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BITE Sussex News September 2021

We are pleased to present the Bite Sussex Autumn Food and Drink Festival 10 - 19 September

Read on for full details...


Sussex Cocktail Week, 10-19 September

Great cocktails for £7... what's not to love?! Cocktail Week is back and this year we're spreading our wings across both Brighton & Hove and wider Sussex. Enjoy great drinks from local distillers and guest brands, mixed and mashed by Sussex's Finest, at the promotional price of just £7.

Participating Bite Sussex partner venues:

@10, The Eighteen Acre @ Bolney Wine Estate, Isaac At, Market Restaurant & Bar,

Merkaba at My Brighton, Metrodeco, Monarch, Pitch, Redroaster café, Taste Sussex

Guest cocktail bar venues:

Gungho!, Twisted Lemon, Twisted Lime, Whiskey Rooms

Sussex Cocktail Week is sponsored by: Brighton Gin, Bolney Estate spirits, Brooksteed Gin, G&H Spirits, Madame Jennifer Distillery, Slake Spirits, Arbikie Highland Estate and Gin 1689

Full details here


Journey Through Sussex tasting - new date added

Friday 17 September

Join David and the team at Curds & Whey and Cases Wine bar for the ultimate tasting night of all things Sussex, featuring produce from Hastings in the east to Petworth in the west... and everything in between.

You will be tasting five Sussex sparkling wines from small boutique winemakers, all perfectly paired with Sussex cheese and charcuterie from some of the county's finest producers.

Advance tickets £49 pp

To book call Curds & Whey on 01273 732 915


Flavours of Sussex cabinet takeover

Brighton & Worthing

Brighton's master gelato-maker, Seb Cole of Boho Gelato, hosts two Flavours of Sussex cabinet takeover weekends at his Pool Valley store in Brighton from Friday 10 - Sunday 12 September and at Pizzaface in Worthing from Friday 17 - Sunday 19 September.

Working in collaboration with local restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders and food and drink producers to create one-off flavours of ice cream, sorbet and granita inspired by their individual businesses. Challenge your tastebuds with Boho's never-to-be-repeated cabinet of flavours!

From £2.90 per scoop

Further info here


Brighton Gin Distillery Tour

Meet the makers of Brighton Gin with a behind-the-scenes tour of their craft gin distillery in Sussex. Find out more about the history of craft gin, how Brighton Gin started on a kitchen table by the seaside and the processes and botanicals they use to create Brighton’s favourite tipple today.

The distillery tour is a hands-on experience of Brighton Gin’s production process, and you can wax your own bottle top, design and apply your own label and take home your own customised Brighton Gin 50ml miniature too!

Browse the Brighton Gin shop whilst you sip a complimentary Brighton Gin and tonic, and have the chance to pick up a bottle of Brighton Gin at a special reduced tour cost, as well as a chance to shop for some of amazing merchandise including our Brighton Gin gift box sets, gin glasses and more!

Dates: Saturday 11 & Saturday 18 September 2021, 2pm and 4.30pm

Price: £30 including complimentary G&T and 50ml bottle to take home

More info here


Bite Brighton Bites, Saturday 11 September

Skip lunch today and spend an afternoon grazing at some of Brighton & Hove's best hospitality venues. Each venue will be offering a snack and matched drink – beer, cider or 125ml wine – to showcase their offering. It's your opportunity to sample established-favourites and venues that are new to you at very pocket-friendly prices. Create your own Food Safari!

Participating Bite Sussex partner venues:

@10, Curds & Whey, Fourth & Church, Market Restaurant & Bar, Merkaba at My Brighton, Metrodeco, Monarch, Taste Sussex, The Old Ship Hotel

Price: £6 per venue, payable directly. Time: 2-5pm

Further info here


Kids pizza making masterclass with Pizzaface

Monday, 13 September

Pizzaface founder Bertie will teach your child how to make amazing pizza at home, from making your own dough from scratch, to how to get that soft pillowy crust.

Kids can choose their own ingredients before baking their individual pizzas and enjoying them together. They will take home any leftovers, alongside tips to share with the whole family for future pizza making sessions.

Hosted at the Community Kitchen. Price: £14.99 per child

Further info and link to book here


Sussex Wine Dinner at Isaac At, Thursday 16 September

Following a busy summer and the development of a brand new autumn menu, there's no stopping the team at Isaac At: the UK's longest running restaurant with an exclusively English wine list.

During the Bite Sussex Autumn food and drink festival, enjoy a one-off seasonal and hyperlocal three course dinner with cheeseboard with matched drinks from Stopham Wine Estate (West Sussex), Wiston Wine Estate (West Sussex), Brighton Gin and Wobblegate Orchards.

Price: £45 for three courses and cheeseboard including matched drinks.

