Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Brighton for a May Bank Holiday feast on Hove Lawns 30th April, 1 & 2nd May 2016

  • Michelin-star chefs Matt Gillan, Adam Simmonds and Stephen Crane, and MasterChef winner Ping Coombes cooking in the Chefs Theatre
  • Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli launches his street food range serving Italian Burritos
  • Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue
  • More award-winning producers than ever before
  • Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
  • New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
  • Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards

Brighton’s food-lovers can look forward to a taste-bud-tickling May Bank Holiday as Foodies Festival serves up a feast for the senses on Hove Lawns 30th April – 2nd May. Now in it’s 7th year, Foodies Festival is the culinary staple in Brighton’s social calendar, welcoming over 30,000 food & drink hungry visitors, who enjoy a three-day gastronomic celebration on Hove Lawns with friends and family.


Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre

This year’s festival sees a 5 star line-up in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, where top chefs showcase their culinary skills, share insight into 2016’s food trends and answer questions from the audience. Chefs taking part include (more TBC):

  • Matt Gillan – Michelin Star Chef at The Pass and Great British Menu Winner
  • Adam Simmonds – Great British Menu Winner & Michelin Star Chef
  • Stephen Crane – Michelin starred Ockenden Manor
  • Alun Sperring – The Chilli Pickle
  • Dave Mothersill – The Coal Shed & The Salt Room AND MANY MORE!

Feel Good and Superfoods

Visitors can enjoy a new ‘Feel Good Foods’ theme at Foodies Festival this summer, with healthy living chefs and food writers joining the line-up to cook with superfoods including kefir, lucuma, freekeh, kelp and banana flour, and sirt rich foods such as blueberries, kale, celery, buckwheat, turmeric, chilli and red onion.


Festival-goers can discover the advantages of eating ‘Feel Good Foods’ such as cheese (a source of phenylethylamie – the love drug) and dark chocolate and seaweed (both sources of serotonin – the happy drug) as experts promote their nutritional and emotional benefits with energy, happiness and calm inducing recipes available to take home.


Drinks Theatre

Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials.


Visitors can test their taste buds with blindfolded challenges, where they will have to taste and smell to try and identify ingredients and country of origin.  These classes are also a great opportunity for novices to learn about champagne, wine and beer notes.


Street Food Avenue

With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer, and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be serving Italian Burritos as part of his new street food offering.


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