THE UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink returns to Brighton this summer and will be playing its part to help combat the city’s homelessness crisis. The hugely popular Foodies Festival, which is expected to attract around 25,000 visitors over three days during the Bank Holiday weekend, May 4-6, has a mouth-watering line-up of star chefs, including Brighton’s very own MasterChef 2018 champion Kenny Tutt, and a host of major live music acts.
Also confirmed is Celebrity MasterChef 2018 winner John Partridge, known for his role as Christian Clarke in EastEnders. Top chefs from the local area include Great British Menu winner Michael Bremner at 64 Degrees & Murmur, Dave Mothersill of The Coal Shed, Will Dennard of Wolfsmouth, Kanthi Thamma at The Spice Circuit and Johnny Stanford of the new No1 Broad Street restaurant.
All will share their culinary genius in the Chef’s Theatre which also includes Great British Bake-Off stars. New names are being added to the programme daily. Former Brighton bank manager Kenny said: “I had a great time travelling up and down the country to get on stage at the brilliant Foodies Festivals last year, so it goes without saying, that I’m excited to be back this May on my home turf of Brighton! I’m also opening my first restaurant, PITCH, just around the corner in Worthing in May, so I’ll be giving everyone a taste of what’s to come there.”
In what will be the festival’s 10th anniversary at Brighton Hove Lawns, organisers are once again teaming up with Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) to raise vital funds to support the increasing number of people who find themselves living on the streets. The music programme includes one of the country’s top QUEEN tribute bands, Flash, as well as 50 emerging bands and soloists from the Brighton area.
Figures revealed last year showed that Brighton had the second biggest homeless population in England. MAH was founded by music PR Emma Rule and boasts music guru Alan McGee, who famously signed Oasis. The project provides opportunities for up-coming talent while raising funds for UK homelessness charity Crisis.
Emma said: “Recent reports state that Brighton has the second largest homeless population in England, with figures expected to rise nationally. “Thanks to the support from Foodies and the artists playing our stages we will continue to raise the profile of the subject and money to support those living on the streets while ensuring that people visiting the festival enjoy a fantastic programme of music.”
Foodies Festivals are staged up and down the country from May to November and organisers are delighted to launchin Brighton. Festival director Sue Hitchen: “Brighton is most certainly our liveliest event. People are up on their feet and dancing by mid-day. It’s a real cross section of all ages fromall over the country and the seaside setting is totally stunning.”
Brighton Foodies promises a feast of fun for all the family with more than 200 exhibitors and award-winning artisan producers, a Street Food Village, Vintage Cider Tent, the new Cakes and Desserts Theatre, a Kids Cookery School, Healthy Living Area, Chef’s Theatre and Food and Drink masterclasses.
And Brighton Council is keen to welcome the event back to the city. Councillor Alan Robins, Chair of the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee, said: “I’m delighted that the Foodies Festival is returning to the city for the 10th year. “It’s always a popular event taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend and attracts around 25,000 people, including local residents as well as visitors.
“It’s always great to see big name chefs and music acts come to Brighton & Hove and particularly when they are raising money for such an important cause.”
Tickets, including VIP packages, are now on sale.
For every ticket sold, the festival will make a donation to the cause. There will also be merchandise on sale giving a further boost to funds.