your tickets at 2014 or by calling 0844 995 1111.

Check out a video of last years festival below:

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