Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival

4 September 2014 - 14 September 2014

BHFDF - AutumnNot long now until Brighton & Hove kick off their Autumnal celebrations of all that's fun in food and drink. And you can join in. Whether it's fab ales, tasty ciders, new age gin or serious sparklers, the Festival helps you get to taste some of the region's finest produce. 

Always fun, always tasty, below are my Top 10 Highlights.

To catch up with all the events, head to the comprehensive Brighton & Hove Food Festival website to see what takes your fancy.

Kids play at BHFDF

This year, as ever, the juniors are catered for too, with their own Children's Food Festival on 6 & 7 September, so there really is something for everyone.

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My Top 10 highlights

[1] Bitter & Twisted

Thursday 4 September, 7pm

Bitter & twisted dinner- Julia Claxton

What better way to kick off the Festival, I just love this one. The guys and girls behind great beers and ciders come along to pitch for your votes. You get to try their drinks alongside some ace tapas-style dishes.

Euan Macdonald of www.60secondreviews.com is our host, and this year's contenders include a top local line-up: Arundel Brewery, Brighton Bier, Harveys, King Beer, Long Man Brewery, Laine Brewery & Wobblegate Juice & Cider.

I'll see you there.

Live Food Show Marquee, Hove Lawns, Tickets: £25 in advance

Sussex & the World Market

Sat & Sun, 6 & 7 September

Expect a throng whatever the weather as over a 100 producers share their tastes and their time on Hove Lawns.

BlackdownLocal cuisines rub alongside those from further afield, [2] Blackdown Sussex Spirits founder Sarah Thompson is hosting a tasting and cocktail masterclass on Sunday at 2pm (£15), while [3] Ridgeview shares sparkles on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm (£15).

There's a Live Food Show, a fantastic Children's Food Festival, plus the suave and knowledgeable David Davies from La Cave à Fromage. Wobblegate and Harvey's Brewery will be there too.

And my fourth Highlight, [4] Bulldog British Dry Gin are championing the Brighton Mix Off cocktail competiton , 1pm, Saturday.

And not for the faint of heart - there's a new Chilli Zone, where you can check out your Scoville survival techniques. 

10am - 5pm, Hove Lawns, Brighton

[5] Brighton Wine Festival

Saturday, 6 September 6.30-9.30pm

Wines from Sussex are joined by siblings from as far afield as California and Western Australia as Butlers Wine Cellar joins with the Feistval to host the city's largest independent wine festival.

Leading independent vintners such as Noel Young and James Hocking of The Vineyard Cellars will be sharing their wares alongside Sussex stalwarts, Ridgeview, and award-winning relative newcomers Stopham Estate and Court Garden. Blackdown Cellars is present too, and the ticket price includes a tapas tray from Beach BBQ.

£20 in advance

[6] The Three Chefs

Monday 8 Sept, 7pm, the restaurant at Drakes, Marine Parade, Brighton

A one-off event, with three top chefs joining together for one evening of gastronomic heaven.

Food & wine at Brighton Food Festival, by Julia ClaxtonSo what's the drinks link? Well they will be specially matched to each course, and will include local stars, including a Ridgeview sparkler and an elderberry port from Blackdown Artisan Spirits, aka our friends at Lurgashall.

Proceedings close with cheese courtesy of the dapper David Deaves of Hove’s La Cave á Fromage. So join Rob Carr of Hotel du Vin, Andrew MacKenzie of Drakes and Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees for a unique foodie treat.

Advance tickets £55 from www.brightonfoodfestival.com

The No 7 spot was going to be the ever popular, Make Your Case wine tasting evening, but it’s only gone and sold out – the first event this year to do so! So instead, I’m going for…

[7] Wine & Chocolate Adventure 

Saturday, 13 September, 7pm

The inimitable Henry Butler is in charge of the wines, and handmade chocs come courtesy of Brighton’s Chocaholly.

£35 in advance

[8] Big Sussex Market

Cheese at BHFDF

Saturday & Sunday, 13-14 September10am-5pm. 

The closing weekend sees the return of the Big Sussex Market to New Road, with locally grown fruit and veg, local cider, beer, meats, cheeses and the classic array of hot food to tempt you. 

New Road, Brighton;  Free entry

[9]  London Road Food Trail

Sunday 14 September, 2-5pm

Ten tastes for a tenner that will demonstrate far better than anything I can write why London Road has become one of the most fun foodie thoroughfares in Brighton. Expect tapas-sized tasters and generous drink samples.

Food Lab£10 in advance, tickets give you wristbands and maps to guide you on your way. Find out more here.

[10]  Food Lab

Sunday 14 September, 3pm

 Making its debut appearance, see what happens when leading local producer get all creative in the kitchen with some of Brighton's most talented chefs.

Find out more about this truly unique – and I don't often use that word – event here

£55 in advance

64 Degrees, Meeting House Lane

Thanks to Julia Claxton for the use of her photographs (all apart from the not-quite-in-focus Bitter & Twisted one, which I have to claim as my own!)