Celebrate Brighton’s hospitality sector during Spring Harvest Festival
May is a very busy month for Brighton and Hove. Not only do we have the Brighton Arts and Fringe festivals, but we also have the Brighton and Hove Spring Harvest Food Festival. That is three festivals in just one month, small wonder that Brighton is one of the best places in the country to live.
Seeing as this is a food and drink column you will not be surprised to find that I am focussing on our wonderful food and drink festival. Many of you will already be aware of the superb free event that takes place over the bank holiday weekend on Hove Lawns. This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the festival. With two weeks of events, pop ups, tours and tastings to enjoy, I thought I would focus on some of these in this week’s column. If you are into your food and drink these are not to be missed and represent some of the best food events taking place all year.
Food Festival Events
Everything kicks off on the 18th May with the start of Brighton Cocktail week. By now I hope you all have your wristbands and are already tucking into Tom Collins and Mojitos across the city. One event that I will be attending is the Johannishof Riesling dinner at The Chilli Pickle. The event will feature the award-winning food of head chef Alun Sperring, matched with Riesling wines from one of Germany’s noblest producing regions. Tickets cost £65 for five courses with matched wines, and can be purchased from the Chilli Pickle.
If you need to walk off the previous night’s excesses then be sure to grab a ticket for the Brighton food trail on Sunday the 21st. The event will be a tour of the city centre where you will get to sample ten different delights for just £16 from numerous different venues. Grab a map, fork and get out and see what Brighton has to offer.
Experience a taste of West Sweden, when chef Linus Palm from Hvita Hjorten joins Brighon’s own Tom Griffiths of Flank for a one off pop up on the 23rd. Taking place at the newly opened Etch. restaurant in Hove, this will be a celebration of all things Scandinavian. Expect preserves, pickles, ferments and curing aplenty. Tickets cost £55 including a welcome drink.
“Three Chefs Go to the Movies” takes place on the 24th May at vegetarian restaurant 1847. This fun and creative event challenges the chefs to prepare dishes inspired by their favourite movies. This year expect dishes inspired by The Big Lebowski, Point Break and Pulp Fiction. The vegetarian feast will include some surprises and interactive elements and is a snip at just £35 a head including a welcome drink.
If you are a fan of fizz, and let’s be honest who isn’t, then don’t miss the Pommery Champagne dinner at The Harbour Hotel on the 25th May. Pommery are one of France’s oldest champagne houses, and you will get to sample their range alongside matched dishes cooked by chef Alex Aitken. A truly decadent event and all for £65 a ticket.
Crowning the festival is the Taste of Guernsey event at Market in Hove on Monday the 29th. Reigning Guernsey chef of the Year, Simon Mckenzie, of Bella Luce hotel will be preparing a fabulous brunch inspired by the tastes of Guernsey. Luke Wheadon, of Wheadon’s Gin, will be presenting a gin masterclass, distilling a gin during the meal to be served at the end. Tickets cost just £35 and can be purchased from the venue.
Come join the fun on Hove lawns!
These are just a few of the events taking place, so get out there and support your city’s hard working hospitality scene whilst having a fantastic time. If you cannot make one of these events be sure to come down to Hove Lawns over the bank holiday weekend and soak up the delights of Brighton and Hove’s original and free to attend food festival. Always a fantastic event for all the family there are plenty of food and drink stalls, live cookery demonstrations for the city’s top chefs, children’s food tent, a world record attempt and much more!