FOODIES can indulge their passions for the whole of September as the Horsham District Food and Drink Festival kicks off this month.

More than 150 events and offers from restaurants, bars, cafes, markets, retailers, farmers, farm shops and producers are expected to attract thousands of visitors as Horsham’s historic market towns celebrate the district’s fantastic food culture.

The Horsham district, with its southern reaches rooted in the South Downs National Park, is famed for its award-winning artisan producers, micro-breweries, vineyards, farms, farm shops, independent retailers and eateries offering local produce.

The Festival organised by Horsham District Council and sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses, is launched on the first weekend in September with the incomparable Big Nibble festival in Horsham Town – a series of events including food markets, displays, interactive shows, live cookery theatre and children’s fun food activities.

The district’s other market towns are also joining in the festivities. They include Henfield, Billingshurst and Storrington, while Steyning, as usual, puts on its extensive ‘festival within a festival’, with a series of more than 50 events and offers billed as “leaving you hungry for more” (turn the page for more details).

Organisers have published a guide showcasing all events and offers from businesses in all the market towns. ‘Food and Drink, Your Local Guide 2017/18’ contains contact details for all businesses taking part and a handy map to find your way around.

Horsham District Food and Drink Festival take place from Saturday September 2 to Sunday October 1. For more details and copies of Your Local Food & Drink Guide 2017/18, phone 01403 215264 or visit


Cream of the crop

Many of the Horsham district’s fabulous food and drink firms are among the finalists in this year’s Sussex Food and Drink Awards. Voting closes on Tuesday September 19. To vote for your favourites visit

Main picture: Wines from  Wiston Estate Winery in Washington, near Pulborough

Below: Your Local Food & Drink Guide 2017/18

Sussex x Waygu cattle at Trenchmore Farm, Cowfold, which produces beef and Silly Moo Sussex cider

A succulent selection of tomatoes from Nutbourne Nursery,  near Pulborough

The Camellia Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel, Lower Beeding

Tempting: some of the culinary treats on offer at the Horsham District Food and Drink Festival

Raw Chocolate Mulberries from The Raw Chocolate Co at Small Dole

A sample of the dishes at last year’s Big Nibble

Amberley Castle Hotel, which has a restaurant called The Queen’s Room

The White Horse Public House, Storrington