Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

5 September 2013 - 15 September 2013

Welcome to Brighton & Hove Food & Drink FestivalOnce more the residents of Brighton & Hove are putting on a food and drink spectacular for locals and visitors alike this September. With some of England's finest beers, wines and ciders on its doorstep, not to mention some of the most creative chefs this side of the world, this is a must for any food and drink lover.

I've got my eye on the Harveys Beer & Foraging Dinner, the evening of Regency Wine & Cheese with Mr Butler and Mr Deaves, and to kick it all off, the Bitter & Twisted local beer and cider evening.

When one glass is never enough

Unfortunately the Sussex Gourmet Wine Tour is already fully booked on Saturday 14 September - but don't despair, there will be further departures at later dates I've been assured. Subscribe to the BHFDF newsletter to be kept posted.

Throughout Restaurant Week, dozens of restaurants have special offers on, detailed in the handy programme.

Festival highlights

While there's absolutely plenty for the international imbiber, here's a few locally-influenced highlights that caught my eye.

Bitter & Twisted -

Raise a glass to Sussex Beer & Cider, with contributions from Hepworth, Halletts, Wobblegate, and Brighton Bier Co to mention a few. Sample them all, and vote for your favourite. Ticket includes beer/cider and dinner

Friday 6 September, 7pm, Pub du Vin, £22

World Food MarketBig Sussex Market

Over 80 growers, producers and restaurateurs

Saturday 7- Sunday 8 September

Champagne & Wine Festival

With local heroes Bolney, Ridgeview and Stopham alongside newcomers Ambriel and a host of arrivals from overseas, there's a wonderful variety on display, plus Boho Gelato wine- and spirit-infused ice cream and La Cave a Fromage cheeses.

Sunday 8 September, 12-5pm, Hotel du Vin, £10 in advance, £12 on door

Harveys Brewery

Forager's Supper

Harvey's seasonal range of beers will be introduced by their very own maestro of brewing, Miles Jenner, and matched with a locally foraged menu created by head chef Glen Lester.

10 September, 7pm, Pelham House, Lewes,
£50 from Pelham House

Brighton Mix Off Cocktail Competition

Sussex's own Blackdown Spirits from the lovely Lurgashall Winery are among the spirits that Brighton mixologists have been able to use to create their winning cocktails throughout the summer. A panel of experts has wittled down the entries to a shortlist, and you, the drinker, can decide who is the winner. See the website for more info on what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Thursday 12 September, 7pm, Sea Life Centre

Brighton Beer & Cider Festival

With over 40 beers and ciders from local breweries alongside a cluctch of artisan continental lagers curated by the Pub du Vin crew, let Dr Beer and Nurse Cider find the perfect prescription for you.

Friday 13 - Saturday 14 September, 5.30-9.30, Festival Marquee, Hove Lawn

Live Food ShowSussex & the World Market

The Festival closes with style, with a range of local and international cuisine, a Live Food Show, the Children's Food Festival and a host of masterclasses, from foraging, to artisan gin, to Ridgeview's finest or a Sussex beer tasting. 

Saturday 14-Sunday 15 September, Hove Lawns

But don't let me influence you – head to the comprehensive Brighton & Hove Food Festival website to make your own picks.

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