Sussex Foodie News
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Sussex Food & Drink Awards open for entries
'Spring Harvest' in Brighton
Vote in Brighton Foodie Awards 2012
What's on - Foodies in Sussex
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Sussex Foodie News, April 2012
Dear Sussex Foodies,
This is the week for food in Brighton & Hove with the city's 'Spring Harvest' food festival in full flow - if you haven't been to any of the events, make sure you do this Easter long weekend! Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2012/13 is open for entries too and there's lots going on. Please do join in!
Paula Seager      

Tell us about your favourite Sussex food & drink businessesBrighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival  

Sussex Food & Drink Awards has opened for entries to find the county's best local food and drink businesses in 2012/13, with exciting changes to the judging process in this year's competition.

 Nominations for these prestigious awards, now in their seventh year, are being taken from now until early May at for the finest local food and drink producers, farmers, food/farm shops, farmers markets, butchers, young chefs and food outlets.

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival The judges, chaired by food industry expert Clive Beddall OBE, will be reviewing entries made from business owners or their customers and announcing a shortlist for each of the eight categories for public voting at the awards launch at the South of England Show on Thursday 7th June. It's a very simple process and can all be done online at and by screening nominations we hope to encourage some of the smaller producers and retailers around the county who may in the past have been put off entering the competition thinking it's only for larger companies.  

Thanks to our  long-term supporters Mayo Wynne Baxter, Knill James, Southern Co-operative and Harveys Brewery and new sponsors Gram UK Ltd and Cheese Please. We have just two categories still available for sponsorship - so contact Sandra Murphy at if you are interested.

Brighton Food & Drink Fest 'Spring Harvest'Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival  

Brighton Food Festival's 'Spring Harvest' got off to a flying start at Hotel du Vin on Friday, with speeches from Caroline Lucas MP, Peter Field -Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Roger Marlowe - chair of the festival and Andrew Kay, kicking it off in style. Superb food from local restaurants and a toast of Court Garden Vineyard's delicious Sussex sparkling wine set the tone for a week of fantastic foodie events. Make sure you don't miss the Big Sussex Market in New Street and Jubilee Street and the Live Food Show and Children's Food Festival in the Corn Exchange today and tomorrow. And the first Fish Festival in Bartholomew Square is offering fishy fun all day Monday, with special events and a few surprises in the early evening - go along and enjoy this free fun! All details at 

Brighton Foodie Awards Opens for Votes Supported by MylivevisionBrighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

Brighton Foodie Awards 2012 is now open for votes for the city's favourite restaurant, food pub, cafe and independent shop. Vote online at 

  We would like to welcome on board new sponsors Mylivevision, going live in Brighton for food businesses before its national launch, created by former gastropub owner Hannah McIntyre.

Said Hannah "I'd had enough of making financial decisions using software that didn't fit my business needs and could only provide me with information that dramatically lagged behind real time - which was where my decisions needed to be made!Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival So I've developed an online profit tracker for restaurants, pubs, bars, caf�s and clubs, with a dynamic dashboard that integrates your four daily cornerstones: sales & cash-up; purchases; staff & rotas; and food & drink stock.  Instant business clarity, at last!"  For more info go to 

  We are also supporting charity Chestnut Tree House's �1 Restaurant Challenge in September - more on that next month.

What's On...
6 & 7 April - Big Sussex Market, Live Food Show & Hands on Children's Events, New Road, Jubilee Street and the Corn Exchange, Brighton -


9 April - Brighton Fish Festival, Moshi Moshi, Bartholomew Square, Brighton -


6 & 7 May - Food & South Downs Fair, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, West Sussex - -


7, 8 & 9 June - South of England Show - Ardingly Show Ground, Ardingly, West Sussex -






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