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Tuck into Brighton's Autumn Harvest food and drink festival

29th July 2014 Print
Autumn Harvest

Brighton's famous food festival returns for its second outing of the year, showcasing great local and international food and drink over eleven days this September. As Patron of the Food Festival, drakes is proud to advocate and paticipate in this excellent city event again this year. 
Now in its 13th year, the festival is one of the largest and longest established dates in the UK food calendar and attracts around 160,000 visitors a year to the city-by-the-sea.
Running from 4-14 September, the Autumn Harvest sees the welcome return of two huge free entry weekends – the Sussex & The World Market featuring the Live Food Show and Children's Food Festival on Hove Lawns, and the Big Sussex Market on New Road – alongside a host of speciality dinners, tours and tastings.
“We've some really imaginative new events this year”, said festival director Nick Mosley. “I'm particularly looking forward to Food Lab which partners top local chefs and producers together to create a unique dish or product. And we've got a great line-up of interactive events including tasting masterclasses and the new AEG cookery theatre where festival goers can cook live with chefs”.
drakes will once again host The Three Chef's Event, featuring 3 top Brighton Chefs who will collaborate together to produce a stunning 3 course dinner at Brighton's top boutique hotel restaurant. This event will be held on Septebmer 8th.
Festival favourite Bitter & Twisted returns featuring eight local brewers and cider makers on Thursday 4 September, plus the festival will be hosting the city's biggest ever independent wine festival on the seafront on Saturday 6 September. Trails and tours include the Sussex Wine Bus Tour and an afternoon trail of the food and drink offering of London Road.
“Whilst we always have and always will promote Sussex food and drink, we've got an increasingly strong global strand to the festival driven by our International Chef Exchange”, continues Mosley. “We're hosting A Taste of Sicily evening event with our friends from the Nivarata festival in Acireale where there'll be showcase of traditional Sicilian food and wine, alongside live granita and gelato making on stage, I'm really excited about that one. We're also partnering with Western Australia for a second festival, and welcoming the return leg of our recent Swedish chef exchange back to Sussex, plus we'll see our restaurateur friends from the Hague and Guernsey popping up on the Live Food Show.”
Participating restaurants and food businesses across the festival include the restaurant at drakes, 64 Degrees, The Pass, Jeremy's, Terre à Terre, Hotel du Vin, The Coal Shed, The Chilli Pickle, Silo, Curry Leaf Café, La Cave à Fromage, Boutique et Salon de Thé, Azure, La Choza and Boho Gelato.
For complete events – including free and ticketed activities – visit the festival website at including The Three Chefs Event at drakes.

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Autumn Harvest