Easter is just around the corner, and with it brings a glorious long weekend of fun and frolics for the month - and of course the best thing of all: food. Whether you can talk for days about your love for gin, wax lyrical about chocolate (but have secretly never made any yourself), or fancy a mean fondue at one of the best old-fashioned pubs in town, we’ve got you sorted with our selection of the best food events and workshops across Brighton & Hove this April.
We just hope you didn’t give up anything for Lent…
Pottery & Pints @ The Better Half Pub
Fancy trying your hand at one of the oldest crafts known to man? We have good news! The fantastic team at Pottery & Pints are putting on a ceramic class designed for beginners at The Better Half Pub, giving guests two hours to learn how to make their very own pieces from scratch. Once there, you’ll learn the basic skills of how to “throw” a pot on the wheel, then be guided through every step of making your own piece – all the while sinking pints and having a good laugh. There’s only one rule: try not to recreate the famous pottery scene from Ghost.
Brighton Gin @ The Joker
The brilliant botanists of Brighton Gin are at it again, this time bringing an entire evening of talks and gin tasting to the classiest joint in Preston Circus: The Joker’s cocktail room. Be prepared to hear gin pedlar Ellie talk through the story of Brighton Gin, later discussing tasting notes and the distillation process, before a Q&A session with the lady herself. On top of this, you’ll have the opportunity to try the gin for yourself for a corker of an evening. Head down, meet some new people and support the Brighton Gin mission to change the way businesses contribute to their communities!
Cosmic Pizza Co @ The West Hill Tavern
There’s a brand new bottomless brunch in town and it’s unlike anything you’ll have seen before. That’s right folks, bottomless pizza brunch is now a thing, and it has your name all over it. Choose from Shakshuka, Avocuddle, Let’s Get Funghi, The Juan or Wakey Wakey at Cosmic Pizza Co – plus bottomless seasonal mimosas, Prosecco or Bloody Marys – for a 90-minute brunch experience that’s truly out of this world. Your Saturday mornings need never be the same again.
Back just in time for the good weather, the Sunday Market at The Level promises to end the week on a high with a spectacle of local independent Sussex traders, makers, artists and bakers (and much more) spread out under the elm trees of the city’s most vibrant and central park.
Expect a tasty Sunday menu of global street food from some of the best local names in the business, plus fresh produce, unique handmade and vintage gifts, accessories, clothes and collectibles. And what’s more – it’s free!
Cocoa Crystal @ Alcampo Lounge
With Easter just around the corner, there’s no better time of the year to learn how to make chocolate from scratch – and you can do just that with a Cocoa Crystal workshop this month. Beginning with only the finest organic cacao, Wrigglers will learn the art of working with and creating delectable chocolate masterpieces in their session, which places a significant focus on table tempering for chocolate which gives that expert, satisfying crack when broken apart. A glass of Prosecco is included in the ticket fee.
Fourth & Church
The masters at Fourth & Church may have travelled far and wide for inspiration for their globally-influenced small plates menu, however they’ll be pairing their plates with wines from a little closer to home for a very special event this month. Selecting only 4-5 of their favourite wines from specialist regions across the Channel, Fourth & Church will expertly pair these with some exquisite food matches from their kitchen, for only £20 per person. This small plates spot regularly appears in Top 20 lists of restaurants in Brighton, so snap this up while you can!
Brighton Community Kitchen
It’s BYOB at this exciting hands-on class by chef and writer Lerato Umah-Shaylor, who will take burgeoning chefs on a wondrous journey of taste and creation to her home region at the Community Kitchen this month. Combining the delectable savoury flavours of plantains to the botanical notes of hibiscus, guests can expect to create sumptuous plant-based feasts inspired by Lerato’s heritage – and then stay to dine on their creations.
Alchemy Flow @ Silo
Give your gut the gift of good health this month as Brighton’s anti-waste titans Silo join forces with Alchemy Flow to deliver a workshop to remember this month. Fermented foods are known to help quash a whole bunch of ailments, such as (social) anxiety, allergies and acne among others, owing to the bacterial balance in our tummies it creates. Sound good? You’ll be knowing your kimchi and kombucha from your kefir in no time (and taking some home with you).
Cocoa Crystal @ Small Batch Coffee Roasters
There are few things which go together quite as well as chocolate and coffee. And who better to team up than chocolate micro-producers Cocoa Crystal and Brighton’s legendary Small Batch Coffee Roasters for an evening of single origin chocolate and coffee tasting? On the night, guests can expect the best in single origin produce from either camp - paired beautifully by Small Batch’s expert sourcing master. There’ll also be a goody bag of treats for each guest to take home with them. We had you at “goody bag”, right?
Brighton Community Kitchen
Ever wondered what goes into the traditional charcuterie? Now you can find out all it takes to home-cure your own cuts of pork in this class led by Craig from Barfields Butchers this month. Discover authentic Italian techniques, the cuts needed to produce the best cures, and how to select the flavours for your own cured meat. Craig’s workshops come highly praised for his passion for his craft - jump on this one quick!
The Lion & Lobster
Fancy living out your wildest culinary dreams - of the 1970s? There may not be a prawn cocktail in sight at this event, but the team behind the good old Lion & Lobbo are doing one better: we’re talking a whole evening dedicated to the gooey, creamy deliciousness of fondue (plus bubbles!). Accompaniments include pickles, wedges, ravioli and meatballs, meaning this ain’t no ordinary fondue - and you can stay at the bar once you’re done. Count us in.
Can’t get enough karaoke? You can now relive your sins in the stark light of day thanks to the geniuses at Lucky Voice, who are offering two full hours of bottomless drinks (read: hair of the dog) plus a Bagelman lunch, games and glitter artist at your disposal at midday (midday!). With over 9,000 songs to choose from, we’re sure you’ll have your signature tune nailed by time’s up. Better embrace that hangover, Joyce, you’re in for a raucous time.