What's new this month...
Seeking the best Sussex Food and Drink businesses of the Year 2019
Recipe of the month from Mark and Sarah Hardy, owners of High Weald Dairy
WIN! A chocolate Lolly Making Kit for three lucky winners!
The Sussex Food and Drink Awards: Winner in the spotlight
Afternoon Tea for Two for £20.00 at The Brookfield Hotel - throughout October and November 2018
Horsham Food and Drink Festival, until 30 September
Adur Brewery Open Day - 15 September
Autumn Show and Game Fair - 6 & 7 October
Trenchmore Apples for Cider swap - every weekend from 22 September to 13 October
Dates for your Diary
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South Downs Foodie News  
September 2018

Hello South Downs Foodies,
Harvest is well upon us and we just love these last few weeks of sunshine, as we start to feel a nip in the air but enjoy the fruits of the year. 
Monday evening saw the launch of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2019 at the beautiful South Lodge Hotel and we have all the news from the evening as well as information about the awards for those looking to enter. 
Also in this edition we have fab late summer foodie events to tell you about.
We also have our usual foodie treats including a fabulous chef of the month, a great competition prize for one lucky winner and all the latest news from Sussex and the South Downs.  
Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer!   
Paula Seager and Hilary Knight 

Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2019 is open for entries! 

The Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2019 launched this week with a lovely event at the South Lodge Hotel in Upper Beeding, West Sussex on 10th September, with the great and the good of Sussex food and drink. BBC Sussex's Allison Ferns officially opened the awards by banging a gong and guests toasted the occasion with sparkling wines from Sussex Wineries.    
Thanks to fantastic sponsors Southern Co-op, SRC-Time, South of England Agricultural Society, RP Meats, Blakes Foods, Harvey's Brewery, Natural PR, Sussex Food & Drink Network, Horsham District Council and Natural Partnerships CIC. Categories range from farmers to producers to the outlets which serve and sell local food and everything in between. 
Find out more and enter now at:

Recipe of the month from Mark and Sarah Hardy, owners of High Weald Dairy

Sarah and Mark Hardy own and run their hands-on family business, High Weald Dairy in Horsted Keynes, West Sussex. They currently make 15 cheeses with the entire process taking place on the farm and their cheeses can be bought direct from the farm, from farm shops and farmers' markets in Sussex. They have brought us their delicous recipe for September: Sussex Slipcote Bonbons, cheesey, moreish morsels perfect as a starter or canapé. Full of crunch, creaminess and a lot of flavour. To get the full recipe visit:   
WIN! A chocolate Lolly Making Kit for three lucky winners! 

West Sussex based Cocoa Loco is an award-winning artisan Organic and Fairtrade chocolate company who loves making super scrumptious confections that are so chocolatey they make you jump for joy!

Cocoa Loco has also just launched a chocolate lolly making kit, which makes scrumptious, silky smooth farmyard lollies - the perfect gift for a birthday or rainy day activity. Be your own chocolatier with the fun Cocoa Loco chocolate lolly making kit. It's Fairtrade certified and organic too!

And now Cocoa Loco would like to give three lucky winners a Lolly Making Kit each! To be in with a chance of winning, simply click the link below:
The Sussex Food and Drink Awards: Winner in the spotlight 
Sussex Young Chef of the Year was Michael Notman-Watt from 64 Degrees, Brighton & Hove. His menu was praised for its surprisingly good flavour combinations starting with a delicious starter of foraged gems, including cobnuts and apples from the Wiston Estate and beetroot from Nama Yasai Farm in Lewes. His main course was lamb from Saddlescombe Farm and his dessert cleverly married three of his favourite
things in life: doughnuts, tea and gin.
Afternoon Tea for Two for £20.00 at The Brookfield Hotel - throughout October and November 2018

Afternoon Tea at the Brookfield Hotel, near Emsworth includes freshly made sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream & jam plus a selection of mini cakes & pastries along with tea or filter coffee.  
During October and November two people can enjoy afternoon tea for just £20 (usual price £16.50 per person).

Call The Brookfield Hotel on 01243 373363 to make your reservation and quote 'South Downs Food'. They will dicscuss diertary requirements and availabiltiy with you. Enjoy a treat during the autumn months ahead!

~ Foodie events in Sussex and the South Downs ~ 
Horsham Food and Drink Festival, until 30 September 

Organised by Horsham Foodies and Horsham District Council, this year's Festival once again fills Horsham Town with fantastic aromas, until Sunday 30 September. 
Horsham Foodies presents four weeks of Fantastic Festival Events. There is no better place to be this September for food and drink lovers than the Horsham District. Whether you have a craving for carefully crafted cheeses, an avid appetite for ale or a taste for tantalising treats from traders in the local market, this year's Food and Drink Festival is where you will satisfy your most delicious desires. The new 'Food and Drink, Your Local Guide 2018/19' is available online; visit:
Adur Brewery Open Day - 15 September 
In 2011 Adur Valley was at risk of losing its local brewery, so a group of enthusiasts formed a co-operative, buying the assets, name and recipes and today continue to brew traditionally.  
Awarded CAMRA's' real ale in a bottle accreditation. Locally, their bottled beers are available from The Sussex Produce Company, Hartleys (Steyning), Budgens (Henfield) and Steyning Farmers' Market on the 1st Saturday of the month. Brewery open day 11-6pm. FREE ENTRY!   
Autumn Show and Game Fair - 6 & 7 October  
Have a go at the thrilling countryside sports and pursuits and enjoy first-class entertainment, food and shopping at this year's Autumn Show & Game Fair on 6 & 7 October 2018 at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex.
The Autumn Show & Game Fair's extensive programme features an action-packed line up of activities and performances filling the whole weekend with unique experiences for all ages to enjoy.
Trenchmore Apples for Cider Swap - every weekend from 22 September to 14 October 

The team at Trenchmore Farm is really looking forward to this year's apple swap and hope to see many faces,  old and new, on the farm.  Please bring your apples in any container you have - bags, buckets or bowler hats will do - to Trenchmore Farm, Burnt House Lane, Cowfold, Sussex, RH13 8DG. They will be weighed in and you will be given a 330ml bottle of Silly Moo cider for every 5kg of apples.  They  can only accept apples that are ripe, clean, unbruised, unsprayed and grown in Sussex.
Dates for your diary...
15 September - Adur Brewery Open Day -  www.facebook.com/events/117720665476856/  
22 September - Lindfield Arts Festival - 2018.lindfieldartsfestival.com 
28-30 September - Steyning Beer Festival - www.steyningfestival.co.uk  
6-7 October - Autumn Show and Game Fair - www.seas.org.uk 
Weekends - Silly Moo Apples for Cider Swap - www.trenchmore.co.uk  
Find out about more exciting local food and drink events in the South Downs Food What's On Calendar here

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