Food & Drink Events

Ale & Arty: Bexhill Beer Festival

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Friday and Saturday March 16 and 17, 7pm-11pm

Tickets £10

The popular charity Beer & Music Festival returns to the De La Warr Pavilion for two sessions over two days. There will be also be cider and perry, plus musical entertainment with performances from  1066 Rockitmen, The Cavemen, MT Vessels & The Cavaliers and others. Event organiser Perry Puddefoot says, “The festival offers a wide selection of good and tasty ales to please the most discerning drinker at what is always a well supported and extremely popular event”. Last year’s festival raised around £7,500 for charitable causes including Sara Lee Trust.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.




The Wine Room Experience

Jilly Goolden’s Wine Room, Ashdown Forest

Saturday March 17, 2.30pm-7pm

£125pp  including wines, tea and cakes, champagne and canapés

Wine critic Jilly Goolden, who presented TV’s Food & Drink show for nearly two decades, runs a wine school with a difference. This is a very personal wine tasting with Jilly, who demystifies the whats, whys and hows of wines of the world and guides guests towards some wines to try at home. This is a French exclusive event for a £15 supplement.

Phone 01342 822251, email wineroom@jillygoolden.com or visit jillygoolden.com.




Sussex CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Thursday-Saturday March 22-24, 5pm-10pm on Thursday, 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm on Friday, 11am-7pm and 3.30pm-7pm on Saturday

Tickets £2.50-£8

At the 28th Sussex CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival, the popular Sussex Bar will showcase the county’s 60 breweries. All the beer will be cooled throughout the festival to ensure excellent condition throughout, and there will be food, including vegetarian and vegan options. Picture: Sean Clarke.

Visit sussexbeerfestival.co.uk.




VegfestUK Brighton

Brighton Centre , Kings Road, Brighton

Saturday-Sunday March 24-25, 11am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday

At plant-based food and lifestyle festival VegfestUK Brighton, one of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals, there will be around 230 stalls featuring cakes, cheeses, snacks, coconut oil, sauces, superfoods, supplements, chocolates, teas, clothing, skincare, cosmetics, jewellery, magazines and more. Among the brands will be Elspeth’s Kitchen, Good Carma Foods, Vegusto, Creative Nature, Deliciously Honest, Ice Green, Peakz, Park!er Foods, Simply Veg, Superfresh Waffles and The Grand Trunk Road Food Stop.

Email info@vegfest.co.uk or visit brighton.vegfest.co.uk.




A Day with Liz Earle and Dr Louise Newson

Perch Hill Farm, Willingford Lane, Burwash, Robertsbridge

Monday April 16, 10am-4pm

£175

Wellbeing expert Liz Earle and Dr Louise Newson, a GP and menopause expert, advise on aspects of dealing with menopause, including eating the right foods and simple lifestyle changes. They will tackle common myths and misconceptions, and answer questions.

Phone 0345 092 0283 or visit sarahraven.com.




Beginners Cake Decorating

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

Saturday April 21, 10am-3pm

£60

Tutor Clare Pope, of Clare’s Cake Boutique, teaches participants how to decorate a cake to wow friends and family. Learn how to cut and fill a cake with jam and buttercream, how to prepare and cover a cake in fondant icing, how to cover a cake board and finish it with a ribbon, how to colour fondant and knead it, and how to use fondant for decorating. Participants will take home their fully decorated cake. Suitable for beginners or those who want to brush up on their skills.

Phone 07775 740382 or visit roundtablecookery.com.




The Wine Room Experience

Jilly Goolden’s Wine Room, Ashdown Forest

Saturday April 21, 2.30pm-7pm

£125pp  including wines, tea and cakes, champagne and canapés

Wine critic Jilly Goolden, who presented TV’s Food & Drink show for nearly two decades, runs a wine school with a difference. This is a very personal wine tasting with Jilly, who demystifies the whats, whys and hows of wines of the world and guides guests towards some wines to try at home.

Phone 01342 822251, email wineroom@jillygoolden.com or visit jillygoolden.com.




Paleo/Primal Cookery Day Workshop

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

Saturday April 28, 10am-4pm

£110

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 roundtablecookery.com.




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.

Visit foodiesfestival.com.




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 wealddown.co.uk.




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