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What's new this month...
Nominations open for Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2017
Springs' Smoked Salmon wins global design award
Top chefs share their favourite South Downs recipes
2-for-1 tickets to this weekend's Foodies Festival Brighton - 30 Apr-2 May
South of England Agricultural Society show season starts 1&2 May
Hampshire Food Festival - 1-31 July
Alfest 2016 - 9 July
Dates for your Diary
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South Downs Foodie News
Spring/ Summer Special 2016

Hello South Downs Foodies!

This is a special edition for the end of Spring/ beginning of Summer because there is so much to tell you about!

This week sees the launch of the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2016/17 - read on for all you need to know about nominating your favourite food or drink business.

Also, this bank holiday weekend (30th April- 2nd May) is choc full of wonderful foodie events, so we wanted to make sure you have all the information you need for this weekend and the coming few weeks!

Have a wonderful start to the summer. 
Paula Seager and Hilary Knight

After a hugely successful 10th anniversary year, Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2017 is now open to take online nominations at seeking the best Sussex food and drink producers and the outlets that sell and serve the best in the county.  
Everyone is welcome to nominate their favourites and businesses can also nominate themselves. Six of the categories including Sussex Food Producer, Drink Producer, Butcher, Food Shop, Farmers Market and Eating Experience, nominations will close on 8th June and a shortlist published for public vote in early July. Last year over 10,000 people voted for their foodie heroes.
Nominations for the other four categories including Sussex Newcomer, Street Food, Farmer and Young Chef of the Year will remain open until 8th September and the Grand Finalists for all ten categories will be announced in November.
All winners and runners up will go on to receive their awards in February 2017 at a BAFTA-style awards ceremony hosted by Sally Gunnell OBE and Danny Pike from BBC Sussex, including a spectacular seven-course Sussex produce banquet produced by Sodexo Prestige at the Amex Stadium. Thank you to our amazing sponsors - more details of who helps make this happen at... 
Springs' Smoked Salmon rebrand wins global design award
Sussex-based artisan smokery Springs' Smoked Salmon is celebrating an outstanding award win for their new branding in the leading global design awards organised by D&AD, working with branding agency Distil Studio.
With the slogan ' Just skill, smoke & Sussex oak' and using charcoal from the smokery's brick kilns, Distil Studio drew a series of expressive marks and textures born from the very heart of the traditional smoking process used at Springs to make their delicious smoked salmon.
The team will receive their award in May.
T op chefs share their favourite South Downs recipes  
Make the most of beautiful, seasonal asparagus with current 'South Downs Chef of the Month' Steven Edwards' recipe, which uses ingredients that can all be found in the South Downs region. From Tueday, May's Chef of the Month will be Michael Sutherland, the youngest ever Sussex Young Chef of the Year grand finalist in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards and head chef at the Sussex Ox, sharing a delicious Sussex lamb dish with seasonal vegetables.
~ Foodie events in the South Downs Region ~ 
2-for-1 tickets to this weekend's Foodies Festival Brighton - 30 April- 2 May 
Foodies Festival is back on Hove Lawns this weekend (Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May) and you can get 2-for-1 tickets with showguides with a tasty ticket offer. 
Watch Michelin-star and celebrity chefs, including Sussex's own Matt Gillan (pictured) cooking live in the Chefs Theatre; feast on street food from around the world; relax with champagne or craft beer masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre, between shopping and sampling from over 100 producers in the Artisan Market. 
There's a Cake & Bake Theatre for the sweet-toothed and Bake Off fans plus the famous Chilli-Eating Competition to watch (or take part in if you dare). With a Kids Cookery School to keep little foodies busy, live music from the Entertainment Stage, and a Giant Pimm's Teapot serving refreshing cocktails, the whole family will enjoy a taste-bud-tickling day out. 
T&Cs: Offer applies to adult day tickets only. Excludes VIP tickets. Children 12 and under go free when accompanied by an adult.

Book 2-for-1 tickets with showguides by quoting 'FOODIES' at
South of England Agricultural Society Show Season - starts 1 and 2 May
The 2016 show season for the South of England Agricultural Society gets underway with the Spring Garden & Leisure Show this Bank Holiday Sunday 1 & Monday 2 May at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex.

Then in June, where better to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday weekend than at the South of England Show on 9, 10 and 11 June 2016, in Ardingly, West Sussex, where you can enjoy the best of the British countryside, food and drink and outdoor entertainment for the whole family?
For three glorious days, the South of England Agricultural Society will throw the spotlight on both the new and traditional, with stunning displays of the best of British agriculture, equestrianism, countryside learning, country crafts and sports; as well as great music, delicious food and drink and superb shopping.

Buy online today to save money and beat the queues!

Hampshire Food Festival - 1-31 July
The Hampshire Food Festival has grown from a weekend event to a month-long line up of over 75 events! There is something for every type of food lover so open your mind for discovery and prepare your taste buds for a journey.

All events are listed in the Hampshire Food Festival programme which can be viewed online on Hampshire Fare's website, below, from May.

Alfest 2016 - 9 July 
A 'Taste of the South Downs', with food, drink and music, takes place on Saturday 9th July 2016 at
The Tye, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TL

Sponsored and supported by The Star Inn, Rathfinny Wine Estate and Long Man Brewery, the event will be in aid of St Andrew's Church, 'The Cathedral of the Downs' and is a high quality, family friendly festival to showcase the abundance of local food and drink produced in Sussex and the South Downs.

If you are a food producer who could provide tastings and/ or sell your products, please enquire to
Dates for your diary...

Food Rocks, Lewes - 15 May -

The Sussex Country Show, Parham Park - 18 & 19 June -

JOY Festival, Lewes - 25 & 26 June -

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