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News - 7 January 2011

The important business of food

The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival returns with it's first major outing of 2011 – Spring Harvest – running from 1-10 April.

The festival's 'Business Opportunities' brochure has just been launched. It features all the events and activities that local businesses can take part in during the festival period. It's free to take part in some of the events, and businesses are encouraged to come up with their own creative food ideas too.

The Big Sussex Market – Brighton's biggest local food market of the year – will be running on New Road on 2-3 April whilst other feature events include an all-new Champagne & Local Sparkling Wine Festival at Hotel du Vin on 3 April and the first ever Brighton & Hove Restaurant Week from 1-8 April. The highly successful Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards will be returning for 2011, plus foodies can enjoy a Live Food Show at the Radisson Blu hotel and a Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour organised in conjunction with Brighton & Hove Buses.

The food festival is well-known for its events during September of every year, but in 2010 the committee decided to bookend the Brighton festival calendar year with another food festival.

"We introduced our Spring Harvest last year to help support the great food and drink producers and suppliers in and around the city", says Nick Mosley, festival MD.

"The festival directors and committee are passionate about both food and drink, and also our city, so we saw this as a good opportunity to promote both to locals and visitors, and most importantly put cash into the tills".

For a festival of its size (attracting a footfall of about 160,000 over 47 days of events in 2010 making it the largest food festival in the south of England), the structure of the committee is unique. At its core, the festival is a not-for-profit organisation consisting of five directors and a committee of 10 local business people, all giving their time, expertise and resources for free. Individual events are run commercially where possible however many of the promotions do not generate any revenue for the festival company. This is made entirely possible by the efforts of the committee, the continued support of local food and hospitality businesses, and any commercial sponsorship that the event attracts.

"We're all really excited about the new events we have planned for this coming year", continues Nick. "It's really gratifying in the current climate to see our city's food and drink festival getting bigger and more diverse each and every year, and that's something we can all be proud of".

A PDF of the festival business opportunities brochure can be downloaded now from the official food festival website at

For further information or sponsorship opportunities contact Nick Mosley, or 01273 77 00 44.

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