What's new this month...
Rob Bookham's Recipe of the Month
Another recording breaking Sussex Food & Drink Awards!
WIN! A Sussex Cheese Hamper from The Cheese Hut!
New chef at The Pass, South Lodge
Hampshire Farmers' Markets dates for 2019
Dates for your Diary

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South Downs Foodie News  
February 2019

Hello South Downs Foodies,
A flurry of snow, some bright spring sunshine, windy rain and the first crocuses and snowdrops of 2019 - could spring be on the way? Here's hoping! 

What ever the weather, we have always got scrumptious and award-winning food and drink to enjoy here in the South Downs region and we are here to tell you where you can enjoy it this month, in our deliciously cheesy February edition.

Hilary Knight and Paula Seager   

Thank you to Rob Bookham at The Milk Churn, part of Bookham Harrison Farms, situated on the Downs Link midway between Horsham and Guildford, for providing our tasty February recipe, using his very own produce. 

Customers travel from far and wide to enjoy his famous Sussex Charmer on Toast and Charming Cheese Straws - and he's kindly shared the recipe for this mouth-watering snack with us. See: 

Another record breaking year for Sussex Food & Drink Awards!    

Thank you to all you foodies out there who voted for your favourites in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2019! We can hardly believe it, but we received 18,000 votes this year, 3,000 more than last year! And over 200 fantastic local food and drink businesses entered the awards. 

Our expert judges, chaired by prominent Sussex farmer and Nuffield Scholar, William Goodwin, are now assessing the outcome and we will find out who made it onto the Grand Finalists list early in March. 

Which means that planning for the Sussex Food & Drink Awards Banquet is now very much under way. Renowned as THE foodie event of the year in the county, this sumptuous seven-course Sussex banquet and lively awards presentation hosted by Sally Gunnell OBE and Danny Pike from BBC Sussex, will be held at the Amex Stadium on 15th May 2019. 

Tickets are now available and you can find out more at: 

WIN! A Sussex Cheese Hamper from The Cheese Hut!

The Cheese Hut at 1 Basin Road, Portslade, is offering a stunning Sussex Cheese Hamper to our February 2019 winner, including nine delicious Sussex cheeses, making the ultimate Sussex Cheeseboard! It includes: Goodweald Smoked - Traditional Cheese Dairy; Seven Sisters - High Weald Dairy; Sussex Blue - Alsop & Walker; Flower Marie - Golden Cross Cheese; Levin Down - Goodwood Estate; Sussex Charmer - Bookham Harrison; Wealdway Goat - Nut Knowle Farm; Sussex Brie- Alsop & Walker; and Golden Cross- Golden Cross Cheese.

Enter by 28th February at: 

Tom Kemble is the new chef at The Pass at South Lodge  

Welcome to Tom Kemble, the new chef at The Pass, South Lodge, in Lower Beeding. Cooking professionally for over ten years, Tom began his career at Chapter 2 restaurant in Blackheath. He furthered his skills at the one-Michelin-starred Foliage restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in London and at the then newly opened Hedone restaurant, where they were awarded a Michelin star. He worked under Magnus Nilsson at his Swedish destination restaurant Faviken and both these ingredient-led restaurants have reportedly informed his approach. Tom then became head chef at Bonhams Restaurant in 2014, which is located in one of the world's oldest and most prestigious auction houses, situated in London's Mayfair. He was an integral part of the restaurant's launch and achieved a Michelin star within seven months of opening. Since then Tom has been constantly refining his cuisine, creating a strong and distinctive repertoire of dishes cooking with restraint and has invested much time and effort in sourcing the finest produce available. We can't wait to try out his new menu!

Hampshire Farmers' Markets have announced their market dates for 2019. Farmers markets are a great way to discovered the fantastic local fare on your doorstep, so find one near you at:

Valentine's Day Dining in Sussex
If you're thinking  about  a romantic dinner for two on Valentine's Day (or any other day for that matter!), don't forget to check out the top ten finalists in Sussex Eating Experience of the Year 2019:
  • etch., Brighton & Hove
  • Farmer, Butcher, Chef, Goodwood, West Sussex
  • Rathfinny Tasting Room, Alfriston, East Sussex
  • The Crabtree, Lower Beeding, West Sussex
  • The Dining Room, Worthing, West Sussex
  • The Earl of March, Lavant, West Sussex
  • The Milk Churn, Rudgwick, West Sussex
  • The Parsons Table, Arundel, West Sussex                            And gorgeous foodie gifts from Sussex
  • The Richmond Arms, West Ashling, West Sussex                 Food Producer of the Year 2019 Finalists -
  • Wingrove House, Alfriston, East Sussex                                like these chocs from Noble and Stace. 

~ Foodie events in Sussex and the South Downs ~ 
Dates for your diary...

Every Saturday - Lewes Farmers Market, Cliffe High Street - LewesFarmersMarket

1st and 3rd Friday of the month - Chichester Farmers Market - ChichesterFarmersMarket

2nd and last Sunday of the month - Winchester Farmers Market - WinchesterFarmersMarket

Every Friday - Street Diner in Brighton - www.streetdiner.co.uk

Mon-Sun by appointment - Langham Brewery Tours - langhambrewery.co.uk/brewery-tours/ 

Find out about more exciting local food and drink events in the South Downs Food What's On Calendar here

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