Autumn seems to be well underway with this week seeing me bring out the winter coat for the first time. This is both a good and bad thing. Summer is past and soon we will not see the sun for a good 6 months or so; but on the plus side comfort food is back on the menu.
The change in seasons has not affected the local food scene, with more openings and events taking place all over Brighton and beyond. With that in mind it is time for another edition of Food, Booze and Reviews…News.
Worthing Beer Festival
Those glorious words have been joined together in unholy matrimony to form the joyous union of beer festival. This weekend sees the 20th annual CAMRA Real Ale and Cider festival taking place at The Assembly Hall in Worthing. On both Friday and Saturday, real ale and cider fans can enjoy a vast array of delicious beverages over the course of four different “sessions”. Tickets for each session cost just £5 or £2 for the Saturday evening, which I will be attending, and include a free glass and programme. There will also be a fantastic choice of food vendors serving up pies, pasties and pastrami to help soak up all that glorious booze.
For full information about the event and where to buy tickets head over to the official website by following this link.
Bison to Bristol film Screening
If real ale is not your thing and you prefer your beer just a little bit more crafty then this Saturday could have the event for you. Celebrating their recent Brighton to Bristol cycle ride, the Bison Beer team are hosting a special screening of their film documenting the ride. Not only that you will also get to sample their collaboration brew with Bristol’s Good Chemistry that has been created specially for the Bison Arms. The Ryed with Us IPA comes in at an impressive 6.3% and there will be food from Brighton trailblazers 64 Degrees. The short film will be followed by a screening of 80’s BMX film “Rad” with rumours of a themed drinking game being circulated.
Tickets for the event cost just £10 with all proceeds going to the Cedar Centre School who were recently the victims of theft. The charity, a special needs school, sadly had a number of their bikes stolen whilst the Bison2Bristol ride was taking place and so it is hoped that this event will help to raised some much needed funds.
Guerilla Grill @ Mange Tout
Brighton pop up, street food and event specialists Guerilla Grill will be hosting a pop up at Mange Tout bistro on Wednesday the 19th. Expect an evening of excellent Andalusian small plates and fantastic natural wines in the cool surroundings of Mange Tout. Tickets are not required as this is a walk in event that starts at 6pm.
Mange Tout is a small independent bistro that serves breakfast and lunch during the week and dinner on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check out their website by following this link.
Small Batch Coffee come to Worthing
Following the launch of Pizzaface and Boho Gelato in Worthing, we welcome another of Brighton’s most beloved brands with Small Batch Coffee Roasters now open. This chain of coffee shops have become one of the stars of Brighton’s independent food and drink scene and opening a branch in Worthing signals a positive step for the town. I will be heading along during the week to help celebrate the opening of the new shop, poor me, and to check out their new digs.
The new shop is located at 14-16 Portland Road, BN11 1QN and you can read all about Small Batch and their awesome coffee on their website by following this link.
Sussex Street Food of the Year Showdown 2016
On 23 October, 10am-4pm, at Carfax, Horsham the county’s top 10 street food vendors will fight it out in the ‘Street Food Rocks’ showdown! This FREE event is a great day to taste the very best of Sussex street food. As well as having a great day out, people can contribute on the day to the result of this exciting category in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2017.
This should be a really fantastic day out with some of Sussex’s best street food vendors doing their absolute best to win the title of Street Food Vendor of the Year. The line up is pretty impressive with anything from burgers and BBQ through to Punjabi and East African street food available. There will also be pop up bars, live music and artisan produce for sale.
Head over to the Sussex food awards website for full details by following this link.
OctoberBest starts on Monday
Last but absolutely not least is the exciting news that OctoberBEST, Brighton’s newest and most exciting restaurant festival, starts on Monday. This amazing new festival gives you the chance to eat at some of the best restaurants in Brighton for just £20. I know that I have written about this previously but I wanted to make you aware of it again so that you don’t miss out. Some more of the menus have been released and they are fantastic so please get booking now.