It is without a doubt the most wonderful time of the year, even more so if you are partial to indulgence in food and drink. There is nothing like the festive season for us food lovers as we are faced with sweet treats, spiced drinks and roast meats at every turn. Even those who are a little more restrained throughout the rest of the year cannot help indulging a little more than usual.
Now that we have all cracked into door two of our advent calendars, I thought I would make you aware of some of the fantastic food events taking place this month. Not only will these give you a chance to partake in some festive frivolities, they will also be a source of gift ideas for the foodie in your life.
Brewdog Brighton Christmas Market
On Sunday the 4th Brewdog in Brighton are hosting a Christmas arts and crafts market between 12:00PM and 6:00PM. Local creatives and Brewdog’s artsy and crafty customers will be peddling their wares inside the Brighton pub. There will be an eclectic mix of clothing, cosmetics, food and jewellery on offer. Best of all the bar will be open which means all stalls can be perused with a glass of your favourite craft beer in hand to assist with the decision making process.
Gin and Bear It! Boozy Xmas Market
Brighton’s favourite gin pop up purveyors, Gin and Bear It, will be holding their own Boozy Xmas Market on Saturday the 10th at the Exeter Street Hall from 12:00PM till 6:00PM. Not only will be guys be selling their wonderful gin based festive stockings and gifts, they will also be selling mulled sloe gin to keep the cold away. Other boozy stalls will include beers and ales from Kiln Brewery and Arundel Brewery; and Hebridean Sprits will be on hand to keep the festive spirits high. There will also be cakes from Lavender Bazaar and food courtesy of Forgotten Cuts. Other stalls will include vintage jewellery and furniture, antiques, hats, flowers, preserves, gifts and more.
Home for Christmas Pop Up
If you are looking for a great festive get together, The Watchmakers Arms in Hove will be hosting a Christmas pop up with Gin and Bear It on Monday the 12th. Brighton’s friendliest pub, and sellers of the best ale in town, will be having a little get together with the vintage gin men from 6pm. Ales, ciders and cocktails will be available to make for a totally joyful and triumphant time.
Brighton Food Tours Christmas Special
Throughout the month of December Brighton Food Tours will be holding their Christmas special food and drink walking tours. Taking place every Friday and Saturday, and then daily from Tuesday the 20th until Thursday the 22nd, you can join them and get all your festive foodie shopping done in one fell swoop. Not only will you get to take advantage of exclusive discount offers, you get the added bonus of discovering new independent food spots as you nibble and sip your way around the city.
Having been on their V.I.B food tour I can vouch for their excellent knowledge of Brighton’s best food spots. Co-founders Angela Brightwell and Catriona Lane are fantastic hosts who will be able to make your Christmas shopping experience a fun and painless one. Advance booking is essential and tours cost £40 including all samples and tastings. Head over to www.BrightonFoodTours.com for information.
Etch. Pop up at Tom Foolery Cafe in Shoreham
If you are looking for something a little different to the usual restaurant Christmas menu for your December get together; Etch. will be holding a four day pop up at Tom Foolery café in Shoreham. Chef/Director Steve Edwards will be taking over the kitchen between the 6th and 9th December showcasing his Sussex inspired six course tasting menu. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience Steve’s interactive dining experience before the Etch. restaurant opens in Hove next Spring. For further information and to book your seat head over to www.etchfood.co.uk and get a taste of Steve’s food before anyone else.
Polygon Pop Up in aid of Shelterbox with 64 Degrees and The Set
Whilst that thought is in your head, Polygon Pop up are holding a fundraising event for Shelter Box which is being held at The Skiff 30 Blackman Street BN1 4GD on the Friday the 2nd. Come and sample superb street food from 64 Degrees and The Set, plus drinks from The Cocktail Shack and the Polygon bar. There will also be a YeYe Fever DJ set and an exhibition of local art for sale. This is part of a national fundraising event for Shelter Box who make aid boxes for families who have been affected by natural disasters. Doors open at 6pm and entrance is just £3 with 10% of all proceeds going to the charity.
Laine Brew Co Meet the Brewer Special
Laine Brew Co love beer. They love beer so much they’re bringing one of the most famous brewers in the world to talk at their next Meet The Brewer event in Brighton on the 7th December. Fans of brewing will be beside themselves with the news that Willem van Waesberghe is coming to town. “For those unfamiliar with the name” said Jack Hibberd from Laine Brew Co, “Mr van Waesberghe is the Master Brewer for Heineken, making him basically a world super brewer. His arrival in Brighton may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet him”
Once Mr van Waesberghe has delivered his beer-based wisdom Laine Brew Co will bring out some of The North Laine Brewhouse’s tasty food, supply all with H41° to try – as well as their own highly regarded beers. The Laine Brew Co brewers will be around to talk beer, as will Mr van Waesberghe. There will be few, who won’t want to shake the hand of this legend, we’re sure.
Anyone wishing to attend this special Meet The Brewer event should contact Jack Hibberd on firstname.lastname@example.org.
These events represent just a small slice of the festive fun that can be had in Brighton this month. There are some fantastic Christmas menu’s available, from cosy traditional home cooked food through to the slightly more exotic or contemporary. It is important to remember that, in amongst all this fun and excitement, we all have a responsibility to stay safe and keep each other safe. Let us also remember those that are less fortunate and find this time of year a real struggle.
I would like to extend my warmest festive wishes to you all and I hope you have a wonderful time throughout this joyous month.