Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival’s ‘Spring Harvest’ returns to the city from Thursday 18th – Monday 29th May. This year’s event sees guest chefs from Germany, Guernsey, Gibraltar, the Netherlands and Sweden, working alongside some of the city’s biggest names including Matt Gillan, Steven Edwards, Alun Sperring, James Villiers and Michael Bremner.
Events include a deconstructed English wine dinner at the Ginger Dog, a fun Mexico versus Indian street food evening at Hotel du Vin, Pommery Champagne dinner with guest chef Alex Aitken at the Jetty, Food Lab at 64 Degrees, Iberian-North African fusion dinner at Jeremy’s Restaurant, Make Your Case ‘punk’ wine tasting, Riesling supper at The Chilli Pickle, Brighton Cocktail Week promotion, and three days of outdoor events on Hove Lawns, including the English Wine Week Festival.
“The festival is run by a Community Interest Company with specific social aims to promote and nurture the food and hospitality economy of our region” said festival director Nick Mosley. “Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, all of our major outdoor events on Hove Lawns are free entry for everyone to enjoy, and we work hard to ensure all of our ticketed events are accessible and affordable”.
Food at its Best
At Brighton’s Best Restaurant Awards
It was all change at Brighton’s Best Restaurants Awards with a brand new Top 20, highlighting the strength and diversity of the city’s thriving restaurants scene.
The awards saw 64 Degrees hold on to the number one spot for a second year, despite three new entries and five restaurants improving on their 2016 standings. Bincho Yakitori, the hugely popular Japanese grill restaurant, leapt eleven places to take the number two place, while the recently opened Italian Cin Cin was the highest new entry at number six. Fine dining got the thumbs up from the awards’ 150-strong voting panel of experts, with Isaac At moving from 20 to 14 and former Fat Duck chef Duncan Ray’s Little Fish Market entering the top five for the first time at number four.
The awards are voted for by experts including food writers, chefs, restaurateurs and business leaders, all of whom boast an intimate knowledge of the Brighton and Hove restaurant scene. Individual awards went to Michael Bremner who made it two for two by holding on to Best Chef; Matt Ottley of The Salt Room, who won Best Barkeep; and Cin Cin owner David Toscano sooped Best Welcome and Highest New Entry.
“We’re delighted that the new Top 20 reflects Brighton’s dynamic and fast moving restaurant scene,” said Andy Lynes, who, along with fellow Brighton-based food journalist Patrick McGuigan and 60 Second Reviews supremo Euan MacDonald co-founded and organised the awards. “It confirms Brighton as one of the best dining destinations outside London, and one that can stand side by side with cities like Bristol and Edinburgh. There’s something for everyone from innovative small plates to fabulous pizzas and of course great seafood.”