Foodies Festival - Brighton
Foodies Festival Brighton – The Media Company Publications
Foodies Festivals or The Media Company Publications have been holding these events throughout the UK for over 13 years. The Festival was born in 2006 in Edinburgh, founder Sue Hitchin’s home city. Sue wanted to start a fun, family festival that celebrated local food & drink produce
Brighton Foodies festival is the first of 12 food festivals throughout the summer season, located right down on the beach on Hove gardens. As you can imagine this event attracts lots of street food traders and plenty local people. The festival is packed with bars, food vendors. Market traders and promotional companies. The festival is always held on the first Bank holiday of the year and you will be expected to trade from 11am Saturday closing up at around 9pm. Sunday hours are the same and bank holiday Monday you will be closing at around 6pm.
The Brighton festival last year (2018) had Live music from The Hoosiers and Top Loader. Also, food and drink workshops. Masterclasses and the UK’s top chefs showing off what they can do. You can watch Masterchef winners and Bake-Off winners doing their thing too. There’s a kid’s zone and cookery theatre as well.
If you can get yourself near a bar or closer to the main stage you’ll probably to better, although they stack out the festival site with hot food traders, so its more like fingers crossed you’ll get a share of the pie.
The Footfall last year was ok, not as good as 2017. The event staff will exaggerate the footfall in my opinion, but I reckon there was around 9k people over 3 days.
Service for the trader
The service from the foodie’s team is ok, the problem was that the 9k+ footfall was being shared out between over 50 food traders. But in fairness they won’t double up on food types so it gives you a fighting chance.
The only big inconvenience with this festival is how far away the trader parking is. It’s a good 15min walk from car park to festival, this is not Foodies fault as the festival site is pretty tight. That being said it’s a nice walk along the beach front especially if you’re hanging!
The pitch fees are a bit more expensive than you would want to pay so you have to sell a fair few crepes to make it worth it.
Build and Break
Build day is very chilled and easily accessible. Break down is a different story, with the site being fairly tight traders dump vans everywhere making it a nightmare to pack up. I have always waited till the very end and let all the traders in a rush to do one.
Pitch fee: 5/10
Verdict: 3 stars
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