TRADERS: Please note that we won’t be running our Sussex & The World weekends on Hove Lawns in 2018.
The cost implications of delivering this as a free entry event are considerable, and it is the feeling of the directors that with the lack of engagement from the city’s restaurant scene that the activity currently no longer fulfils a purpose. We will revisit this decision for 2019.
The Festival’s objectives for 2018 and beyond are:
– Promoting the City of Brighton & Hove and surrounding Sussex as a quality gastronomic destination to a national and international audience
– Connecting the Sussex supply chain from growers to consumers
– Championing young talent in the hospitality industry, and promoting food and hospitality as a career
Our headline event plan for 2018 is as follows:
Brighton Wine Week, 6-15 April 2018
Citywide wine-based activity with partner world wine regions (including Sussex, obviously!):
– Tapas and wine weekend
– One day Brighton Wine Festival
– Themed international wine dinners
– Tastings and masterclasses
Brighton Cocktail Week, 6-15 July 2018
Citywide cocktail promotions presented in conjunction with Mixology Group:
– Venue based cocktail promotions throughout the week
– Themed chef/mixologist food events
– Two day Brighton Cocktail Festival
Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, 6-16 September 2018
Whilst we are currently working through the exact format of this period, it will be similar to the existing April and September festival periods with collaborative dinners, international chef exchanges, tours, tastings etc.
We will also be running our annual trade day to connect restaurateurs to local producers, and we are in the process of developing an event to showcase the hospitality and food industry as a viable career option for young people in the county. And, of course, the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards will run from April to the end of August as usual.
Behind the scenes, we will also continue our work in promoting and marketing the city and county to national and international media, including on-going activity with partners in Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Canada.
If you would like to be a festival partner in 2018 and benefit from participation in the above events, and the wider B2B activity that we deliver, we are asking for a contribution of £300 annually to the festival budget. Moving forward, we will only be working – whether here in Brighton or on a national / international platform – with those of you who contribute this sum towards our work. We will naturally still vet applications to ensure that all of our partners share the spirit of the festival. And if you are an independent and have more than one business in the city, then we will discount on your subsequent venues. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org