Food and Drink Events
61 Ale at Amberley
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre
Near Arundel, West Sussex
Open: Standard Museum opening times are Wed to Sun, 10am to 5pm.
With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, there is so much to discover, learn and have fun at Amberley Museum. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East. Exhibits include our communications building, electricity hall, working printshop, and the lime kilns which date back to when the site was a working chalk quarry. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people such as the wheelwrights and blacksmith. You can also take a ride on the narrow gauge railway and historic buses to explore around the museum.
Event: Our 13th annual Ale festival, with local beers, ales and perries, and musical entertainment throughout the day and evenings. The event is pre-booked tickets only for the evening sessions on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September. Visit the Museum website events pages to book.
62 Auntie Val’s Ability Centre – Jam Buster Supreme
Chantry Trading Estate
Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Auntie Val’s Ability Centre is a not for profit social enterprise in Storrington. Our purpose is to provide opportunities to people with disabilities. We provide work experience and training to get as many into work as we can, in order to achieve this we make Jams, Marmalade, Chutney and Pickles. Our Artisan selection consists of 24 marmalades for the marmalade addict, a jamboree for the jammy dodgers, chutneys for the chutney chucklers and a ginger collection for the ginger nuts.
Event: Are you our Jam Buster Supreme 2018? Enter your jams in our competition to find the best jams in Sussex. Professional Masterchef Steven Edwards is Judging at 10am on 22nd September in Amberly Museum. Entries to be received by 4pm on 19th September 2018. Contact 01903 746748 for further information.
63 Brinsbury Campus, Chichester College – Foraging Walk
Stane Street, North Heath, Pulborough
Brinsbury is the countryside campus of Chichester College. We offer a range of landbased courses across animal management, equine, agriculture, horticulture, forestry and arboriculture, dog grooming, vet nursing. We also offer engineering, blacksmithing, furniture making, motor vehicles, SEN foundation programmes and commercial short courses.
Event: Thursday 20th September 6pm to 8pm. Foraging Walk including a talk from the Farm Manager on the value of a grass based dairy system. You will be able to explore the beautiful college estate, pick your own countryside foods to take home, including some apples from our heritage orchard.
64 Christ’s Hospital – Lunchtime concert with local produce lunch
Christ’s Hospital School
Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12 noon (term time only).
Christ’s Hospital is a boarding school and Charitable Foundation established in 1552 for boys and girls. The school has a very active Performing Arts Programme and lovers of music and drama are sure to find something to appeal in each term’s programme of events. Concerts, recitals, plays, comedy and shows are held each term within the grounds, including the impressive 500 seat theatre, beautiful Chapel and magnificent ‘Big School’.
Event: Tuesday 25th September. A Special lunchtime concert featuring the best of Christ Hospital’s musical talent and lunch at noon, provided by our on-site chefs using fresh local produce. Also watch the famous student marching band before the concert begins at 1.35pm. Tickets £20 each, advance purchase only. Cash bar available.
65 Greyhound Brewery – Brew Day Open Day
Watershed, Smock Alley
Open: For mini festivals and events. Plus brewery tours by appointment – call first please.
Now in their fourth year, they have been going from strength to strength – Sussex Food and Drink Awards finalists for two years. Their traditionally made contemporary Cask and Craft Ales have won another award, this time for Rainbow eyes, a 5.2 copper ale, now a Champion Ale of Britain! Check out their beers from COSMOS, a pale ale in cast or cool keg, through to dark porters. Greyhound is also brewing Ballards Ales, founded in1980; you may remember Ballards Best (THE BEST), a former Champion beer of Britain come and see their full range of traditional ales.
Event: Greyhound will be having a Brew Day open day EVENT on Saturday 29th September at the Brewery in West Chiltington RH20 2QX (with parking in the field if it gets busy). It will be quite informal so come to relax and enjoy a beer in convivial company. We will open at 10.30am and close at 6.30pm. Meet the brewing team, maybe learn a bit, have some fun and sample our Greyhound and Ballards beers. Take draft ales home in 4-pint growlers, 10 and 20 litre boxes or in bottles.
66 Horsham Beer Festival 2018
Tickets from: The Beer Essentials
30a East Street
Horsham, West Sussex
Event: This will be the 15th Festival and it is being held, as usual, at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham. The dates are Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. There are 3 sessions, 12 noon to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm Saturday, and 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets are £8 per session and the price includes a Festival glass. Hot and cold food will be available at all sessions along with live entertainment. Tickets sell out quite fast so it is worth ‘getting in early’! Tickets are only available from The Beer Essentials.
