Thursday, 26 August 2010

Brighton Utterly Butterly Ukulele Project

Well I know Charlotte has already mentioned the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival, but I just had to highlight this event for sheer originality.

If you've never made your own ukulele now's your chance. In pure Blue Peter style the Utterly Butterly Ukulele Project offers you the chance to fashion a little old ukulele from a tub, fishing line and a piece of wood!

You then get to learn how to play it, before taking part in in a mass ukulele jam session...

It's completely FREE and is the workshop is open on a first come, first served basis.

Where and when you can take part...
The Utterly Butterly Ukelele Project takes place as part of the Brighton & Hove Food & drink Festival on 11 and 12 September from 11am-5pm at New Road, Brighton.

Go on, now's your chance to discover that hidden musical sticky back plastic required.

Find out more...
You can find out more about the project at or check out the video below for an idea of how it all works...

Oh and yes I know there's a 'brand' involved - but it's a really fun idea & top marks for a unique idea...


Friday, 13 August 2010

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

If last week's post about the new FARM market made you hungry then you best find yourself a snack before you carry on reading this as today I'm going to give you a sneak preview of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival.

This year you will get the chance to see two top celebrity food writers discussing their new books. Madhur Jaffrey is launching her first book in seven years, called Curry East, at the Komedia on 21st September and US chef and food author Anthony Bourdain will discuss his new book, Medium Raw, at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on 1st September.

However the main star of the festival is of course the food itself and there will be plenty of opportunities to sample and buy a variety of products. Popular events include the Big Sussex Market, A Regency Banquet and local food picnic. There will also be some tasting events including cheese, wine, sake and the new World Food Trail.

Of course this being a Brighton Festival there will be a couple of quirky events including a cigar dinner at Hotel du Vin where you will learn which wines & cigars go best with which dishes - something we've surely all wondered at one time or another! However the award for the most surreal event must go to The Utterly Butterly Ukulele Project. You will get to make your own ukulele from a tub, a fishing line and a piece of wood, learn how to play it and then everyone will join in for a ukulele jamming session!

This year the festival has so many events that it cannot all be contained in one month so it will run from 1st September - 7th October. For a full list of events go to:

Finally a quick reminder that there is still time to vote for your favourite restaurant, food pub, cafe and food shop in the food awards, go to: to cast your vote before the 10th September. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at the end of the festival.


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Brighton Farm Market

Sometimes our council switchboard gets a little confused and so I get calls from people enquiring about markets who are then a bit put out when I explain that I actually work in marketing not markets. But today I will cover both categories as I'm here to tell you about a new market which will be coming to Brighton next weekend.

Some of you will already be familiar with Farm Cafe on North Road (North Laine). All the produce on the menu has been sourced from the owners own farms so you are guaranteed a delicious and fresh meal.

Now they have taken this idea one step further and on Saturday 14th August they will launch the new Brighton Farm Market. The Market will be on from 9am - 3pm and will include local food from over 20 Sussex farmers. You can stuff your bags full of vegetables, meat, dairy, herbs, honey, fish and basically whatever takes you fancy then stay on and enjoy a tasty lunch in the Farm kitchen at the back of the market.

The good news is that this is not a one off, the market will be on every Saturday so make sure you pop along and have a look.

Does anyone else suddenly feel really hungry?!