The Big Nibble

The two day event launches the month long Horsham District Food and Drink Festival which will run from the 2 September until the 1 October 2017.

Festival Calendar

Have a quick glance at the month-long events calendar dates. They also point you to pages in our published programme guide.

Sussex Food & Drink Awards

Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2017 winners.

Each year there is an opportunity to vote for your favourite business in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards!

Registration now open! 

You are welcome to register as a participant in next year’s event, from October 2017, if you are involved in the food industry and your business is within the Horsham District.

Reward Your Taste Buds!

Four weeks of Fantastic Festival Events, Offers & Promotions

There is no better place to be this September for food and drink lovers than the Horsham District. Whether you have a craving for carefully crafted cheeses, an avid appetite for ale or a taste for tantalising treats from traders in the local market, this year’s Food and Drink Festival is where you will satisfy your most delicious desires.

Organised by Horsham District Council, this year’s Festival runs from the first weekend of September when the Big Nibble once again fills Horsham Town with fantastic aromas, until Sunday 1 October. Four weeks of fantastic special offers, events and promotions are available in one beautiful Local Food and Drink Guide containing all the contact details for every business taking part and a handy map to help you locate them. Keep it for the year – you never know when you might need it!

Take a look at the short video below of the Symes Family as they take a foodie trip around Horsham District enjoying the delightful foods and drinks that the area has on offer.

‘Food and Drink, Your Local Guide 2017/18’ is now available online here and in hard copy from participating businesses as well as other popular outlets. If you’d like one sent to you please email

Event Programmes:

Restaurants, Bistros, Cafes & Pubs

An amazing variety of eateries to satisfy every foodie’s desire.

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Local Produce Markets

At markets across the District, people are guaranteed to find the highest quality victuals to make any dish dazzle.

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Drink Producers

This year’s Guide showcases the work of old favourite brewers such as Dark Star, Hepworths, Kissingate, Weltons and Wobblegate Juices.

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Farms & Farm Shops

Our district has an abundance of farms and farm shops producing and selling the most amazing fresh, local produce.

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Local Producers & Retailers

An abundance of shops and producers ensuring you as a customer never goes hungry or thirsty.

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Food and Drink Events

All the events across the District, from Ploughing match to Harvest Fair. View events by date on the Festival Calendar page.

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Market Towns

For the very first time, we are showcasing events and offers from businesses across the District’s Market Towns.

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Steyning & District Festival

Business owners in the beautiful market town of Steyning, organise their own ‘Festival within a Festival’.

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“As long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for a time being”

— Franz Kafka

About The Festival

This year sees the 15th edition of the magnificent Horsham District Food and Drink Festival and this website is your one stop shop for all things tasty from the Horsham district’s rather full and delicious natural larder.

The District has an immense reputation for locally produced and sourced food and drink, envied by many across the South of England; witness the number of local foodie businesses recognised over the past decade at the annual Sussex Food and Drink Awards and you’ll realise that the Horsham district is the place to come to taste the best local produce and the best tasting food and drink.

Try out dozens of special Festival offers and events provided by our businesses. Just browse around, find the offer for, book if requested, and take our printed guide or the downloaded version on your device with you. Remember, you only have the festival dates – 2 September to 1 October 2017 to take advantage of the offers and events.

The new Local Food and Drink Guide will be available in August so keep an eye out or contact the Council to pre-order your copy.

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