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Today I went to the Brighton Food Festival. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the event. It’s the “Borough Market” of Sussex. brighton food 1

The top question on everyone’s mind is- Were There Any Samples? Freebies? Could one be a total pig on just samples?

Yes, Yes and maybe.

Here are some oral highlights:

Prosperity Brownies:

Not wanting to commit to a whole brownie yet jonesing for a chocolate fix, I sampled some incredible bits of brownie from Prosperity brownies. The sample wasn’t too hard nor too soft. If you like brownies, you know the importance of a good consistency. Prosperity delivers the goodies.

Carluccios:

I have to say I was very impressed by the whole Carluccios tent. If you love risotto or need to buy some mushrooms head over to Carluccios. The girlfriend wolfed down a sausage sandwich with rocket for a mere 2 pounds near closing time. I swear the risotto amazing.

Moshi Moshi:

Local fav Moshi, Moshi was giving out free sushi which looked delicious but alas, was a california roll so I wasn’t in luck. I have been to this fantastic sushi bar though and I would have definitely taken up any vegetarian offerings.

Orange Grove Organic:

Whether you are an affirmed plant only eater, you’ll find Orange Grove’s selection of dips pretty damn good. I consider their dips  hummos 2.0.

Stratta Fruit Vinegar:

I love vinegar. I have been known to bizarrely drink some out of the bottle as a tonic to all ills. Stratta Fruit Vinegar is a revelation. These vinegars spiked with fruit are so perfect I wouldn’t even recommend making them into a salad dressing ingredient. Just buy some bread and dip it in for perfection.

Chocoholly:

Chocoholly supplies to several shops locally and can also be found at Waitrose. Try the white chocolate for a special treat.

Taste Of Calabria:

Taste of Calabria has these fantastic italian biscuits which are not very sugary and unlike anything you can easily buy.

Jethros:

Jethros sells marinades that if you cooked would be truly fun to play with. If you don’t like me, you can use some of them like dressings or sauce over meat or meatless meat.

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Aloka:

Aloka was my choice for supper. I had a Seitan burger with garlic mayo and salad.  The burger was pretty good but the price made it as it was reduced. I would be interested to try the beatroot burger on offer. I will also say the staff here are lovely. Most of their food if not all, is vegan and raw.

I’m certainly looking forward to the Fiery Food festival and more upcoming events. I’ll just save all my calories and then splurge kind of like a shopping spree.

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Gourmet Palates

If you think Brighton is just a seaside resort without much to offer people beyond fish and chips, you are sadly mistaken. True enough, the fish and chips are amazing especially at Bankers, but there is a lot more to choose from.

I’m writing this on the eve of the Brighton Food Festival which is a series of food festivals which focuses on locally sourced food and runs over the month of Sept.

Generally, there are a lot of gourmet restaurants and stockists in some offbeat places. For instance in Hove, The Real Eating Company is a restaurant and cheese shop that uses local seasonal produce and is a great date night place for foodies. 0809 022

One place that really deserves a mention is Coriander Restaurant And Deli. The deli has fantastic cheese, bread  and dips. This place is located in a blink and you might miss it place, near Hove Seafront.

I’ve also been to Le Gourmet shop in Seven Dials, where I was captivated by squid ink pasta! It was sooo black.

You also can’t forget Bill’s Produce Store, where everything is marked with the Bill’s label and fairly expensive but worth it.

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One really great place to go is Hove Farmer’s Market once monthly on a Sunday, if you are in the area to get local honey still on the comb, dips and sausages. I’ve also bought nice chutneys here and bakery bread. The market is just around the corner from Hove railway station.

Perhaps the most impressive gourmet shop is Taj. I take Taj for granted because I live here but Taj really is something else. Where else can you buy German tofu, freshly made Curry and Thai sweet and sour sauce?!  A lot of people come to Taj for upscale picnic fare.

If you are in the market for something a bit more simple at Cook Brighton, tourists can buy an amazing packet of Munchy Seeds and locals can buy a gourmet ready meal frozen that is revelation in fast(ish) food. For the unitiated,  Munchy Seeds are sunflower seeds covered in spices or sweet powder.

I can’t forget about Carluccio’s which is a chain but a particularly good one, selling Italian freshly baked-breads and pastas. Carluccios also has a cafe serving authentic Italian antipasti and delicious beverages.

I really enjoy eating at Foodilic which serves cold, buffet style gourmet. This is one of the only decent places in the Churchill Square area to eat.

A lot of times on holiday, all you need is a nice bottle of wine and some tapas style foods. The gourmet shops I’ve listed are places to buy a bit of cheese or bread for this purpose. Or some very, very black squid ink pasta to take home!

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Good Cheap Eats

Money is a concern for everyone at the moment. Here’s a guide of cheap eats, some good, some not so good, rated by me. If you think any hits are really misses, let me know. And if I put your hit as miss, add your comment!

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