Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Hove Lawns this May Bank Holiday launching their 10th anniversary celebrations with celebrity chefs, new tasting theatres and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at.
Visitors to the festival can look forward to toasting Foodies’ big year in the New Wine and Champagne Theatre, where experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe will guide visitors through this season’s best bubblies from the south coast and around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole hosts masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre, matching foods with locally produced craft beers.
A New Tasting Theatre is an exciting addition to the festival with masterclasses designed to introduce festival-goers to the latest foods and flavours including Raw Food, Japanese Soul and Vegan.
[two_third_last]Sussex based Sarah Watson of Wild Feast will host Wild Herb and Foraging masterclasses, educating visitors where to find and pick wild herbs and how to create delicious wild-inspired cocktails, booze infusions and canapés. Local experts will also guide visitors through Oyster Shucking and Bee Keeping.
Fans of MasterChef can watch 2014 winner Ping Coombes cook her signature dishes from the series in the Chefs Theatre and try her dishes from her Malaysian Pop-Up on the Street Food Avenue.
Ping is joined by other TV chefs including Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite and Food Glorious Food judge and Brighton baker Stacie Stewart.[/two_third_last]Top local chefs including Matt Gillan of The Pass, Dave Mothersill from The Coal Shed, Andrew McKenzie of Drakes, Joshua Stanzl from Etch and Rob Silverstone from A Mule in Brighton will also cook their favourite summer recipes in the Chefs Theatre, sharing their top tips for visitors to take away and impress family and friends with at home.
The Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top cake makers and bakeries, including Stacie Stewart and ‘She Who Bakes’ author Britt Whyatt sharing their top tips for baking delicious summer cakes.
Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and baking essentials.
After the introduction of street food to Foodies Festival in 2012, the Street Food Avenue has become a feasting hub, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent this year.
Biscuit Butter, Snowdonia Cheese, Tipsy Tarts, Marshmallow Haven and Linseed Farm join the 200 exhibitors in the Artisan Producers Market, where visitors can meet the producers and sample award winning cheeses, wines, bakes and condiments to buy and take home to enjoy.
The famous Chilli Eating Challenge returns to the festival this summer, with those brave enough invited to try and break last year’s record of 14 varieties of chillies eaten, to win the Chilli Eating Crown.
Little foodies can also join the celebrations in the Childrens Cookery Theatre where they can explore their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills with Kiddy Cook.
After a day of food and fun, feasters can relax with a spot on the grass and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the entertainment stage and a refreshing cocktail, glass of bubbly or a Pimm’s from the Pop-Up bars and cider farm.