Food & Drink Events

Paleo/Primal Cookery Day Workshop

The Round Kitchen Table, Unit 14, Hillsdown Farm, Twyford Lane, Birch Grove

Saturday April 28, 10am-4pm


Chloe Coker with Chloe Archard and Lucy Tastevin of Paleo Britain team up for a day of all things paleo. They will teach quick and easy paleo recipes, and will also cover paleo and primal meal ideas. Participants will learn at least two breakfast, two lunch and two dinner recipes, how to make bone broth, a paleo bread recipe, and a gluten and dairy-free cake. 

Phone 07775 740382 or visit

Foodies Festival

Brighton Hove Lawns, Kingsway Road, Brighton

Saturday-Monday May 5-7, 11am-4.30pm and 5.30pm-9pm on Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm on Sunday

Tickets £5-£38

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, is back at Brighton Hove Lawns on the Bank Holiday Weekend. Stars of Great British Bake Off will be baking live in The Cake & Desserts Theatre, and there will be a chance to meet Michelin starred chefs, Great British Menu winners, MasterChef champions and top local chefs cooking their signature recipes in the Stoves Chefs Theatre. Steven Carter-Bailey, the 2017 GBBO finalist, will be baking live, and also appearing will be Great British Menu winner Michael Bremner, Anne Shooter, the author of Sesame & Spice and Cherish, Ian Swainson, head chef at The Pass at South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding, Steven Edwards, MasterChef: The Professionals winner at Brighton eaterie Etch, MasterChef winner and executive chef at Chi Kitchen Ping Coombes, Doug McMaster at SILO, Dave Mothersill at The Coal Shed, Alun Sperring at The Chilli Pickle, John Reed at Señor Buddha, Will Dennard at Plateau, Ian Atkinson at Market Restaurant Bar, and Bettina Campolucci-Bordi, author of Happy Food. New this year are Foodies Festival workshops, including Power of Plant Based Proteins, Gut Friendly Food, Kombucha: A Healthy Tipple, Craft Tea – DIY Tea Blends; Prosecco & parmesan tasting; beer and chocolate tasting, and cocktail & botanicals masterclasses. Also new are the cream pie-throwing contest and chilli-eating competition. For children, there is a kid zone with fun cookery classes, bouncy castles, face painting, craft area and giant garden games.


Food Festival

Weald and Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Monday May 5-7, 10.30am-5pm

Standard admission prices

The best of the south-east’s produce is showcased at this spring event, which features free cookery classes, talks, shops selling local produce, demonstrations, crafts and a chance to learn about historic food and drink in the museum’s collection of rescued historic houses. The guest chef is River Cottage’s Gill Mellor, a chef, food writer, author, food stylist and cookery teacher, who will hold cooking demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre. He regularly appears on the River Cottage series on Channel 4 and at this festival he will be signing copies of his first solo cookbook Gather.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

Wine Market

The Kennels, Kennel Hill, Goodwood, Chichester

May 11, 4pm-8pm

Entry £15

On the Putting Green, The Kennels’ wine suppliers present their wines for guests to taste and buy. There’s a chance to chat with the experts and gain an insight into favourite wines, all of which are available at The Kennels.

Phone 01243 755132 or visit

An Introduction to the Ancient Art of Chinese Tea Ceremony for Teenage Girls

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down

Saturday May 12, 2.30pm-4.30pm


Dive into the ancient Chinese tradition of Gung Fu Tea Ceremony with Hannah Mae Dawson, a local woman’s work facilitator and healer with a passion for tea. Hannah introduces the ways of the east and allows the tea to draw participants into an experience where time becomes a place of ceremony and timeless discovery.

Phone 01825 830509 or visit

Southwick Beer Festival

Southwick Community Centre, 24 Southwick Street, Southwick

Friday and Saturday May 25-26

This festival for real ales and ciders also features live entertainment, taking place in the unique atmosphere of the Barn Theatre and the bars and the gardens of the historic community centre site. There will be around 60 high quality ales and ciders, plus hot food in the cafe and a barbecue in the garden. Among the bands playing will be The KXB Band, Bagge of Nuts and Burning Organ.

Phone 01273 597094 or visit

Brighton Vegan Summer Festival

The Level, Union Road, Brighton

Saturday-Sunday June 2-3

Tickets £5 per day/£8 full weekend

At this huge outdoor vegan celebration will be more than 100 stalls, 10 world food caterers, talks,  cookery demonstrations, live entertainment and live music. There will also be workshops offering free nutritional advice and highlighting the best aspects of living without animal products.


Operatic High Tea

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Sunday July 1, 3pm-5pm

Normal admission charges apply/booking essential

Enjoy a high tea listening to an afternoon of operatic highlights performed by Opera Brava.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit

Chilli Fiesta


West Dean Gardens, West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX

Friday-Sunday August 10-12

At the UK’s biggest chilli festival, you can taste chilli foods until your tongue sizzles. There is live music from DJs and Latin bands, Latin dance demonstrations and workshops with professional dancers, more than 140 stalls offering chilli gifts, plants seeds and produce, Los Amigos, champagne, cider and cocktail bars, a children’s funfair, workshops and camping. At the cookery theatre, top chefs will demonstrate their culinary expertise with creative chilli-based recipes. Using ingredients from all over the world, they will inspire ideas you can easily recreate at home. There will also be a Gardening Theatre, when you can hear from a variety of experts with gardening talks and demonstrations, and see the 150 chillies on display in the glasshouses. There will be a guided tour of the Walled Gardens and a discussion about growing your own chillies. Pictured above, left: last year’s chill fiesta/picture: Barney Poole. Above, right: chillies growing at West Dean Gardens/picture: Vicki Isted. Below: a performer at last year’s festival/pictures: Barney Poole. 

Phone 01243 811301 or visit



A Taste of Autumn with Juliet Sargeant and Sam Matthews

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Thursday October 4, 10.30am-12noon

£29.50/RHS members £23.60, includes talk, drink and garden tasters

Chelsea Gold Medal-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant (pictured), a TV presenter and judge of Channel 4’s Village of the Year, delivers an easy way to learn more about your garden. She has teamed up with Sam Matthews, former chef to Pavarotti & The Three Tenors, to create a surprising taster menu and talk. Juliet will introduce you to common garden plants that you can eat , while Sam serves up delicious tasters to whet your appetite.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

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