Also in attendance were the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Sir Peter Field, who spoke on the ongoing success and growth of the festival over the past decade, and highlighted the international links that festival has been making. Local MP Caroline Lucas called the festival a ‘win-win-win-win’ for the city in terms of economy, health, tourism and environment, generating £4-5 million pounds a year and making local food accessible for everyone. Geoffrey Bowden, Brighton & Hove City Council councillor for Tourism, Economy and Culture, celebrated the launch of the forthcoming major monthly farmers market on Old Steine, and the increasing co-operation between the council and festival team for the betterment of the city.
Roger Marlowe, festival chairman, and Andrew Kay, one of the festival directors, also thanked sponsors and committee members, and presented Ryan Heal of the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity with a cheque for £1376 raised at the Autumn Harvest 2012.
The Spring Harvest’s major free-access events on Good Friday and Easter Saturday attracted 37,000 visitors despite the unseasonally chilly weather, with many stallholders selling out of their product.