Foodies Festival is a series of food festivals held across the UK, now in its 11th year. My brother had some free tickets for the Brighton and Hove one, so we headed along to Hove Lawns to see what all the fuss was about.

We made our way through the crowds, stopping to try chilli sauces and cheese, before getting on with the serious business of eating as much of the food and drink on offer as humanly possible. We had pork buns, burgers, paella, churros, calamari, chips, sausage rolls, rum based cocktails, gin based cocktails, vodka based cocktails, beer, wine, prosecco, sangria… You get the idea.

There was a giant teapot serving Pimms, and a pirate ship with rum, but they among the few places we didn’t try – they were extremely popular because everyone loves a bit of novelty value. We decided that queuing time would cut into our valuable eating time and went to the less busy stands.

Brighton Foodies Festival 2016
Brighton Foodies Festival 2016
Brighton Foodies Festival 2016
Brighton Foodies Festival 2016
Brighton Foodies Festival 2016
Brighton Foodies Festival 2016
Brighton Foodies Festival 2016
Brighton Foodies Festival 2016

Worth It?

Tickets for the Foodies Festival are £14 each, which I think is a bit steep when you’re expected to pay for the food and drink available inside. We’d previously decided not to go because of this, even when we saw a buy one get one free deal on tickets. For that £14 you get entry to the show and access to everything. For £35 you also get a glass of bubbly, hot drinks, a goodie bag, and access to the VIP lounge and loos.

There are quite a few food-based events on Hove Lawns throughout the year, and while I think this one is bigger than most, and has a lot more going on in terms of cooking demonstrations, some of the other events have free entry. If you’re interested in the demonstrations, then go for it, but if you just want to eat food and not spend too much, there may be better options for you.