If you love food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then Lewes OctoberFeast food festival is going to be right up your street. Now celebrating its sixth year, the festival returns to the gorgeous town of Lewes for three weeks this autumn. What better way to welcome in the new season of mists and mellow fruitfulness than with a celebration of the harvest of local producers and farmers?

In 2015, OctoberFeast is running from 18th September right through to 4th October, with a range of exciting gastronomy-related events throughout Lewes. The festival began as a small charitable event supporting sustainable and creative food and drink from the south east, and continues to run specifically for that purpose. If you’re all for supporting locally-produced food and sustainable4 farming practices, then that’s all the more reason to pay OctoberFeast a visit.

The highlight of this year’s festival promises to be a guest talk and signing from none other than TV chef, Rick Stein. He’ll be visiting the All Saints Centre in Lewes on 22nd September to talk with Mark Ridgwell, trustee of OctoberFeast and author of ‘Spirits Distilled’, from 7.15pm. You can also get an exclusive copy of Rick’s new book, ‘From Venice to Istanbul: Discovering the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean’, which he’ll be happy to sign for you!

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s in store at OctoberFeast this year. The festival kicks off on 18th September with the weekly Friday Food Market, continuing with Lewes Farmers’ Market the next day. Along with the Farmers’ Market, you can also try your hand at apple pressing with a day-long event at the Linklater Pavilion. Or, check out Diversity Lewes Soup Festival, then celebrate in the evening with a visit to Super Supper at Tina’s Kitchen, featuring a delicious four-course meal at one of Lewes’ favourite restaurants. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then how about the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern supper at a pop up restaurant on Grange Road?

These are just events on the first and second day of the festival, but there are absolutely tonnes more to enjoy over the duration. If you’d like to find out more, click here.

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit the south east, and OctoberFeast is just one of literally hundreds of events going on all over the region. Make our comfortable Gatwick B&B your base, and enjoy everything that this beautiful part of England has to offer, all within easy reach of our guest house in Gatwick. If you bring your car, you’ll find it easy to explore all the quaint villages, bustling towns and cities, but even if you don’t, Gatwick train station is just a few minutes’ away, and you can be riding the rails up to the capital or down to the coast in no time.

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