31,245 high-spirited visitors joined Foodies Festival at Hove Lawns over the Bank Holiday weekend, where they tucked into a feast of culinary activities including cookery demonstrations in the Chefs Theatre from top local chefs Douglas McMaster of SILO, Josh Stanzl from Brighton i360, MasterChef winner Ping Coombes and Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite.
Food and drink masterclasses in the Tasting Theatre, Cake and Bake Theatre and Drinks Theatre, offered festival-goers the opportunity to discover new flavours and learn new skills with Urban Bee Keeping, Wine and Champagne Tasting and Chocolate Making classes in high demand.
Festival director Sue Hitchen commented, “We always look forward to coming to Brighton and and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to our 10th anniversary celebrations. We’re looking forward to returning next year.”
Visitors to the festival also enjoyed a huge selection of artisan producers to shop from in the Producers Market and a Street Food Avenue serving flavours from around the world. Highlights included Sams of Brighton, Boy Meats Grill, Rad Burger, Flaming Rooster and the Giant Pimm’s Teapot.
The Co-operative weren’t only filling tummies with their pizza and prosecco promotion, but also helping raise money with all proceeds going to three local charities – The Rainbow Fund, The Starr Trust and The Martlets Hospice.
Local bands Frankie Furlow, Half Crown and Seeker kept the crowds well entertained with live music from the Brighton Unsigned Entertainment Stage throughout the three-day event.