Bon appetit in Horsham and Steyning!
British Food Fortnight starts this month and where local produce is concerned Sussex can hold its head up and celebrate with the best. If you're staying in one of our Sussex holiday properties (click here to view the selection) you're bound to come across one of the local food festivals - either in one of our historic market towns, or perhaps in the local pub where they pride themselves on serving quality local fayre.
Horsham and Steyning both start month-long food and drink festivals on 6th September and it's not just market stalls and town-centre events - look out for anything from foodie quizzes in pubs to ploughing matches and beer launches, brewery tours, cookery workshops and 'walk and eat' events.
Other towns, villages and venues have shorter celebrations of the local stuff: Hastings Seafood & Wine festival (20th - 21st) sounds particularly appetising, purely because I happen to love both seafood and wine, but there's also the Big Bite Artisan Food festival at Bognor (13th-14th), the two-week Lewes Octoberfest starting on 20th and an Autumn Foraging Day at Parham House on 28th, to name just a few. (Talking of festivals, by the way, I heard that a lot of pensioners from Notting Hill went down to Eastbourne by coach to escape the carnival on their own streets last month!)
I think that when you're on a self-catering holiday these festivals and events are a great way of getting to the heart of the place - I'm trying not to say things like 'getting a taste of the region' or 'sampling the true flavour of Sussex' but it's hard to resist... and whether you're staying in one of our cosy cottages, a luxury let or a seafront apartment, you'll be ideally placed to get involved. After all, when you're on holiday it's nice to make your meals a bit different from the everyday - and whether that means evenings out in local restaurants, lunches in cosy country pubs or buying fresh local produce to cook yourself, Sussex offers a wealth of choice.