Sussex Foodie News
In this issue...
Sussex awards banquet at the Amex
City boy turns shopkeeper
Albion pies order of the day
Brighton Foodies leaders
Sussex Food Festival
Detox in good Sussex company
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Sussex Foodie News, June 2011  
Dear Sussex Foodies,
I have just had my first, delicious taste of this year's fresh, local asparagus, dipped in homemade aioli - yum! Don't miss out - the season only lasts six weeks. English Wine Week kicks off on Tuesday for the first week of June, so take the opportunity to enjoy some of the superb Sussex wines that we should be so proud of. Also, national barbeque week starts this weekend - so, if you haven't stoked up yours yet this year, it is officially time! My latest joyous discovery is spatchcock piri piri chicken on the barby (or braai) and thanks to You Tube, you can get fantastic tips on how to 'butterfly' a chicken really easily with a pair of scissors and make a scrumptious marinade, if you haven't done it before.
  There are a lot of foodie goings on in the county this coming month, so here goes...      
Paula Seager   

Sussex Food & Drink Awards at Amex Stadium     

Voting opens on 9th June, when we will formally launch this year's awards at the South of England Show at Ardingly. The big news is that this year's banquet - THE Sussex foodie event of the year - will be held at the stunning new American Express Community Stadium, with the 7-course feast created from Sussex produce by Fred Tobin, their superb chef. Here is Fred with chairman of the judges Clive Beddall OBE at the stadium this week. 

We have fantastic sponsors this year - thanks again to Knill James, Mayo Wynne Baxter, Harveys brewery and Natural Farms for their continued support this year. Welcome to fantastic new sponsors The Southern Co-operative, South Downs National Park, Collabor8 and the Sussex Food & Drink Network.  Please don't forget to vote for your favourite food and drink producers, farmer, food/farm shop, eating experience, butcher, farmers market and young chef at from 9th June. If you are a likely contender, encourage your customers to vote for you and see the website for advice and promotional materials, so you're ready to go on the 9th.     


City boy turns local food shopkeeper    

A former investment banker has turned shopkeeper and is refurbishing the derelict antiques auction house in Upper Gardner Street to create a superb local food store and restaurant, Thorne's Foods, bringing quality local produce into the heart of the city seven days a week. 

31 year-old Jason, who lives in Brighton with his wife and baby, aims to take on supermarkets by making fresh, seasonal local food available to people in Brighton & Hove, with opening hours to suit busy lifestyles.

Here is Jason, pictured at the front, with some of his lovely Sussex suppliers, including Stopham Estate, Besmoke, Gran Stead's Ginger, High Weald Dairy and Prosperity Brownies.


Albion pies are order of the day

The American Express Community Stadium will be the first stadium in the country to bake its own pies, 'Albion pies', in-house in a unique partnership between the Amex catering team and Shoreham-based baker Joanna Philips from Piglet's Pantry. Joanna will bring in her expertise and a small team to work alongside the kitchen team at the Amex to bake hearty and delicious pies using her recipes, on the day of the match, to ensure maximum flavour and freshness.

The tantalising pies, all served in a herby shortcrust pastry with a puff pastry lid, will come in three flavours: chicken, gammon and leek in a creamy sauce; steak and Harveys ale with mushrooms; and a vegetarian option with butternut squash and coriander, with a layer of roasted vegetables in a spicy tomato sauce in the middle.  They will be served to fans in a specially designed blue and white box with a seagull design, and a smaller version will be served during half time to all the corporate hospitality members. An incredible 5,500 will be baked for the first match day! Here is Joanna with David Crawford and Stuart Laming from the Amex catering team.  


Brighton Foodies May leaders revealed 

Over 1000 people have already voted in the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards since it was launched as part of the city's spring food festival last month.  

In the lead for Best Restaurant is Terre a Terre, with Indian Summer in second place and continuing the Indian theme, Chilli Pickle is in third position; Best Food Pub: The Prince George is leading the vote in the food pub category, closely followed by the Ginger Pig, with the Basketmakers in third place;   Best Caf�: Iydea is storming ahead, Cloud 9 is in second place and Temptation is currently third; Best Food Shop: Infinity Foods is in the lead with Taj in second place, followed by the Real Patisserie.


We are particularly thankful to our sponsors, We Talk Law and Gourmet Britain, for their support and to the many local restaurants, pubs,  caf�s and food shops who have joined in with great competitive spirit. We had 5,000 votes last year and we want to beat that this year - so come on foodies, vote for your favourites in the city now at   


Sussex Food Festival at Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway is holding its annual Sussex Food Festival at the Horsted Keynes Station, RH17 7BB on Sunday 26th June from 10am - 5pm. The talented Bluebell Band will be playing on the platform during the afternoon. Bolney Wine Estate will be offering free wine tutorials throughout the day; and this year is proving to be a record breaking year, with over 40 local Sussex food producers confirmed, offering tastings and selling their delicious wares. The event is also sponsored by The Southern Co-operative Hayward's Heath. To find out more, see /


Detox in good Sussex company
Believe it or not, I went on a detox for the past three weeks - my first ever venture into this kind of thing. Belle Amatt, who has a BSc in Nutrition and practices from Hurstpierpoint, helped me through the process, which was purely based on healthy diet, with no supplements or unpleasant procedures! I can honestly say that my habits have changed for the better and I feel incredibly energetic. I'm back on scrummy food again now, but I have introduced a lot of healthy elements into my diet now too.  

Belle is running detox sessions, either individually or in groups - to help people give their systems a good cleanse and get into better eating and drinking habits. If you are interested in giving it a go, contact Belle at or call 01273 835777.


What's on... foodie events in Sussex this month 


5 June, 11am-4pm, Open Farm Sunday, High Weald Dairy, Tremains Farm, Horsted Keynes, West Sussex - a family day out where you can meet the farmer, see cheesemaking demos and tour the dairy, enjoy tasty local food and drinks, go on a tractor & trailer ride, watch a hot air balloon display, model with clay and listen to a live country band   


11th & 12th June, 10am-4pm, Shoreham Food & Drink Festival, Festival Marquee, Coronation Green, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea. or Tel: 01273 253152   


26 June, Sussex Food Festival, Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7BB (see above for more details) 


25 & 26 June, Petworth Food Festival, Petworth, GU28 0AE 


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