The clock goes forward at 1am on the final day of this month, signalling the end of winter and making way for longer, lighter evenings, and perhaps even some sightings of that much-loved hot, yellow ball in the sky.
Until then, there’s a smorgasbord of foodie events big and small across March to keep your spirits up – the best of which including pop ups from top street food vendors in the biz, plus the UK’s biggest vegan festival. Heck to the yes.
Two Wolves Kitchen @ The Foundry
Mouth-watering vegan pub fave Two Wolves Kitchen is back at The Foundry this month, with an incredible 100% plant-based three-course dinner, inspired by the best in Italian cuisine. Expect incredible arancini made with wild mushroom, tarragon and smoked vegan cheese, a vegan twist on seafood tagliatelle (the things they can do with jackfruit and banana blossom, seriously), and ice cream cannelloni. Delish.
Bison Beer, Hove
The Dumpling Dudes at Get Sum are back at Bison Beer in Hove for one night only this month, bringing with them Chinese dumplings made from the best organic local produce Sussex has to offer. The menu’s predominantly vegan, with some meat specials including a Chinese five-spice pork and chilli lamb with red cabbage – all finished off with the awesome pick’n’mix toppings station to add any extra flavour.
Brighton Community Kitchen
You’ll have seen his pictures everywhere, depicting some of the best dishes from the best restaurants across the city and further afield. Now top photographer Xavier D. Buendia is sharing all his tips and tricks for nailing the perfect food photo with a workshop at the Brighton Community Kitchen. Not one to be missed, this one’s a must for all Instagram lovers and foodies.
The Bok Shop
Kill that hangover (or keep the night going) in the best way possible with bottomless brunch at finger-licking gourmet chicken shop The Bok Shop this month. Along with a choice of chicken or vegan burger (excluding The Bossman) and any side, guests are promised two hours of bottomless prosecco or mimosas to wash it down with. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also colouring to be done, and some banging tunes. Does it get any better than that?
Brighton Community Kitchen
Street food superhero Olly Dawson takes ticket holders on a journey from the sprawling shores of Sussex to Goa and beyond in this exclusive workshop, as he shares the tricks of the trade he’s picked up running Olly’s Fish Shack. Those looking to improve their fish cooking techniques and deliver a meal to remember will discover how to make truly delicious fish dishes from scratch, and learn how to make the most of species both close to home and from further afield.
The burrito maestros are at it again, partnering with the brilliant A Tribe Called Veg to bring another Vegan Mexican Supper Club to the streets of Brighton. Dedicated to serving authentic 100% plant-based Mexican dishes, the menu is structured to cater to all appetites and what’s more, includes pudding. Expect tostadas, tingas, pibil, banana blossom, vegan cheesecake and much more.
The Brighton Centre
One of the biggest lifestyle events in the continent, VegfestUK kicks off in Brighton with the first of three dates with a delicious start to 2019. Showcasing the very best in ethical products and sumptuous vegan food from around the world, the festival is essential for those seeking sustainable, cruelty-free living solutions. The weekend also includes live cookery demos, a Kids Area, live comedy, lectures on healthy living from top industry professionals and an art gallery, setting up this year’s VegfestUK to be its biggest yet!
The Restaurant at Drakes
Hands up who fancies a one, two or three-course bottomless lunch in one of the best settings in Brighton and Hove? Of course you do. The Restaurant at Drakes is here to deliver in spades, inviting diners for an afternoon of fine dining treats using the city’s famous seafront as a stunning backdrop. Expect decadence of the highest standard, and a menu to impress – this is certainly one for an indulgent weekend.
Brighton’s very own vegan market is back once again, with the best in local artisan bakers and makers showing off their various vegan wares. Thought fudge and butter were off-limits on a vegan diet? Lucky Cat and Katie’s Nuttery will be there to change your mind, with their amazing plant-based alternatives. There’ll be chutneys and sauces abound from Brighton Hot Stuff, BeFries and The Little Chutney Co, and even natural, chemical-free cleaning products from Eco-Vie. And did we mention this monthly event is free?
Treat the best woman in your life to an afternoon to remember with a chocolate-making workshop, served to you by Cocoa Crystal. With a focus on the craft of real chocolate, you’ll learn the science behind the making and tempering of the chocolate to create your own marbled slabs fit for the Masterchef kitchen, using professional equipment and techniques. Perhaps most excitingly though, is that you’ll each have a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and at the end be able to take your customised chocolates home (if you haven’t already eaten them by then!).