Hello January. The month of miserable weather, empty pockets and boozeless bellies. BUT, do not give up hope just yet dear ones. January is also the month of Tryanuary, Veganuary and the anniversary of Orlando Bloom’s birth. Sorry, sidetracked. Our point is, there are plenty of fabulous things to celebrate this month, especially foodie oriented ones. 

We’ve rounded up the month’s most fabulous food happenings in and around Brighton. You’re welcome. 

A week ago those diamond geezers over at The Joker announced that their journey with The Orange Buffalo had come to end. Before you start rioting in the streets over woof woof wings you might like to know that Tom and the team who had been running the kitchen since the beginning are now venturing out on their own with, wait for it ... Lost Boys Chicken. Yep, that’s right, still delicious wings and burgers! It also means they can add some more exciting GF and veggie options to the menu. We can’t wait to see what those cheeky chicken boys have lined up for the new year. 

All your chilli dreams have just come true. Those absolute beauties at the Windmill have brought back their legendary Chilli Mondays, just in time to ease the back to work blow. All you need to do is purchase a drink at the bar and get a raffle ticket that you can swap for a tasty, piping hot bowl of chilli and rice anytime throughout the evening. Mondays have never tasted so good. 

Seeing as it’s Veganuary why not test your culinary skills with this brielliant vegan cheese making workshop. During the class you’ll learn about various types of vegan cheeses including fermented, raw nut based and cooked cheeses. All the ingredients are local, organic, GF and refined sugar free. At the end of the class you’ll get the chance to sample your new creations with a glass of kefir to wash it down. Sign up for a real Gouda time. 

Italian aficionados Cin Can have had a corker of a year with their Vine Street foodie hot spot, so it only makes sense for them to open a second larger restaurant over on Western Road, Hove. In keeping with it's signature, Italian style the new location will have stools dotted around a u-shaped bar with an open kitchen but with the added bonus of a private dining room for all your tasty event feasting needs. The grand reveal is on the 18th Jan and we canny wait to see what pièce de résistance dishes they have in store for us. 

For those looking for a wholesome, healthy start to the new year. The morning starts with one and a half hour dynamic yoga class focusing on posture practice, breathing, meditation and relaxation and when you’ve worked up an appetite it’s time for a nourishing, plant based brunch. Inspired by Ayurveda, the food will incorporate the six flavours and include a range of tasty organic, local ingredients, leaving you feeling healthy and energised. 

Did you know fermented foods can strengthen your immune system, improve energy levels and have healing properties? Now that you do know, how about taking part in this Fermented Foods Workshop. It’s less expensive and easier than you might think, and one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Among the many things you’ll learn how to make are Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Ginger Beer and Kefir. Grab a pal and get booked in, you’ll be a cabbage convert in no time.

We’ve all got a case of the January blues, so go drink yourself merry at the Brunswick Winter Beer Festival. Championing 18 cask ales and a range of ciders from Sussex as well as seasonal specials from local breweries, and a hopping brilliant selection from brewers further afield. The festival runs from the 12th - 14th Jan with live music on Saturday and Sunday night. When you need a break from the beer, their usual food menu will be running over the weekend, drink responsibly people. 

Brighton based Supper Club, Alright Treacle, are kicking off their 2018 suppers with a ‘brilliantly Brighton vegan menu’ - nuts are the hero of every dish. Plantain, chicory and passion fruit also feature in this delicious 3 course menu, there’s even a cheeky glass of fizz included. So whether you're a fully blown herbivore, dipping your toe in the Veganuary water, or just fancy a night off the steaks, this is a supper you can go nuts for. 

Want to learn how to make nutritious, plant based food? My friend, you’re in luck. This two hour workshop hosted by Level Up Nutrition covers cooking up 3 vegan dishes, a sit down meal, an informative nutrition session and a Q+A session. There’s a kickass Kombucha mocktail and recipe goodie bag to take home too. Get involved in this wicked masterclass on the 29th Jan and learn some awesome new recipes bound to impress your buddies. 

Published -4th January 2018