Sussex Foodie News
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Brighton & Hove Foodie Fun
Catering jobs galore at the Amex
Harveys 'Royal Nuptial Ale'
Historic Fittleworth Swan Inn make-over
Sussex Food & Drink Awards
Shoreham baker perfects cake pops
Farmer's Market at Saddlescombe Farm
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Sussex Foodie News, April 2011  
Dear Sussex Foodies,
I hope you are enjoying our superb spring, which has brought lots of foraging opportunities - wild garlic is in the hedgerows ready to flavour home-made aioli, stews and salads; young nettles are ripe for the plucking for tasty soups and sauces; and garden herbs are bursting with life all of a sudden, offering fresh and intense flavours we haven't had for months! All kinds of foodie events are now on, so without further ado, let me tell you what's on! 

Paula Seager
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Brighton & Hove Foodie Fun   

On Friday we kicked off the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival's spring harvest programme with a 'flipping fantastic' chef's pancake race on Brighton Pier, won by Michael Bowell from Hotel du Vin, followed by a VIP party and Sussex beer festival at Pub du Vin. WJ King launched their new Market Porter and Cocoa Loco created superb Market Porter Truffles for the occasion too. 

  We also opened voting in the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards, with new sponsors and and have already received over 200 votes for more than 70 favourite local restaurants, food pubs, cafes and food shops. It's completely based on public vote and everyone has one vote per category, so please VOTE NOW at There are lots more fun foodie events this week, see for details. 

Catering jobs galore at the Amex Community Stadium

The American Express Community Stadium is now recruiting for all grades of catering staff to work alongside superb head chef Fred Tobin. Chefs, logistics porters, kitchen porters and goods receiving porters will be needed to work in the 15 kiosks, seven kitchens and other back of house areas in the stadium, providing superb catering for matchday hospitality and a huge range of non-matchday events, from trade fairs and conferences to weddings and private parties. 

  Over 500 positions are available, starting on 1st June 2011 and people who are interested have been invited to email their CVs to

Harveys 'Royal Nuptial Ale' launched for royal wedding
Harvey's of Lewes, the Sussex brewers, are about to brew their celebratory ale for the forthcoming royal wedding and it will truly be a taste of Sussex. The recipe will comprise malting barley, grown on the Duke of Norfolk's estate in Arundel, hops from Bodiam, Burwash, Robertsbridge and Wadhurst and honey from Hassocks.

  Royal Nuptial Ale is described as an ale for honeymooners and all romantics. The inspiration for the beer came from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Head Brewer, Miles Jenner, explained: "The play is set amidst royal wedding celebrations and highlights the eternal hope of romance; Shakespeare was born on 23rd April, St George's Day, and his birthday celebrations precede the royal wedding by a few days. It all seemed a very natural combination."

  The beer will be bottled and available in mid-April. A limited supply may also be available on draught.

Historic Fittleworth Swan Inn now gourmet destination 

The historic Swan Inn in Fittleworth has had a �250,000 make over and re-opened its doors after a ten-week refurbishment programme by the White family, who also created the popular gastro-destination White's Bar & Kitchen in Steyning.

  The bar area at The Swan, which was visited by the artist Constable in the 1800s, has been lightened up, with fire places restored and opened to create a cosy and relaxed snug, with quality comfort food to match and a fine range of local ales and wine.  

  On the other side of the pub, a delightful, airy restaurant, with an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and fittings created by award-winning interior design company Design LSM, promises to be a gastronomic success, serving superb steaks, including five different cuts of beef and specials such as roasted pork belly and pan fried sea bass with crushed white beans and chorizo. To book, call 01798 865429 or see

Sussex Food & Drink Awards seeks sponsors
We are currently planning the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2011/12, including several exciting innovations to make the scheme even better - so now's the time to think about sponsoring, if you would like to support the county's best growers, producers and the outlets which promote them.

  Our goal is to promote Sussex produce, helping consumers find out where they can buy and enjoy it and we also promote Sussex food and drink outside of the county, supporting local tourism and building a respect for the county's produce, which some how got forgotten over the last century.

  If you are interested in sponsoring the awards or finding out more, please contact and see

Shoreham baker perfects cake pops

Joanna Philips claims to have perfected this summer's most fashionable baking trend, the 'cake pop', as she opened her new bakery and catering company, Piglet's Pantry, this week at The Beach House on East Street in Shoreham-by-Sea.

  "Cake pops are beautiful little mouthfuls of delight on a lolly pop stick, made from moist sponge, shaped as anything you like and then coated and daintily decorated with delicious chocolate - just right for wedding favours, children's parties or a little treat," she said. "Our secret is that we have perfected the recipe to coat them with quality chocolate, rather than American candy, so we know ours are the best!"  Find out more about her baking and catering service at 

Farmer's Market at Saddlescombe Farm, Devil's Dyke

Take your pick from a variety of fresh local produce, including cheese, breads, sausages and apple juice, free-range eggs, as well as local crafts, such as knitted goods, luxurious quilts, woold spinning and much more, at Saddlescombe Farm on Sunday 17th April, 10.30am - 4pm.  

  The Farmers' Market will be running alongside their annual Open Day, so there will be plenty to entertain, including tours of the ancient farm, traditional carpentry and the majestic heavy horses. Refreshments available at the wonderful Hiker's Rest cafe. Directions: Follow signs near Devil's Dyke on the day. Adult �5, Child �2, Family �11. Parking �1 (free parking for National Trust members). Call 01273 857712 or email: for more details.

What's on... foodie events in Sussex this month 


Book tickets now for Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival's Spring Harvest, 1-10 April  


9 April, Erde Ceramic goes Loco - chocolate tasting and easter gifts at Erde Ceramica, East Street, Brighton


3-25 April, Easter Bunny Trail, Borde Hill Garden, nr Haywards Heath 


17 April, 1030am-4pm - Farmers Market, Saddlescombe Farm, nr Devil's Dyke,


1-2 May - Food & Farming Fair, The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, West Sussex. 


7 May - Herstmonceux Food Fair, Herstmonceux Village Hall,   

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