Springtime is upon us people, and with it a flavoursome feast of foodie fun to cram in your diaries. Here’s Wriggle’s guide to the best of the month’s activities, come what May…
Our fair city’s annual carnival of local-grown excellence returns, with masses of awesome grub-based goings on. To celebrate, our friends at Curry Leaf Cafe are hosting a series of cookery and beer-pairing masterclasses at their shiny new Kemptown gaff, with award-winning head chef Kanthi sharing his wisdom. Also check out the VIB (Very Independent Brighton) tour, taking in Wriggle-friendly indie eateries and off-the-beaten track nosh stalls.
May 5 – June 4
It’s back: shell out a mere tenner for a magic wristband entitling you to cut-price fancy hooch at 30 bars across Brighton and Hove, including the Mesmerist, The Plotting Parlour and Bar 55. At least five drinks on every menu for a fiver! Drink irresponsibly, friends.
Big Sussex Market
Hove Lawns is the place to be May 27-29 for a mammoth market of local produce with top-drawer restaurants offering delicious samples of their latest wares. The ever-popular free attraction – part of ‘Sussex & World Weekend’ – will also showcase local wines from the Ridgeview and Stopham vineyards, plus beers from The Beer Collective. And what seaside day out would be complete without ice cream: check out a demonstration of Sicilian granita making courtesy of Boho Gelato.
Brighton Food Trail
Zoom around North Laine in the company of knowledgable guides and sample special taster plates from Merkaba, The Chilli Pickle, Common, La Choza, 1847, Bus Stop, Ten Green Bottles, Langelees and Flour Pot Bakery. It’s only £16 a ticket so make sure you show up famished and get your money’s worth.
May 21, 2pm-5pm
Butler’s Wine Cellar English Wine Festival
Celebrate English Wine Week (it’s totally a thing) with Butler’s Wine Cellar on Hove Lawns. A mere tenner grants access to the marquee with six booze tokens (more available to buy on the day, natch) enabling you can elegantly quaff the produce of some 25 vineyards from Sussex and neighbouring counties. Cheers!