67 Pink Gift Fair
At Horsham District Council Offices
Parkside, Chart Way
Event: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 9am to 4pm. A Charity fair of two halves with retail therapy and wellbeing taster sessions and talks each day. Over 50 stalls under one roof at Parkside, Horsham, with all the money raised going to the Sussex Cancer Research laboratories that seek to find cures for all 200 types of cancer. Merry-go-round outside and abundance of stalls inside, it is an event that is so much more than a charity fair, it is set to be a real tonic for all concerned this September. Admission is £3 and includes a lucky raffle ticket.
68 Pulborough Harvest Fair
Organised by Pulborough Community Partnership
East Glebe Field
RH20 1AD (note this is the event address and not a postal address).
Tel: 07540 055934
Event: Saturday 22nd September, 11am to 5pm. Pulborough’s annual Harvest Fair is a FREE fun day out for the family. The Fair celebrates the best of local foods with stalls selling Sussex food and drink. There are country crafts, farm animals, farming equipment, arena entertainment including Tomfoolery and music from Chance. Also competitions, teddies on a zip wire, a traditional fun fair and lots more. On the East Glebe Field opposite the Parish Church, with free parking and a courtesy bus available. Come and have a great day out. Contact Sallyanne Smith by email or telephone for further information.
69 The Linseed Farm – Ploughman’s Lunch and Linseed Oil Talk
Muntham Home Farm
Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Open 24 hours on the web.
These days often the discussion is about food and health. The Linseed Farm goes the extra mile to help understand more and support more change. We have learnt about fat which is one of the most important raw materials the body needs, but it’s the most abused. Almost all aspects of health from mental health to cancer prevention are now being lnked to food, we read this daily in newspapers. Love linseed, it’s a superfood.
Event: Sunday 9th September – Ploughmans lunch and talk. Watch the oil being pressed and see the linseed and flax museum and art gallery. Arrive at 10.30am for coffee and registration. Finish at approximately 2.30pm. Cost is £15 per person with a free gift of 60 linseed pods.
70 Trenchmore Farm – Open Farm
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.
Established in 1275 when Trenchmore was built! Families have been living in our house and farming the same fields for a long time. We planted our traditional cider orchard in 2012 and started building up our beef herd of Sussex cows which we cross with our Red Wagyu bulls. Our grass loving mowing and feeding cattle are helping rebuild the Wealden clay soils along with tonnes of FYM and compost which we add each year to build the carbon content, as well as feed our Heritage Wheat which is small batch stonemilled and sold locally as flour and whole as wheat berries.
Event: Open Farm Saturday 8th September 11am to 1pm. Tour the farm, meet the farmers and hear more about our apples for Silly Moo cider annual swap. How our grass along with some brewer’s grains from Two Tribes and meal from The Flax Farm are turned into delicious Sussex x Wagyu beef and how our trial growing of low input, shoulder high, heritage wheat has gone. Sussex Farmers of the Year 2017. Places limited please contact to reserve yours.
71 Village Greens Farm Shop Ltd – Ockley Food Fair
Open: Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday 11am to 4pm.
Now in our 12th year, Village Greens continues to stock some of the best Sussex and Surrey produce. As well as local free-range chicken, sausages, pies and meat we have a range of local cheeses, cakes, wines and spirits (including gin!) and most importantly seasonal vegetables “in tip top condition – and with TASTE”. We grow a selection of vegetables in our market garden and also stock a wide range of organic and fair-trade groceries in line with our motto: “local, natural, ethical”. Our friendly family-run shop is like a farmer’s market on your doorstep!
Event: The annual Village Greens Ockley Food Fair is on Saturday 22nd September. It will showcase the very best of our local Sussex and Surrey producers at a special farmers’ market. Come along to meet producers, enjoy a BBQ, local beer, free tastings, kids’ activities. 12 noon to 4pm. Free admission.
72 West Grinstead and District Ploughing Match and Agricultural Society
Event venue: Priors Byne Farm (by kind invitation of John Ford and Family)
Event: Saturday 15th September 9.30am. The Annual West Grinstead Ploughing Match and Show. £6 entry with children under 14 free. Twelve different ploughing classes including Vintage, Novice and Open, plus Horse and Steam Ploughing. Hedge laying and cutting demos, welding and other craft skills. Livestock show with cattle and sheep classes. Try the coconut shy or skittles or watch the farrier display. Cheer on the teams in the bale hefting or tug-of-war and see the sheep shearing and livestock displays. Harris’ fun fair plus ferret racing, clay shoot and gun dog scurry. Full range of local catering outlets and produce including licensed bar with range of local ales. Hop on a tractor and trailer ride to see all the show has to offer.