While the major part of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink festival takes place each year in September, the festival is now running enough activities to this spring to fill your belly, quench your thirst and whet your appetite for the autumn.
For bubbly lovers the festival is working in cahoots with the Hotel du Vin to put on the Brighton Champagne and Local Sparkling Wine Festival on Sunday 3 April 2011. The event will feature wines from the Champagne region as well as local sparkling wines from across Sussex, including Ridgeview, Breaky Bottom and Bolney Estate, as well as offering guests the chance to talk to growers, sample gourmet food and seafood dishes, and take part in tutored tastings. On the two previous days that weekend, 1-2 April, join one of three five-hour sessions at Pub du Vin of the Sussex Beer Festival. Sample locally produced beers and ciders as well as classic British pub grub and a hog roast.
The Big Sussex Market running at the same time also has two cocktail bars and Hepworths beer available, as well as a market absolutely packed with locally sourced foods from fresh fruit and veg to several chances to sooth your sweet tooth.
These three events all mark the start of the brand-new Brighton & Hove Restaurant Week from 1-8 April, which sees restaurants, cafes and gastropubs offering up excellent set price to explore as many of tastes of Brighton and Hove as possible.
Chocoholics do not fret, you have not been forgotten. In fact there is an entire festival dedicated to chocolate lovers from 16-17 April 2011, the second annual Brighton Chocolate Festival returns to Brighton. Guests can stock up on chocolate essentials, learn how to make their own chocolate and even meet award winning chocolatiers after weaving through dozens of stalls showcasing products like chocolate fudge, crepes with chocolate, churros with chocolate, chocolate pretzels, chocolate cocktails, chocolate cake, hot chocolate and even chocolate savoury food.
For those who have been focusing on their summer bikini bodies, it’s a good thing that the Brighton Marathon takes place the following weekend to work off the excesses of this fantastic foodie week!