Welcome to Spring Harvest 2012 Celebrating 10 years of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
Since our epic five week food festival in September 2011, we’ve been hard at work planning another superb Spring Harvest featuring the return of favourites such as the FREE Live Food Show and Big Sussex Market, which together attract over 40,000 foodies to the heart of the city. We’ve also got a whole host of new events including the Cakes & Bakes festival at Churchill Square and the Brighton Fish Festival.
We’re incredibly proud to announce the first ever International Chef Exchange which will see Andy MacKenzie from Drakes of Brighton swap with chef Audrey Eussen from the Beaumont hotel and restaurant in Maastricht. Spear-headed by committee member and local foodie Andrew Kay, and supported by the Dutch tourist board, this exciting swap will see Audrey prepare a festival gala meal in the kitchens of Drakes, meet Sussex producers and demonstrate her skills on the Live Food Stage. Then Andy will be heading to Holland in the summer to showcase the best of Brighton and Sussex at Maastricht’s Preuvenemint Culinary Festival. We’ve already got more exchanges in the pipeline including Montpelier, New York and Tokyo!
After a three year break, we’re also welcoming back the Children’s Food Festival which this year will be held in the Dome foyer and features live food demos, hands-on workshops and a ‘Food Bravery’ event featuring blind buckets and tasters. This is accompanied by our new Community Food area where you can meet local people, charities and not-for-profit organisations involved in growing and suppling food, and promoting sustainability and good health.
In the run up to the festival period, we’ve got a number of events you can participate in. Local primary schools are already busy designing for the Great Brighton Pizza Competition run in partnership with Donatello and Rockinghorse, whilst Mixology Group are helping us find the best Bloody Mary in town
for the Mix Off Competition. And, of course, the 2012 Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards will launch in late March so you can vote for your favourite restaurant, food pub, food shop and café.
It often comes as a surprise to people when they realise that, unlike so many regional food festivals, the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival receives no public sector funding or support. Despite this, we are committed to ensuring our events as accessible to as many people as possible, and as you’ll see in this brochure, entrance to all of our anchor events is FREE. Of course, whilst the city’s two annual food festivals take a huge amount of work – both before and during the event periods – the committee does so much more to support the local food economy throughout the year: advising on sustainability, creating relationships between suppliers and buyers, providing quality local food to other events, and most recently launching the new Brighton Restaurant Association to give a collective space for independent restaurateurs to share best practice.
We are sustained by the enormous efforts of the voluntary festival committee, local businesses and commercial sponsors who help support the significant costs of promoting, infrastructure building and staffing our major events. I firmly believe that a huge debt of gratitude is owed to the festival organisation for its ongoing efforts to put Brighton & Hove and wider Sussex on the national and international food stage.
I can’t end without mentioning our recent award win for Leisure & Tourism at the prestigious Sussex Business Awards; I know it means a huge amount to the festival team to see this level of recognition for our continuing contribution to the economic and cultural life of the city. Well done to all of you!
So that just leaves me to invite you to savour the festival brochure and make a date to tuck in to Brighton & Hove with us this spring!
Nick Mosley Festival director
We would like to thank Southern Railway and Brighton Pier for their continuing support to the festival. Brochure editorial: Steve Green (DevourSussex.com
), Nathalie Gomez de Vera, Andrew Kay, Nick Mosley, Johnny Others, Olivia Reid Official festival photographer: Julia Claxton, www.photography.juliaclaxton.net
• Brochure images: Julia Claxton, Steve Green, istockphoto.com
, SNAP, Artfeeder Media Partners: Brighton Visitor, Childfriendlybrighton.co.uk
, Juice 102.7, Latest 7 • Festival PR: Natural PR Ltd • Festival video: Echo Video Productions Ltd Brochure, website and festival branding & advertising produced on behalf of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival by Sharp Media Ltd • 01273 77 00 44 © Sharp Media Ltd / Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival 2012. All rights reserved.
This brochure is produced from sustainable resources and is a product of FSC managed forests. For every tree cut down, at least one more is planted, thus ensuring constant regeneration.
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