Attracting 25,000 people, Brighton’s Foodies Festival is not to be missed – and with Buxted Park Hotel less than an hour away it is the perfect base from which to explore

The family friendly food festival was established eleven years ago, and across the series of ten festivals last year attracted in excess of 300,000 visitors. This year, the UK's largest food festival, returns to Brighton Hove Lawns in East Sussex on April 29 until May 1. It will host Michelin starred chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre while in the Children’s Cookery Theatre kids can learn how to cook. 

In addition, the Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room will be welcoming baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and Great British Bake Off Winner 2016 Candice Brown, who will be inspiring you to create show-stopping sweet treats. Or if you prefer something savoury, Street Food Avenue features food from all corners of the world including Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, Turkey, India, Korea, Mexico, France and Africa. 

There will be plenty of opportunities to shop as well from the Artisan Producers Market Shop while at the Sip - Drinks Theatre, expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Matt Ottley, will be hosting champagne and wine masterclasses. Beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole will also be on-hand with craft beer tutorials. With live music, pop-up bars and plenty of other activities to keep the entire family entertained – including the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge, there is plenty to see and do over the three days so why not make a weekend getaway of it and stay at the nearby Buxted Park Hotel, in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. 

Just 24 miles from Brighton Hove Lawns, Buxted Park Hotel is an elegant Palladian country house set in 312 acres of the finest Ashdown Forest parkland – the ideal retreat after a day of feasting on foodie celebrations. Going hand-in-hand with UK’s food festivals, Buxted Park Hotel has been awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence and offers a great wine list, as well as private dining rooms. We take great pride in using locally-sourced ingredients and grow our own herbs in the grounds of our hotel – our chefs will even try to forage for any wild produce wherever they can.

For more information about the Brighton Foodie Festival click here.