Food festivals are popular throughout Sussex, and they're happening this month. We love to celebrate our local produce and while food fairs are a great way to promote the charms of historic market towns and pretty villages, I guess they're also today's way of celebrating the harvest. Indeed, while in recent years they've tended towards the rather anodyne label of 'food and drink fairs', many seem to be rediscovering the 'harvest fair' tag - check out Pulborough and Parham's offerings this month, and confirmed carnivores may also like the Autumn Game Fair at Ardingly.
It's easy to forget when you buy your food from a large supermarket that through late summer and early autumn farmers have been working round the clock to bring in the grain harvest. If you've been out in the Sussex countryside you'll have seen combine harvesters in the fields - you've probably been stuck behind one in the car, too. It's part of rural life. Back when everyone mucked in at harvest time, the festivities afterwards were a way of celebrating not just the stores of winter grain but the community effort involved.
So do help us celebrate the Sussex harvest. And remember there are many uses for grain, so check out our beer festivals too - if you missed Ale at Amberley at the start of this month, there's always next year. Vineyard tours are popular and offer a chance to taste some amazing English wines.