For a country renowned for its drab weather it was good to see the sun shining in all its glory last Saturday. Not least because this was the day that the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival launched a new monthly farmers market, after much lobbying to get the event off the ground.
I arrived characteristically late but the market was still thronged with visitors. Judging from the smiles on the traders’ faces this inaugural event had been a success. So much so that some had been able to pack up early because they had sold all their wares.
Luckily there was plenty of delicious produce left to tickle my fancy. There were intricately decorated biscuits and scrumptious cakes from Cake Gusto and Cloud 9; a heady array of spices to pep up even the blandest of meals from Pinch Seasonings and a myriad of colourful fruit and vegetables.
The market is situated close to the War Memorial on the Old Steine. It’s presently quite compact but hopefully it will grow as more people visit it. So why not plan to visit Brighton on the third Saturday of the month and fill your baskets with some delicious local produce?
If you prefer to have your lunch cooked for you don’t forget to check out the forthcoming weekly Street Food Market. It will be launched on Friday, 26 April from 11am until 3pm in the Brighthelm Gardens on Queens Road.