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The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, managed by a voluntary group of dedicated local business people with a passion for great food and a collective will to support the local food economy.

We run two major festivals each year in April and September, and support a wide range of other events including providing food areas at other festivals and running the weekly Churchill Square Farmers Market. Our aim is to support the food economy of Brighton & Hove, and wider Sussex, from farmers and producers through to retailers and restaurateurs, by encouraging local people and businesses to buy, grow and enjoy good food, whilst also promoting the city’s offering to visitors. We are the biggest food festival in the south of England attracting over 160,000 people to our events in 2011, with an economic impact of £4.1m on the local economy. The directors and committee members freely give their time, skills and expertise to manage and organise the festival each year. We aim to make our FREE anchor events financially sustainable through market fees, ticketing, sponsorship and the on-going support of the local business community. We currently receive no public sector grants or support from the city council. If you would like to be involved in the Autumn Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, which will run 7 - 24 September 2012, then please contact us on 01273 77 00 44 or visit us online at

Paula Archer Partner, Woolley Bevis Diplock LLP

“I was delighted to be asked to join the Festival committee as their in-house legal advisor and look forward to providing whatever assistance I can in the coming years. I believe the Festival not only provides wonderful opportunities for local producers and businesses to showcase their wares, but also creates a substantial boost to the local economy and delivers such a range of gastronomic delights to its visitors.”

Soozie Campbell Explore Brighton


“I support the Festival through marketing, sponsorship and promotional vehicles. I keenly promote local businesses and producers, and I’m actively supporting farmers markets by lobbying for better sites for these events in the city.”

Jess Crocker Harvest Manager, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

“Harvest helps people in Brighton to grow their own and eat more local food. We’re finding new land for growing in unexpected places and running courses on food growing, preserving and more. We also support and promote businesses and community groups that sell, cook or grow local food.”

Zoe Cunliffe Mixology Group

“I’ve just joined the Committee and look forward to developing the Brighton Mix Off competition over the coming years, and creating more awareness of the festival with Brighton’s bar industry.”

Nathalie Gomez de Vera Festival Administrator, and Account Manager, Brighton Visitor

“I help co-ordinate the day-to-day running of the festival including the event bookings, brochure and website content, and a lot of general running around to keep everything ticking. The festival is an incredibly important resource for the city through making Sussex produce accessible to local people in a fun and interesting way.” • 01273 77 00 44

Frank Jay Festival Director, and proprietor of the Chilli Shop

“I organise the festival’s major outdoor events including the Big Sussex Market in New Road and the weekly Churchill Square Farmers Market. I also run the UK’s first dedicated chilli shop at Brighton Marina. I believe in supporting the local economy by showcasing local produce and restaurants in high profile evocative themed events.”

Karl Jones Proprietor, Moshi Moshi

“More than any other organisation I have been involved with, being on the committee has given me an opportunity to help promote some great producers and suppliers. Just because our restaurant is Japanese, people think we buy only from far flung and exotic locations, when in truth we try to source as much as we can locally. What has surprised me is the amazing amount of work and dedication that goes in year-round to ensure the success of the Festival.”

Andrew Kay Food & Drink Editor, Latest 7 magazine

“I am the presenter of the Live Food Shows. On stage with the chefs I chat about what they are doing and their style of cooking, often with a knife in my hand to help, and I field questions from the audience. I’m obsessed with good food above all and in Sussex we have very good food indeed which is why I am passionate about eating local. I particularly proud of the new International Chef Exchange we’ve launched in 2012.” Make a date to join as at the next Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival which runs 7 - 24 September 2012

Hilary Knight Sussex Food & Drink Network

“I’ve spent my entire career in the food and drink sector and for the past seven years I’ve run local food organisations A Taste of Sussex and the Sussex Food & Drink network. The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival is especially important to promote the local producers and the local rural economy by encouraging consumers and restaurants to sample the fantastic produce Sussex has to offer.” Rachel Lampen

MD RLPR Ltd & founder Bonjour Breakfast

“The Live Food Show takes months of careful planning and the weekend is exhausting but I’m passionate about food and love working with local restaurants and bars, and the brilliant Andrew Kay. This will be my third year - I can’t wait.”

Roger Marlowe Festival Director & Chair, and Paskins Townhouse

“The Brighton & Hove Food Festival started 10 years ago to encourage us all to choose more local food. As you can see from all the clamour for local food around us, and the amount featured on good restaurants menus, we are succeeding in our objective.”


Nick Mosley Festival Director, Brighton Visitor Publisher, and Tourism Alliance Vice-Chair

“I’m MD of the festival which means I work all year to make things happen. I thoroughly enjoy being hands-on at our events; it’s a real buzz seeing people enjoy themselves and local businesses generating revenue. The food and hospitality industries in and around the city are so important to our local economy and I’m proud of the huge contribution and on-going support of the food festival team.”

Contact: • 01273 77 00 44 Shoshana Plail

“I am proud to have recently joined the Committee, and I’m helping to organise children’s foodie activities through

some great local independent cookery workshop businesses, as well as helping develop child friendly events in the Festival. I’m passionate about encouraging opportunities for children to break down stereotypical food barriers and try non-traditional dishes through local producers and eateries.” Olivia Reid Marketing, Events & PR Manager, Terre á Terre

“I joined the festival committee two years ago excited by the idea of meeting and working with more local foodie professionals and producers, keen to have an input in the planning and scheduling of events from a restaurant perspective and eager to promote Brighton’s food and drink sector on a national scale. I’m currently helping set up the new Brighton Restaurant Association, and I am overjoyed to see the festival growing in every way year on year!”

Paula Seager Director, Natural PR

“I am passionate about Sussex food and have supported the festival for many years, helping to build this great promotional platform for local produce and the excellent food offer in the city. We at Natural PR manage the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards to enhance the festival and promote the very best Brighton & Hove food outlets.”

Adam Style FCCA Accountant and Festival Director

“I do my best to support everyone else on this page - let’s face it, they are the ones doing all the hard work. Brighton & Hove is an amazing place to live and the Food & Drink Festival makes a huge contribution towards this. I’m delighted to be playing my part.”

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