Welcome to the latest edition of Food, Booze and Reviews…News with me your host. This weeks offering is a bit of recap on last weekend’s food festival; exciting news about an upcoming festival; plus a mention for a craft beer festival that is taking place on Saturday – it is festival season over here at Food, Booze and Reviews.
Brighton and Hove Food Festival
Last weekend saw the final event of the Brighton and Hove Food Festival program take place on Hove Lawns. The event was extremely well attended as the bank holiday weather brought an abundance of sunshine and balmy evenings. The live food shows featured some of the city’s top chefs utilising game meats to celebrate the start of the game season. The event, which was sponsored by Taste of Game http://tasteofgame.org.uk/, also featured yours truly on the Beach BBQ cook off on both Saturday and Sunday which was great fun.
The festival celebrates all things Sussex and beyond with the festival bar supplied by The Beer Collective, Spirits from Blackdown Artisan Spirits and sparkling wine from Ridgeview. Other local favourites such as Boho Gelato, The Mixology group and Azaro Dhabo were also represented.
With the public votes now closed I cannot wait for the food awards winners to be announced later this year, watch this space for future updates.
Brighton’s Best Octoberbest Announced
On Thursday evening I was invited along to the official launch of an exciting new restaurant festival “Octoberbest” that will be taking place in the final two weeks of October. Andy Lynes, Euan MacDonald and Patrick Mcguigan, the men behind the hugely popular Brighton’s Best Awards, have created the festival in which the top 20 restaurants in the city, as voted for in the awards earlier this year, will be offering special £20 deals. This means that people can eat at places such as 64 Degrees, The Set, The Chili Pickle, Moshimo and Bincho Yakitori for just £20 or an equally excellent equivalent deal.
Full details are yet to be confirmed so head to www.brightonsbestrestaurants.com/ to check for updates as and when they appear. I will be doing a full write up for the Brighton and Hove Independent and on here soon. Remember to use #octoberbest on social media to get the word out and follow @brightontop20 on twitter.
Brighton Brewers Market
The last Brighton Brewers Market of this year takes place on Saturday at Yardy behind Marwood coffee house on Ship Street. If you have not been to one of these events then make sure you head down. Extra special one off craft beer collaborations that are not available anywhere else are to be had. Headed up by Jack Tavare of Beercraft Brighton and Rhys Davies of Brighton Bier the idea is to showcase the awesome beer scene that our city has, and promote the people that make it what it is. As well as sourcing beers from the best local breweries they have teamed up with a few local bars that have supported and shouted about great beer in Brighton. A team from each bar was sent to Beercraft to gypsy brew a beer that best represented their bar to showcase at the festival.
This month’s edition will feature a big punchy US IPA from the Brighton Beer Dispensary and BrewDog have made a Rosemary Wit, the recipe of which was written by a keen homebrewer amongst the staff. There will also be a collaboration brew especially for the festival from Beercraft and UnBarred which is a DIPA collab at 8.4%. The festival will feature 6 different beers all poured from a custom made keg beer piano called Margaux. Doors open at 12 and go till 10pm/sold out with DJ’s and street food all day. Head to their Facebook page or follow on twitter @BtonBrewMarket for more information.