I LOVE Brighton. I lived there for three years, and I cried for a week after I left – the pier, the beach, the pubs, the Pavilion, and the seemingly endless celebrations and festivals hosted there – I love that seaside town.
One of those festivals is the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival. It’s a biannual event running for 10 days in April and throughout the month of September. So yeah, it’s just over halfway done for this year, but here’s what you can still get in on.
Wednesday 21 September, 7-10pm
Seven Bees Cafe, 7b Ship Street Gardens
Fridays in September, 6pm-8:30pm
Dining in the dark. 3 courses of “Asian-inspired” food served while diners are blindfolded. Madame Geisha, 75-79 East Street
Thursday 29 September, 7-10pm
“Secret Sussex” at the Grand. It’s a twist on the traditional secretness of the secret supperclub, in that the location is known but the food and entertainment are secret. £35 per person. The Grand, Kings Road
Tuesday 27 September – Sunday 2 October, 8pm-10:30pm (plus matinee performances 1pm on weekends)
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience. I’m wondering if the “u” instead of the “w” in faulty is for copyright type issues. Either way, based upon characters from the TV show Fawlty Towers, this dinner and a show has played at Edinburgh Fringe, and is reportedly hilarious.
£50 for a three-course dinner and two-hour show on Fridays and Saturdays, £45 for a three-course dinner and two-hour show during the week, £40 for a three-course lunch and two-hour show (Saturdays and Sundays only). Thistle Brighton, Kings Road
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October, 8-11pm
Secret Supperclub: Dining on the edge of the Downs. Bring your own wine; £25 suggested donation. Check the website for location details.
Wednesday 21 September, 6-7pm
- Classic wine tasting – think European tipples. £25 per person from Hotel du Vin reception or telephone.
Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street
Wednesday 21 September, 7:30-8:30pm
New World wines – America, Australia, and New Zealand. £25 per person from Hotel du Vin reception or telephone. Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street
Thursday 22 September, 7pm-9:30pm
Tutored Sake tasting. £35 Moshi Moshi, Opticon, Bartholomew Square
Wednesday 28 September, 6-7pm
Wine and cheese pairing. Learn what to match with what. £30 per person from Hotel du Vin reception or telephone. Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street
Wednesday 28 September, 7.30-8:30pm
English wines vs. those from around the world. I didn’t know that England had a large spectrum of wines, but I guess I was wrong. £25 per person from Hotel du Vin reception or telephone. Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October, from noon
First Brighton Oktoberfest. £5 per session includes a branded pint glass. There will be a hog roast, and on Sunday night an Ooompa band. Pub du Vin, 6 Ship Street
Every Wednesday in September, 11am-4pm
- Churchill Square Farmers Market and Live Food Kitchen. Cooking classes and demonstrations.
Churchill Square Plaza
Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 September, 10am-6pm
Sussex & the World Market. Taste food from around the world vs. locally produced food. Hove Lawns, Kingsway
Sunday 25 September, 11am-5pm
Apple Day. Family activities, apple identification, and cooking demonstrations. Stanmer Park
Every Sunday in September, 12pm-5pm
Free vegan ice cream samples by Aloka. Aloka Quality of Life Centre, 14 East Street
Sunday 25 September and Sunday 2 October, 7pm-9:30pm
- The Moshi Moshi masterclass. Learn about and how to make sushi.
Moshi Moshi, Opticon, Bartholomew Square
Music & Dance
Thursdays in September, 5pm-10:30pm
- Live jazz and cocktails.
The Grand, Kings Road
Thursdays in September, 7pm-10pm
Live flamenco dancing. AguaDulce Spanish Restaurant, 10-11 Kings Road