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Brighton’s favourite food and drink festival returns to Hove Lawns this May Bank Holiday weekend

  • Star-studded Chef line up including Great MasterChef Winner 2016 Jane Devonshire, Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees, Michelin starred Matt Gillan & Adam Simmonds and local favourites Alun Sperring of Chilli Pickle, Stephen Crane of Ockenden Manor and Doug McMaster of SILO; 
  • New Healthy Living Zone with yoga classes hosted by The Float Spa and recipe inspiration Kate Moss’ detox coach Amanda Hamilton & winner of Vegan Bake-Off Katy Beskow;


  • Bigger and better Music Stage and a brand new acoustic music stage


  • A show-stopping VIP experience with Borgo Molino, kitted out by luxury furniture company RAFT furniture and Ginger Lilly Florists;


  • Champagne, wine and craft beer and food pairing masterclasses;


  • A re-launched Cakes and Desserts Theatre with top bakers and patisserie chefs starring Candice Brown, Great British Bake off Winner 2016


Candice Brown, Winner of Great British Bake Off 2016, lippy in one hand and spatula in the other, will be baking up a storm in the Cakes and Desserts Theatre for two demonstrations. Candice says: “I’m excited to return Foodies Festival for 8 of their festivals across the UK this summer, with two baking demonstrations a day giving me the chance to share my favourite recipes with so many of my fans and fellow bakers”.

From Candice to baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers and patisserie chefs, the Cakes & Desserts Theatre 2017 is set to be our best yet. From delectable desserts to show-stopping cake towers, these chefs and bakers will be inspiring visitors to reach for their spatulas and whisks at home to recreate their delicious summer bakes. Avid bakers can get hands on with our practical baking masterclasses or take part in our very own Bake Off competition. Indulge your sweet tooth in the Chocolate, Cake and Dessert Village with the opportunity to taste, decorate and learn from local experts about their freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and desserts. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on fine china by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen with vintage music for the ultimate British summertime ambience.

Chefs Theatre

 Foodie fans can look forward to a celebrity and Michelin-starred chef line-up in the Chefs Theatre this summer, with Britain’s top chefs showcasing their culinary skills and inspiring the audience with their delicious dishes and a line up including:

  • Matt Gillan, Michelin Star Chef at The Pass & Great British Menu Winner
  • Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Winner 2016
  • Tony Rodd, 2015 MasterChef Finalist
  • Matt Price, The Coal Shed
  • Dave Mothersill, The Coal Shed
  • Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees
  • Jack & Billy, 2016 MasterChef Finalists
  • Stephen Crane of Ockenden Manor
  • Katy Beskow, Winner of Great Vegan Bake Off 2014
  • Juanita Hennessey, 2016 MasterChef Finalist
  • Matty Bowling of 1874 Vegetarian Restaurants
  • Doug McMaster of Silo, the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant
  • Alan Sperring, The Chilli Pickle
  • Emma Spitzer, 2015 MasterChef Finalist
  • Miguel Barclay, @OnePoundMeals Insta Chef

Jane Devonshire says “I’m really excited to return to the Chef’s Theatre at Foodies Festival this summer in Brighton, Manchester and Edinburgh. I love Foodies Festival and being a part of the show, having taken part last year shortly after winning MasterChef. When I’m not in the Chef’s Theatre you’ll find me exploring the exhibitor stalls to see what delicious treats are on offer, getting lured in by the Street Food Village or chatting to visitors. I love the opportunity to cook for my fans and to pass on my cooking tips to fellow foodies.”

Miguel Barclay, the local Brighton chef who rose to Instagram fame through his gourmet £1 meals @OnePoundMeals, will be cooking in our Chef’s Theatre and teaching us all how to whip up top quality meals on a frugal budget. The innovative chef prides himself on bring able to feed a family of four gourmet meals all week with a grocery shop that costs less than £28!

Brand New website launched this week to celebrate Foodies Festival’s new food, drink and wellbeing festival, see more at www.foodiesfestival.com:

The Art of Healthy Living in Association with The Float Spa and Starring Kate Moss’ Detox Coach and TV presenter Amanda Hamilton

We’ve all wondered what the secret is to Kate Moss’ unfading beauty despite all that partying, and this year’s Brighton visitors have the chance to learn the answer with Kate Moss’ detox coach Amanda Hamilton. The Nutritionist and TV presenter will be talking about her passion for eating naturally and introducing her new “Quinoa Crack” cereal, so we can all look like Kate Moss by the time summer hits (we call it positive visualisation, some may call it wishful thinking).

Foodies Festival new Healthy Living Zone will be collaborating with The Float Spa for the first time to provide an exciting timetable of yoga classes from 11.30-4.30 each day of the festival. Top chefs will also be demonstrating how to cater for food intolerances and how to inspire people to reconnect with ‘real’, unprocessed food. Essentially, how to indulge the foodie in you and still maintain a healthy image; how to have your cake and eat it!


Creative Summer Workshops

 2017 Foodies Festival will see the launch of brand new Creative Summer Workshops by creative chef and Vogue featured food stylist Cicely Violet, with practical masterclasses on how to create Psychedelic Pavlovas, MidSummer Cupcakes or Summer Cocktail Classes. These hands on workshops will continue the theme of healthy living with a creative twist on homemade herbal cordial cocktails and fruit sorbets.

