Chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists from Brighton and Hove joined around 25 producers and suppliers from across Sussex for the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival’s annual trade tour day on Tuesday 4 July.
The first stop was Townings Farm, located between Chailey and Plumpton, for an introduction by third generation Sussex farmer Carole Uridge into animal husbandry and a tour of their livestock including Hebridean and Southdown Sheep, beef from Sussex and Longhorn cattle, pork from traditional English breeds of pigs, and slow-grown home-reared turkeys.
Lunch and the Producers Showcase was hosted for the third year by Jeremy Ashpool and the team at Jeremy’s Restaurant in Borde Hill. 25 quality producers exhibited their produce or contributed towards the BBQ lunch that included Trenchmore beef, Dingley Dell pork from Blakes Butchers and Watts Farm fruit and vegetables alongside a wide selection of local wines, beers and ciders.
“Its always a pleasure to welcome so many friends from the industry to our restaurant for this annual event”, said Jeremy Ashpool of Jeremy’s Restaurant. “As chefs and restaurateurs, its a rare occasion when we can all get together so the festival’s bus tour really is a special day”.
This year’s tour was sponsored by Alastair McAloon and Matt Baker of NFU Mutual Pulborough.
“We’re delighted to support the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival trade tour”, says Alastair. “It’s a great opportunity for us to strengthen the connections we have with the best of the hospitality industry in Brighton and Hove, and food and drink producers across the county”.
“The standard of produce, and the passion of attendees for quality and provenance, is what helps maintain the incredibly high standards we have in our region and ensures our place as a culinary capital”.
The final stop on the tour was the award-winning Ridgeview Wine at Ditchling where guests enjoyed a tour of the vineyard and winery, followed by a tasting of English sparkling wine from the estate.
Festival managing director, Nick Mosley, says the food festival organisation is an important part of the glue that pulls together the local food economy.
“With 75 of the leading names in Brighton hospitality and wider Sussex food and drink production in attendance, our trade event is really important in getting everyone talking in an informal environment and sharing best practice, thus building a stronger local – and better – food economy”.