The South of England Food & Drink Festival

The South of England Food & Drink Festival


South of England Showground
Selsfield Road
RH17 6TL

Date(s) - 24-May-2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

South of England Showground

The South of England Food & Drink Festival returns to The Showground in Ardingly on Sunday 24th May, mixing the hip and the traditional in artisan food, drink and entertainment.

More than simply a food fair, this is a day of great live music, fun, frolics and food-related activities and games for all the family.

Sensational puppetry from Long Nose Puppets, Food &  Drink Masterclasses starring MasterChef Pro Champion Steven Edwards, The Wobblympics, The Sussex Cheese Bowling Championships, juggling and trickery from Dan the Hat, Bollywood Dancing Classes and a host of foodie activities for children of all ages.


Think quaint Victorian Curiosity Show. Think picnic in the glorious Sussex countryside Think good old-fashioned knees up. Think all these things. With a large dollop of quintessential Englishness on top.


Intrigued? Do Come along…


This year the Festival hosts the prestigious Sussex Food & Drink Awards, with public voting for ‘Best Sussex Street Food’.


Said Simon Teesdale of Festival organisers Food Rocks, “We have come along way from the days of burnt burgers and salmonella sausages served from rusty handcarts! Street Food is now gourmet and hip. The Sussex scene is bursting with passionate chefs preparing incredible dishes of every imaginable cuisine, using local, seasonal ingredients and serving them in style from converted vintage trucks and bespoke stalls.”


Added Paula Seager of The Sussex Food & Drink Awards, “We have selected the very best vendors from all over Sussex, as well as a few ‘guests’ from further afield, in order to create a Street Food sensation. Food lovers will be in paradise as they taste their way around the world in a sensory overload of flavours, aromas, sights and sounds, before having their say in the outcome of this brand new Award.”


Be sure to bring your appetite!


At the heart of The Festival is ‘The Market’, a huge barn packed full of wonderful food and drink from the finest producers in the south of England. Visitors can buy everything from a mouth-watering rib of beef to exquisite shellfish and can stock up their larders with artisan bread and cakes,farm fresh fruit and vegetables, craft beers and boutique wines.


Said Amy Hakim of Food Rocks, “We love food – thinking about it, dreaming about it, cooking it, discovering exciting new recipes, flavours and textures – and above all eating it! By sourcing produce when it is in season and at its freshest from ethically-minded local suppliers, we believe it is possible to eat in a healthy, rewarding, socially responsible and cost-effective manner. It is our aim to enable everyone to share this passion and philosophy.”

“We have gone to great lengths to choose the finest local producers for our food market – and have ensured that they meet our criteria with regard to both quality and production values.”

There are a range of Pop-Up Restaurants, Tastings and Masterclasses featuring MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards’ new venture ‘Etch’, British Street Food Award Champions ‘The Little Blue Smokehouse’, UK Fishmonger of the Year ’Veasey & Sons’ and Lewes Food Producer of theYear ‘The Hearth’. Expect amazing food, tutored wine and beer tastings and a multitude of culinary hints and tips.




Drinks are provided by local brewers and winemakers. There will be a wide range of craft ales, real ciders, English wines, spirits and cocktails as well as freshly made smoothies and juices, locally roasted coffees and blended teas. These can all be enjoyed in ‘The Hay Bale Barn’ featuring live music from the sensational James Gillespie and Harry’s Tricks and eclectic DJ sets from Fruitful Soundsystem.


Meanwhile children can play, be entertained and educated in ‘The Children’s Zone’; a huge yurt designed to promote healthy eating and exploring new tastes through cookery classes, games, craft and stories. This includes the chance to make and bake pizzas with ‘The Hearth’.


There is also the chance to see the fabulous ‘Flyaway Katie’ performed by Long Nose Puppets. Tickets are a bargain at just £5, that’s about half the usual theatre price.





Early Bird tickets and more information at


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