Dade Freeman
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Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

Last weekend I went to the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival to photograph the stalls and what a selection there was on offer, from delicious cupcakes to hog roasts, from locally produced fare to offerings from around the globe. This event had a good turnout and fitted in nicely with the Brighton Marathon which was run on the Sunday - after running 26 miles I'd be peckish! This bit of the festival was just one part of a larger pie, so to speak - there were events happening all over Brighton in restaurants, on buses, in food markets etc. What drew me to this event were the facts that it was open air (on two glorious sunny days), it was full of colours, smells and local interest but best of all, it was free! Some of the other festival events have to be paid for.

While making my way around the festival, I chatted with the stallholders about business, the produce, the turnout and that great British favourite - the weather! They were all warm and friendly and only too happy to share their passion for food. Several stalls stood out to me for various reasons - their expertise, the quality produce, the colour or the delicious looking and smelling produce.

Honourable mentions go to:

Cakey Pig, who make amazing bespoke cupcakes and wedding cakes from locally sourced ingredients, and they're a very friendly team to boot. Moksha Caffé, who kindly supplied me with coffee while I photographed their stall, which offered an array of goodies such as cakes, muffins as well as delicious coffee and tea. Raw Goodies, who simply seemed to be high on the raw chocolate products they supply in many different forms - chocolate bars, liquid, powder and covered fruit. Kush Cuisine, whose delightful-looking  jars and award-winning preserves caught my eye. This husband and wife team look to be onto a sure winner. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, this is England's oldest organic vineyard and offers a great selection of wines to suit all palettes. Pyrenees Honey, from the mountains and remote valleys of Spain and delivered right to your door in time for breakfast. Med Fine Food, whose stall was full of fresh, colourful, mouthwatering produce such as olives, nuts and dried fruits.

The main festival will take place from 1-30 September. Until then, click the slideshow below to whet your appetite.