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BITE Sussex Spring Food and Drink Festival 1-10 April 2022



Take a peek at the delicious events taking place throughout the week - there's something for everyone: from a kids pizza masterclass workshop with Pizzaface, a South East Asian supper with Angelica Food, a Keralan evening at Monarch Brighton, Distillery tours, to a vegan masterclass with The Black Market at the Community Kitchen.




Incorporating Sussex Gin Week - enjoy promotionally priced G&Ts and cocktails at venues across Brighton, Hove and Sussex featuring many of BITE Sussex distillers.




Sussex Gin Week 1-10 April 2022


Gin is the thing in Sussex with over 15 small-batch craft distilleries now producing this juniper-packed drink that holds the crown of the UK’s most popular spirit.

Our distillery partners – Brighton Gin, Dedbest Distillery, G&H Spirits, Madame Jennifer Distillery, Slake Spirits, are teaming up with bars, restaurants, pubs and hotels across Sussex to create unique cocktails and G&Ts available to purchase for a special promotional price.


Full details here

 


Mezcal Menu takeover at La Choza, Brighton


There’s no ‘mezcal’-ing around at La Choza during the BITE Sussex Spring food & drink festival! Explore the wonderful world of mezcal – an agave-based spirit from Mexico – in a variety of cocktails and menu specials.


Dates: 1-10 April 2022

​*Cocktails & dishes priced individually and subject to availability.


Further info here


 

Flavours of Sussex ice-cream cabinet takeover, Boho Gelato, Brighton


Brighton's master gelato-maker, Seb Cole of Boho Gelato, is back with his famous 'Flavours of Sussex' cabinet takeover, 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

Dates: Friday 1 - Sunday 3 April


Further info here


 

A journey through Sussex tasting at Curds & Whey, Hove


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.

Friday 1 April, 7pm Price: £49 pp

To book call Curds & Whey on 01273 732 915


Venue info here


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Wiston Estate Vineyard tour and tasting

Wiston Estate is one of the country’s most celebrated and awarded sparkling wine producers. Set within Wiston Estate’s 6000 acres on the South Downs, the vineyards benefit from ideal conditions for grape growing. ​ Guests will be taken through the story of the estate and learn about the vines, which now surround the winery and restaurant. Walk through the winery taking in the traditional Champagne coquard press (unique in the UK), tank and barrel halls and finish up with a tutored tasting of a selection of their award-winning Wiston wines in the new tasting room.


Dates: Sunday 3, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April 2022, 11am & 2.30pm

Price: £25 Tickets: Available via Wiston’s website here


 

The Black Market vegan cookery masterclass at

The Community Kitchen, Brighton



Enjoy a 1940s themed evening of cocktails and delicious plant-based & free-from food with The Black Market Brighton.

You will work in pairs to create and enjoy a special seasonal menu including:

Amuse bouche on arrival

- Roasted Carrot soup. Wild garlic pesto

Drink pairing - Ginger cordial or Stone’s Ginger Wine

- Beetroot salad: Candied & red beetroot. Radish. Chicory. Spring onion

Drink pairing - Homemade lemonade or G&T

- Homity pie. Seasonal veg salad

Drink pairing - Sacchetto Col de L'Utia Prosecco Brut

- Rhubarb ice cream on orange sponge cake. Candy daffodils

Drink pairing - Elderflower mocktail or 'Above My Pay Grade' cocktail; Gin. Elderflower liqueur. Prosecco. Lime

The Black Market offer an entirely plant based and ‘free from’ menu - none of the 14 allergens outlined by the Food Standards Agency are used in their recipes.


Saturday 2 April 2022, 6pm-9pm

Price: Price: £65 per person or £60 for two people.

Click here for full details of this event and to book


 



Brighton Gin Distillery Tour


Meet the team at Brighton Gin, the makers of small-batch, super premium Brighton Gin with a behind-the-scenes tour of their distillery close to Hove Lagoon.

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 involves a hands on experience of Brighton Gin’s production process - you can wax your own bottle, design and apply your own label and take home your own customised Brighton Gin miniature, too!


Saturday 2 & Saturday 9 April 2022, 2pm and 4.30pm

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

Book directly via the Brighton Gin website here.


 



Trenchmore Farm and friends in the yard


Trenchmore Farm welcomes you to the yard for an afternoon of food and drinks from local suppliers: 3Bros Burger Boys, Slake Spirits, MDTea, My Posy Neighbour florals and of course Silly Moo Cider, plus live music from Hope Cove.

Farmer Nev will be running a farm tour to show you how they look after their animals, make their cider and incorporate regenerative farming practices to grow the most delicious food they can.

Family friendly and dogs are very welcome.


Saturday 2 April 2022, 1pm to 4pm

Free, parking available


Trenchmore Farm details here


 


BITE Sussex Rising Stars lunch at etch, Hove


The BITE Sussex Rising Stars lunch is a celebration of talented young chefs working in our county. For this never-to-be-repeated event, five young chefs aged 26 and under will each present a course, showcasing their individual culinary styles with an eye on local and seasonal produce.

