Food & Drink Events
Brighton Vegan Summer Festival
The Level, Union Road, Brighton
Saturday-Sunday June 2-3
Tickets £5 per day/£8 full weekend
At this huge outdoor vegan celebration will be more than 100 stalls, 10 world food caterers, talks, cookery demonstrations, live entertainment and live music. There will also be workshops offering free nutritional advice and highlighting the best aspects of living without animal products.
Edible Flowers & Unusual Salad Leaves Workshop
Tuppenny Barn, Main Road, Southbourne
Saturday June 16, 10am-12noon
Maggie Haynes will be showing what edible flowers and unusual salad leaves are produced at Tuppenny Barn, a community project promoting sustainable working practices, with growing hints and tips and the opportunity to taste different varieties. The workshop, which is suitable for all abilities, includes homemade refreshments, seeds, tasters and handouts.
Summer Tasting Day
Cowdray Farm Shop, Midhurst
Saturday June 23, 10am-4pm
Many of the suppliers of the Cowdray Farm Shop and cafe will be here for this tasting day.
Operatic High Tea
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath
Sunday July 1, 3pm-5pm
Normal admission charges apply/booking essential
Enjoy a high tea listening to an afternoon of operatic highlights performed by Opera Brava.
Phone 01444 450326 or visit bordehill.co.uk.
West Dean Gardens, West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX
Friday-Sunday August 10-12
At the UK’s biggest chilli festival, you can taste chilli foods until your tongue sizzles. There is live music from DJs and Latin bands, Latin dance demonstrations and workshops with professional dancers, more than 140 stalls offering chilli gifts, plants seeds and produce, Los Amigos, champagne, cider and cocktail bars, a children’s funfair, workshops and camping. At the cookery theatre, top chefs will demonstrate their culinary expertise with creative chilli-based recipes. Using ingredients from all over the world, they will inspire ideas you can easily recreate at home. There will also be a Gardening Theatre, when you can hear from a variety of experts with gardening talks and demonstrations, and see the 150 chillies on display in the glasshouses. There will be a guided tour of the Walled Gardens and a discussion about growing your own chillies. Pictured above, left: last year’s chill fiesta/picture: Barney Poole. Above, right: chillies growing at West Dean Gardens/picture: Vicki Isted. Below: a performer at last year’s festival/pictures: Barney Poole.
Phone 01243 811301 or visit chillifiesta.co.uk.
A Taste of Autumn with Juliet Sargeant and Sam Matthews
Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield
Thursday October 4, 10.30am-12noon
£29.50/RHS members £23.60, includes talk, drink and garden tasters
Chelsea Gold Medal-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant (pictured), a TV presenter and judge of Channel 4’s Village of the Year, delivers an easy way to learn more about your garden. She has teamed up with Sam Matthews, former chef to Pavarotti & The Three Tenors, to create a surprising taster menu and talk. Juliet will introduce you to common garden plants that you can eat , while Sam serves up delicious tasters to whet your appetite.
Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.