6pm and 8.30pm sittings

Further info on booking here


Wine & Art at the Wiston Wine Barn

15 & 16 September

Wiston Estate are celebrating art and wine together for a special two day opening of their Wine Barn, where they'll host an exhibition by local artist Julia White.

Julia’s work greatly evokes the ethereal beauty of the surrounding Sussex Downs. She uses impressions of plants which she forages on explorations around the Downs, as well as using vegetable inks, and experiments with making dyes and powers from the plants and land of the Sussex Downs. Her work is an ideal fit for Wiston Estate, celebrating the natural world and its flora and fauna.

Wiston's Kirsty Goring will be present to talk guests through the Wiston Estate wines which will be available to purchase and enjoy while you take in the art and vineyard (a glass of Wiston is included in the ticket price).

You can also unwind and enjoy a delectable picnic, created by chef Andrew Fellows who will be heading up Wiston's new restaurant Chalk. Picnics are available to book in advance when you purchase your ticket.

Price: £10 including a glass of Wiston Brut NV or Rosé NV

Times: 12 noon to 7pm

Further info here


​SoberStars at Mixology Group

Thursday 16 September

A night to meet up, enjoy delicious drinks and learn everything you need to confidently smash this year's Sober October Challenge. The team at Mixology Group launch their new SoberStars monthly events to showcase great low-alcohol and no-alcohol drinks.

Meet, network and learn more about flavour profiling by creating new and exciting non-alcoholic drinks. Mixology team up with some of the new and innovative brands on the market to give you a chance to try before you buy and teach you how to create delicious drinks with them.

With growing recognition of the importance of health and well being, this event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening out with a twist... and wake up without a hangover!

Price: £25 including masterclass to create two cocktails

Further info here


Madame Jennifer Distillery Tour

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September

Meet the makers at their small batch urban distillery and look behind the scenes, in Poets Corner, Hove.

Tickets £30 to include:

- a gin and tonic each

- tastings of our range of spirits and liqueurs

- learn about how gin is produced and how we started making spirits in Hove

- each take home a 200ml bottle of your choice from our range

- 10% discount on any spirits purchased on the day

Further info here


Bite Worthing Bites, Saturday 18 September

Skip lunch today and spend an afternoon grazing at some of Worthings's best hospitality venues. Each venue will be offering a snack and matched drink – beer, cider, 125ml wine or mini cocktail – to showcase their offering. It's your opportunity to sample established-favourites and venues that are new to you at very pocket-friendly prices. Create your own Food Safari!

Participating Bite Sussex partner venues: Boho Gelato, Pizzaface, Macmillans,

Guest venues: Whiskey Rooms

Price: £6 per venue, payable direct at each participating venue

Full info here


Wine & Spirits Festival, Merkaba, My Brighton

Sunday 19 September

Meet the makers and sample Sussex produced craft spirits and wines, alongside guest spirits, at one of two ticketed tasting sessions hosted at Merkaba, My Brighton. Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or G&T/cocktail plus tastings on all of the stands.

Participating Bite Sussex partners:

Brighton Gin (Hove), G&H Spirits (Steyning), Bolney Wine Estate (Bolney, West Sussex), Madame Jennifer Distillery (Hove), Slake Spirits (Shoreham), Bottle & Jug Dept (Worthing), Wiston Wine Estate (West Sussex), Stopham Wine Estate (West Sussex), Wobblegate Orchards (Bolney, West Sussex), Arbikie Highland Estate (Scotland), Gin 1689 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Tickets: £10 + £1 Eventbrite booking fee – includes welcome drink and complimentary tastings

Booking and further info here


Sussex Surprise Cocktail Competition Finals

Merkaba, My Brighton, Sunday 19 September

We invited Sussex's finest to shake their stuff this summer with a 'surprise' box of locally distilled spirits and other local ingredients. Tonight, we host the grand finals with the hottest bar talent on the south coast. Check out all the entries here.

Price: £8 + £1 Eventbrite booking fee – includes welcome drink

Limited tickets available, full information here


A fond and heartfelt farewell to our friends at

Jeremy's Restaurant

Award-winning restaurant Jeremy’s have been welcoming diners for over forty years and will be sorely missed.

Jeremy, his wife Vera and their team, led by head chef Jimmy Gray in the kitchen, have a genuine affection for their customers, many of whom have followed their culinary journey in Sussex throughout the last forty years and have come to love the warm and welcoming atmosphere the couple have created.

The last service will be dinner on Friday 1 October. Having served creative, modern menus, it really was "The world on your plate in the heart of Sussex".

The good news is that Cafe Elvira will re-open from Wednesday 20 October, after Jeremy and Vera return from their well earned holiday.

We wish them all the very best.


August's food and drink stories in The Argus

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