Starter – Arion Christophers (Fourth & Church) Fish Course – Antonio Pio Iassogna (Hilton Brighton Metropole) Meat Course – Hannah Blackwell (Etch by Steven Edwards) Pre-Dessert – Elisa Gerard (Julien Plumart) Dessert – Caspian Armani (Isaac At)

The chefs will be joined by Julien Barnett of Gungho! Cocktail bar in Brighton who will be preparing a welcome drink using locally distilled spirits from Slake.


As this is a one-off event, please note we will not be able to cater for dietary requirements. If you book separately but wish to sit in a group then please notify the restaurant in advance as seating cannot be rearranged on the day.


Sunday 3 April, 12.30pm

Advance tickets: £80 includes five courses and welcome drink

Click here for full details of this event and to book


 



Kids pizza making masterclass with Pizzaface at

The Community Kitchen


At this event, 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.


Monday 4 April 2022, 4.30-6.00pm

Advance tickets: £14.99 per child (£9.99 for second/third child when booked as siblings)

Available via the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership here


 


South East Asian Journey supper with Angelica Food, Meantime Café, Brighton


Following a decade as head chef at the renowned Jeremy’s Restaurant in Borde Hill, Jimmy Gray and partner Maria Chilton set up their own private chef and catering business – Angelica Food – in Autumn 2022.

This one-off event in the BITE Sussex Spring food & drink festival is their first pop-up in Brighton and will see them serve up a three course dinner with welcome snack and cocktail inspired by their year-long journey traveling (and eating) around the countries of South East Asia.

Main menu Canapé: Tang Sui monkfish cheeks, wild garlic mayonnaise Starter: Spider crab curry, coconut, wild rice, Thai basil Main: Longhorn beef brisket, fermented black bean and ginger sauce, celeriac, green apple and chilli slaw Dessert: Yuzu and miso curd tart, matcha tea, passion fruit Vegetarian menu Canapé: Tang Sui romanesco cauliflower, wild garlic mayonnaise Starter: Mung bean fritter, sheep’s curd, ponzu, pickled radish Main: Chargrilled celeriac, fermented black bean and ginger sauce, green apple, pak choi and chilli slaw Dessert: Yuzu and miso curd tart, matcha tea, passion fruit


Monday 4 April 2022, 7pm welcome drink for 7.30pm dining

Advance tickets: £38 including welcome drink, snack and three courses

Online booking here

*Please state in advance if you would like to pre-order the vegetarian menu as no substitutions can be made on the night.


 



A Taste of Kerala at Monarch, Brighton


Monarch’s head chef, Prakash Pushpakaranvimala, has been a well-known face on the Brighton and Hove food scene for many years having headed up the kitchens of venues including The Black Lion, Mama Cherry, the Lion and Lobster and La Piazza Brasserie. Now at Monarch on Brighton seafront, Prakash is bringing a taste of his home region of India to the BITE Sussex Spring food & drink festival. Kerala is one of the Indian subcontinents most exciting and varied food regions, offering an extensive kitchen of vegetarian, fish, poultry and red meat dishes. Located in the south of India, the region is known as the ‘Land of Spices’ having been at the heart of the spice route for millennia. The mix of Hindu, Muslim and Christian religions means Keralan cuisine has enjoyed inspiration from a multitude of cultures over the century but can rightly claim its own food identity.

Menu Starters: Batata vada, Vegetable pakora, Parippa vada. Poppadom Mains: Parippa curry with spinach, Kerala fish fry, Coconut chicken masala, Lemon rice Dessert: Semiya payasam To accompany your meal, enjoy a complimentary half pint of Indian Pale Ale from the Three Acres Brewery in East Sussex.


Wednesday 6 April 2022, 7pm

Advance tickets: £40 pp

Book online here All profits from this event will be donated to The Sussex Beacon charity specialising in care and support for people living with HIV in Sussex.

 



Madame Jennifer Distillery Tour, Hove


Meet the makers at their small batch urban distillery, in Poets Corner, Hove. Take a peek behind the scenes and join them for a G&T.

Included in the ticket is:

- a gin and tonic each

- tastings of their range of spirits and liqueurs

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

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

- 10% discount on any spirits purchased on the day


Friday 8 (4pm & 6pm) & Saturday 9 (1pm & 3pm) April 2022

Advance tickets: £30 pp

Book online via the Madame Jennifer website here.


Tours/tasting last approximately one hour. Due to rules on social distancing, the distillery tours are limited to a maximum of 6 people. Over 18s only; they operate a Challenge 25 policy. Advanced bookings, (exact location to be given when booking).


 

A journey through Sussex tasting at Curds & Whey, Worthing


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.

Friday 1 April, 7pm Price: £49 pp

To book call Curds & Whey on 01903 942397


Venue info here


*image for representative purpose only


 

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