Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival’s Spring Harvest 2014

Published On April 14, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Free & Cheap, Things to do features

16th – 27th April 2014
Various Venues across Brighton

Spring has sprung, and the twice annual Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival is dishing up it’s Spring Harvest! Now entering its 13th year, the festival is dedicated to celebrating great local produce, and supports local food and hospitality as it brings free and cheap food and drink to Brighton this April.

The festival starts with a bang, as from good  Friday 18th April, the huge Anchor Weekend sees the Spring Harvest take over seafront Hove Lawns. The weekend will bring with it the massive Sussex & World Market featuring around 100 stalls, the Live Food Show and the Children’s Food Festival. New to 2014’s Spring Harvest include the Mixology Rum Shack plus DJ, cocktail master-classes, tutored tastings presented by Discover the Origin  of European protected designation of origin wines and produce from Italy, France and Portugal.


Festival goers will be particularly excited to welcome the Harvest weekend’s special guests, who include the head chefs of 64 Degrees, Amberly Castle and Ockenden Manor cooking on the Live Food Show, plus TV wine expert Olly Smith who will be hosting a mass wine tasting on Easter Sunday.

Director Nick Mosley said: “This year will be our biggest ever. We’ve pulled out all the stops for a fantastic two days of free food and drink events.”

With events till the 27th April, the festival doesn’t stop with the end of the weekend. Expect a fiesta of culinary delights, as the festival offers a barrage of affordable tastings and dinners including The Three Chefs supper at Drakes, Brighton Food Trail, A Taste of Western Australia wine tasting at Hotel du Vin, Make Your Case, the popular Big Sussex Market on New Road, Churchill Square Live Food Kitchen, A Taste of the Orient at Yum Yum Ninja, the Rocking horse Children’s Easter Egg Hunt in Royal Pavilion Gardens and Ginger Beer at the Ginger Pig.

The Spring Harvest promises to be bigger and better than last year, as the team have added new events such as the Big Food Pub Quiz on Brighton Pier and our exciting programme of Sussex Wine Bus Tours taking guests on exclusive behind – the – scenes tours of award winning local vineyards.

BHFDF_churchill_square_live_food_kitchenThe festival is championing Brighton’s International Chef Exchange which sees top chefs from the city partner up with International counterparts to create exciting dinners that showcase both their culinary skills and local produce. These exchanges are forming the basis for a new six part TV show that will premier in the early summer on Latest TV in Brighton and a further eleven of the new regional terrestrial television channels launching this year.

This is an exciting time for food and drink in Sussex, and the festival organisation is dedicated to shouting that message out not only locally but also to the world. Don’t miss out on this fantastic Spring time culinary adventure.

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