Cook with Critters: Creative Healthy Living

There is a new bug-eating trend in healthy living, with Chef Dan Barber having declared that “Sushi of 30 years ago is the insects of today”. Don’t shy away from this new trend too quickly, as the insect food industry is booming and the Vietnamese Street Food Stand will be demonstrating how to cook with critters and the health benefits of doing so. Amongst growing research that eating insects may be the road to a more sustainable future, stop by to learn about the benefits of chocolate-dipped and candy-coated worms, scorpions, locusts, ants, caterpillars, mealworms and crickets! These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein – to bake, season and cook with.

For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bug-Eating Contest, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion. The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge also continues in 2017, inviting fans of spice to compete in a challenge for only the bravest of visitors!

Drinks Theatre

Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host wine, whisky, champagne and gin tastings, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials (well known in the UK for “taking the beard out of beer”). The gin craze in Britain continues to soar amid a boom in new distilleries and visitors can enjoy expert gin tasting and food pairing masterclasses so there’s a tipple for everyone by the seaside this summer!

Street Food Avenue

Now in its 12th year, Foodies Festival attracts street food vendors from around the world, offering visitors the chance to take a culinary trip to all corners of the world. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer. With everything from Crème Brulee campervans to flavours of Morocco and paella, we challenge you not to be lured in by the sensory overload of the Street Food Avenue.

Artisan Producers Market

A stunning array of Great Taste Award winners will be exhibiting at Foodies Festival 2017, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink. This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, ask questions about their produce and story, and stock up on award winning produce. With over 200 stalls to peruse at each festival, visitors will be spoilt for choice while they meander between smoked salmon tasting stands, outstanding local cheeses, melt-in-your-mouth brownies, award-winning oils and chutneys, and much, much more.

Kids Zone and Kids Cookery School

In the Kids Cookery School, little foodies can make and decorate delicious food with a science experiments they can eat, with “Fizz! Bang! Wallop!” classes teaching kids how Co2 makes dough rise as they create bread bubble bombs, carbon dioxide rockets, dough balls and garlic butter, and how to make homemade sherbet. Not only will children be introduced to new food and flavours from around the world, the KidsZone will also be expanded to include giant Jenga, Connect Four, bouncy castles and much more.

Live Music, Restaurant Tents and Pop-Up Bars

Find out why Foodies Festival was hailed the “Gastronomic Glastonbury” by dancing along to the live music on our Entertainment Stage, and soaking up the atmosphere with a glass of Pimms from the Giant Pimm’s Teaport, a rum cocktail from the Rum Galleon Ship, gin and tonic from the Giant Gin Pot or basking in the sun atop the double-decker BarBus. This year’s Unsigned Music Stage is set to be bigger and better than ever, with an amazing line up of local bands and a brand new acoustic music stage in the VIP area.

 VIP in association with Borgo Molino: The Red Carpet Welcome

The Foodies Festival VIP experience will be taken to a new level in 2017, with champagne tasting sessions  held in the comfort of the VIP area, complimentary glass of fizz in hand courtesy of Borgo Molino. The VIP lounge will also have a new deli and gourmet snacks area and complimentary, exclusive Foodies Festival tote bags with VIP goodies inside. Live music on the VIP acoustic music stage will add to visitors’ luxury experience in VIP and make their time at Foodies Festival all the more memorable. RAFT furniture will be dressing the VIP area with their luxury furniture and Ginger Lily florist will be creating a midsummer dream with their floral displays.




Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com


Ticket prices:

Friday adult ticket £10.00/£8.00 concession

Saturday or Sunday adult ticket £13.00/£11.00 concession

Three day adult ticket £20.00/£16.00 concession


VIP day ticket £38.00/£35.00 Friday – includes a welcome glass of bubbly, use of the VIP area with private bar and refreshment, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, exclusive VIP only masterclasses, showguide, and goody bag to take home.


Children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.


Open times:

Please visit www.foodiesfestival.com for opening times.


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About Foodies Festival:

Foodies Festival launched in 2005 with a single event at an Edinburgh hotel after founder Sue Hitchen noticed a gap in the Edinburgh market for a food festival. Over the last 12 years Foodies Festival has expanded across the UK, and in 2015 celebrated its 10th anniversary with 13 festivals (10 summer and 3 winter events). It is now the largest food and drink festival in the UK. To date, Foodies has welcomed over 3 million visitors and helped launch hundreds of new businesses and supported thousands of small producers. Foodies Festival proudly celebrates local produce in each festival region and showcases the most exciting and talented chefs, bakers and producers in the UK.


2017 venues and dates:
Brighton, Hove Lawns: April 29, 30 and May 1
Bristol, The Downs: May 12, 13 & 14

London, Syon Park: May 27, 28, 29

Newcastle, Exhibition Park: June 2, 3, 4
Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park: June 23, 24 & 25
London, Blackheath Common: July 7, 8, 9
Cheshire, Tatton Park: July 14, 15 & 16
Edinburgh, Inverleith Park: August 4, 5 & 6
London, Alexandra Palace: August 26, 27 & 28
Oxford, South Parks: September 1, 2, 3