Testimonials & Awards

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Henry Butler,
Butler’s Wine Cellar

“The festival has been invaluable within the city to highlight Independents, such as ourselves, as opposed to mainstream retailers. It has allowed new producers a forum to showcase what they do and existing businesses to get recognition for the hard work and quality products they sell. The festival has proved itself to be an important part of the local culinary calender. The fact that it has been so successful, based largely around volunteers and goodwill, is testament to the team behind this great asset to our city.”

Seb Cole, Boho Gelato

“The food festival is key to promoting and growing Brighton’s reputation as a foodie destination by highlighting the diverse range of quality food producers and restaurants that the city has to offer. The local economy relies on visiting tourist trade and, without a platform such as the festival to promote quality food in Brighton, we could lose out on the more affluent foodie tourist market.”

Olivia Reid, Terre à Terre

“Terre à Terre has been involved with the festival for many years. As an independent it is really important to avail of every possible opportunity to make contact with your public and that’s what the festival offers, alongside shared marketing and profile raising. The food festival allows business like us to change the way we engage with our audience whether it’s via a market, live food demonstration or ticketed event. It also allows us to sit amongst our fellow chefs and restaurateurs, together presenting the best of what Brighton can offer in mass, and that’s what we love about it!”

Nathan Au,
FareShare Brighton & Hove

“FareShare Brighton & Hove work with the food industry to redistribute surplus food charities in the city and the surrounding area. The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival are a vital partner in the work that we do. They have supported us in many areas including awareness raising, fundraising and helping us build links with the food industry. We believe that food should not be wasted but go to those in the community that need it. The festival team have been amazing at helping us carry out this mission.”

Analiese Doctrove, Rockinghorse

“Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival have been fantastic supporters of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity over the last three years. Their events have helped us to raise our profile within the city as well as raising over £10,000 which helps us to continue to provide vital services, facilities and equipment for The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit. Thank you to everyone at the Food Festival for their continued support.”

Carla ter Maat,
drakes of brighton

“drakes has been a staunch supporter of the BHFDF for several years now and it is by far the most rewarding and beneficial city event we have been involved in. Through our involvement, drakes has received substantial exposure for the restaurant, and helped to spread the word and champion the fabulous array of local growers and producers we have within Sussex. I would strongly advise you Get Involved!”

Simon Maguire, Hotel du Vin

“Having been a part of the food festival for a number of years, the hotel enjoys offering continued support for this great event. For a name such as Hotel du Vin to be associated with the festival, truly highlights both the credability of both brands within the city.”

Tina Dallorzo, Churchill Square

“Churchill Square has been working with the festival for five years. Every April we host the Live Food Kitchen, which offers a fantastic and exciting array of cookery demos from local producers and chefs. The festival always draws a big crowd and is a great way for us to support the local producers in Brighton and beyond.”

Simon Broad, Ten Green Bottles

“The festival really helps to bring together the local food and drink producers and retailers, and emphasises the unique sense of community we have here in Brighton. Opportunities and support are there to be involved as much or as little as you want, and each year we see a clear benefit to being a part of it.”

Annie Gelpey, La Choza

“After opening our doors at La Choza a year and a half ago, some of our most welcoming friends have been the food festival team. We have met so many people – both customers and fellow foodies – through the festival and it has enabled us to not only keep informed of the local hospitality industry but also hear what is needed for future success.
The festival allows the public see how much good food and drink there is right here on our doorstep and gives the public a voice to recognise their favourite venues through the annual Brighton & Hove Food and Drink awards – one of our proudest moments at La Choza was winning the Best Newcomer Award 2013. We love the Brighton and Hove food festival!”

Mardi Roberts,
Ridgeview Wine Estate

“We’ve been working with the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival for a number of years, both here in the UK and also globally through sharing our wines in the International Chef Exchange. The festival has been incredibly valuable for enhancing our Ridgeview brand presence in Brighton and the surrounding region. The festival events have been key to our networking – and ultimately trading – with other fabulous local businesses, alongside the opportunity to raise awareness of our wines with consumers. The team are very enthusiastic, professional and – most of all – add a great element of fun to whatever they do.”

Rianne Ojeh, Travelbag

“Travelbag has been tailor-making holidays for over 30 years. The International Chef Exchange gives us the chance to showcase some of the fantastic culinary destinations around the world, inspiring festival visitors to explore these tasty countries. The festival team has been invaluable in organising these events and dovetailing the objectives of Travelbag with the needs of their visitors. I look forward creating many further opportunities in bringing the world’s cuisine to Brighton and showcasing the best of Sussex to the world.”