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News - 19 February 2010
Thousands enjoy World Food Fair 2009

City’s Economy gets Market Boost

It’s fair to say that in Brighton & Hove we love two things; our food and our planet. To celebrate our ecological and epicurean credentials, the Business Forum has created a yearlong package of events to enthral locals and visitors, tempt taste buds and inspire us over the coming months.

Kicking off on the weekend of 22-23 May is the Spring Food Fair . For two days, Hove Lawns will be awash with ideas to kick start your year. A grow your own section will offer help and advice on how to get started, and some superb ideas on how to cook delicious meals straight from the garden. Add to that a huge array of stalls selling everything from preserves to panna cotta, live performances from the Sussex Morris men and some cuddly spring animals - and spring will have most definitely sprung!

After that, from 12–13 June in New Road in the City Centre, it’s the Green Wave Eco Festival. Now in its third year, this event hosts exciting workshops, demonstrations, gadgets and products, plus live music entertainment and both locally sourced and Fairtrade food.

Hot on its heels, Hove Lawns aims to repeat the unprecedented success of 2009s Food Festival Finale with the World Food Fair on 25- 26 September. Coinciding with the last weekend of the hugely popular month-long Food and Drink Festival, the 2009 event pulled in crowds of over 10,000. For 2010, we will have over 100 stalls selling a myriad of delicious treats; great British crowd pleasers and unusual exotic surprises. With live entertainment, cocktails, beers and wine, you can indulge yourself for two days, soak up the late summer sun and celebrate the Food Festival Swan Song with us.

Rounding off the year in glittering style it’s the Christmas Crackers Market on New Road over the weekend of 27-28 November. Mulled wine, festive cheer and a mind-boggling array of stalls to really help you get in to the Christmas spirit. And if that isn’t enough, with the Theatre Royal lights switch on ceremony, modern toe-tapping entertainment and the traditional Salvation Army band to help you on your way, Christmas 2010 already looks to be a cracker.

All of these events are free to enter, and don’t forget, peppered throughout the year, the city will also play host to the popular French and Continental Markets on Hove Lawns. For a full rundown of all the planned events, see below.

Gavin Stewart, Hove Town Centre Manager said, ’With such a great mix of retail already in the city, Markets are the cherry on the top. With this fantastic line up, we hope to make 2010 a year to remember.’

The Business Forum’s Assistant City Centre Manager, Maddy Carr, added, ‘Brighton and Hove is becoming well known for its free admission events, which give a real boost to the local economy. But the best family day out is when parents see their children taking an active part in an event.'

‘This year schools across the city have been invited to showcase their gardening skills at the Spring Food Fair, and for the under-16s there will be a grow-your-own Cress Head competition for some real fun with prizes for all entrants to encourage children to have a go!’

‘We are also offering schools the opportunity to display or sell their eco-friendly ideas or produce alongside businesses and charitable organisations at the city’s Green Wave Eco Festival in June.’

To download a list of planned events, click on the link below (Microsoft Excel Workbook 17.5KB or 17,8920 bytes).

For more information about participating in these events, and details of the Cress Head competition, contact Maddy Carr at the Business Forum by e-mail: or call 01273 735442.

Click here to download

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