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Latest news October 2021

Last chance to nominate your Rising Star

The BITE Sussex Rising Star Awards are a celebration of the contribution that young people make to the amazing food, drink and hospitality sectors of Sussex.

The importance of encouraging new talent to enter our industry – and for young people to see it as an exciting and fulfilling long-term career choice – is essential in ensuring we can all continue to enjoy quality food, drink and service in Sussex and ensuring our region is a great place to live, work and visit.

The awards are open to anyone aged 26 or younger working in Sussex hospitality or food and drink production and retail.


  • Bar rising star: those working in pubs and bars

  • Farming rising star: those working in growing and rearing

  • Fishing rising star: those working in fish and seafood catch

  • Hidden Hero rising star: those working in the unseen back-of-house, including housekeeping, maintenance and back office

  • Kitchen rising star: those working as chefs

  • Production rising star: those working in the manufacture and processing of food and drink

  • Sussex Champion rising star: someone who has gone the extra mile

  • Up Front rising star: those working in hospitality front-of-house, service and consumer-facing service in retail

  • Vineyard rising star: those working in the growing of vines and production of Sussex wine

Nominations for the Sussex Rising Stars Awards close at midnight on Thursday 30 September 2021. After this date a panel of industry experts, chaired by Sir Peter Field, will shortlist finalists for interview prior to the awards ceremony which will be hosted at My Brighton hotel in November.

You can nominate your Rising Stars for free at


Wiston Estate Vintage Membership

The Vintage Membership is an opportunity for those who would like to become part of the Wiston Estate story. Our aim is to create a community who share an appreciation of wine, food and the land from which they are produced.

The Vintage Membership will have a limited number of places each year, and will give members access to parts of the estate not open to the general public, along with an array of benefits. Each year, or ‘vintage’, the offering will evolve and diversify, as the estate develops. Every membership will contribute towards our mission to invest in the people, nature and land of the South Downs, such as the reintroduction of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly populations, conservation of native birds like the grey partridge and the preservation of unique chalk grassland habitats.

Full details here


Bayside Social by Kenny Tutt opens in Worthing

Located in Beach Parade, Worthing. The new Bayside Social is an all-day casual dining venue and takeaway from Masterchef Champion Kenny Tutt with 180-degree views of the Worthing coastline.

Guests are welcomed to a relaxed beachfront setting with a laid-back ambience. A variety of choices are available at the panoramic restaurant, including a seasonal changing menu, nourishing takeaway, indoor/outdoor dining, breakfast and brunch options, as well as fantastic cocktails.

Further info and booking here


Oktoberfest at Shelter Hall 1-10 October 2021

This October, Shelter Hall will be transformed into a Bavarian beer hall for Oktoberfest with a Sussex twist - they're hosting nine local craft brewers for a 10 day residency. Founders and Head Brewers will be on site delivering delicious craft beers from their pop-up bars, alongside our full wine and cocktail bar.

Discover craft beers from Brighton Bier, Lost Pier Brewing, Unbarred, Franklins Brewery, 3AM Brewery, Beak Brewery, Hand Brew Co, Bedlam Brewery and Abyss.

The seven independent kitchens will be serving up their new Autumn menus with German-inspired specials - think schnitzels from Lost Boys Chicken (served with a signature sauce or two) and BBQ Bratwurst from Ox Block.

You'll be seated on communal tables in the main hall, surrounded by the buzz of the kitchens and bar. Soundtracking the afternoon will be resident DJs - singalongs, lederhosen and dirndls encouraged!

Tickets are £15pp for a three hour sitting and include a pint of craft beer on arrival.

Info and advanced booking essential via Shelter Hall website here


Great British Breaks at The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

Indulge in an Old Ship staycation on the Brighton coast!

With breaks starting from £89, head over to their website to see which package tickles your fancy: from Brighton Rocks, Family Fun Breaks through to To Brighton & Beyond.

Full details via The Old Ship website


Hands on Class with Valentina Harris - Pasta and Sauces

Formerly Jeremy's Restaurant, this amazing space has a new association with vibrant Italian food expert, author and TV personality Valentina Harris.

Under Valentina’s expert tutelage you will make your own fresh pasta dough and then turn it into Butternut Squash Ravioli; Classic Spinach and RicottaRavioli; Mushroom; Walnut and Mascarpone Pasta Roll; Classic Bolognese Ragu with Tagliatelle; various other sauces and a Pasta Chocolate and Almond Cake – one of Luciano Pavarotti’s favourite sweet treats.

Thursday 4 November 10.30-3.30

£120 per person Including welcome coffee and pastries, lunch comprising the dishes you have made, and two glasses of wine.

Advance booking and further info here


Worthing Wine Fair featuring Bottle & Jug Dept.

Saturday 4 December 2021

Worthing Wine Fair is brought to you by four local independent wine businesses. Come taste around 100 wines picked by the experts as the perfect festive bottles. From fantastic fizz through to fabulous fortified delights come sip and swill and soak up some festive cheer. Pick out the bottles that will adorn your Christmas table and see you through the holidays. Hand pick your favourites from the tasting and order on the day for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. All samples on the day are included in the ticket price and you will be provided with a tasting glass to use on the day. Spittoons and water will also be provided as required. Kick off the party season in style and support local independent business this Christmas.

Advance Tickets £16.65 from Eventbrite


Seafront Christmas Igloos at Shelter Hall, Brighton

This winter, Shelter Hall is creating an igloo village on their Brighton seafront terrace. From November 18 until February 28th, there will be nine private, heated igloos available to book seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Guests have full choice of Shelter Hall’s seven independent kitchens and their craft beer, wine and cocktail bar, which is ordered via their online ordering system and delivered to your own private winter wonderland.

The igloos seat 4 - 8 people and a minimum spend of £35pp applies on some dates in November and December.

Illustration, by local artist Ilona Drew



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