Sussex may not seem an obvious candidate when you talk about famous food and drink from a county, but like many others in the UK, it still has its specialities, and certainly makes good use of the produce at its disposal.
Although it has never been discovered exactly why the Sussex Pond Pudding was named after the county, this traditional pudding from the suet family, has had a long association with this part of the world. If you do a google search you’ll find current recipes from well-known chefs, and some interesting debate about how the recipe has evolved over the years.
Sussex isn’t just a place for people with a sweet tooth though, as this is a county that has a variety of culinary influences, and a creativity that knows no bounds when it comes to using local produce. Some of the products available include Sussex apple juice, locally produced potato cakes, preserves and pickles, and ice cream made in local dairies. It’s a great county to visit if you enjoy seafood as well, with catches coming straight off the boats in the coastal towns of Hastings, Shoreham, and Newhaven.
No mention of food and drink would be complete though, without mentioning Sussex cheese. There are around 85 different varieties produced across Sussex, some of which have awards to their names. Cheeses include the Sussex Slipcote, Sussex Cheddar (Tremains) an organic cheese, and Scrumpy Sussex, made with garlic, cider, and herbs. If this isn’t enough to make your mouths water, read on to find out about two food events that will showcase many more Sussex specialities:
Sussex Food And Drink Awards
Sussex is a county that is proud of its produce, from the sparkling wines that come from the vineyards, to the fresh fish that is caught on the coastal waters, and the ice cream made in the dairies. There are a large variety of county specialities, traditional recipes that still thrive, and other local produce which is celebrated at this event, with producers, suppliers, chefs, and foodie events all winning awards. Finalists are nominated by the public, with an awards ceremony open to all. If you want to find out more about food and drink in Sussex, maybe you should be there.
Sussex Food Festival
The Bluebell Railway hosts an annual event at one of their stations, with exhibits and stalls from local Sussex food and drink businesses. The event celebrates local, seasonal, and in some cases organic produce, which includes ice cream, traditional sausages, and famous Sussex cheeses. The festival also features sparkling wines from the Bluebell Vineyard.
This is just one of the food and drink events you’ll find in Sussex. There are events large and small throughout the county, in fact you could say there are food festivals for all seasons! The events schedule in 2012 has included:
- Rye Bay Scallop Week (Spring)
- Sussex Beer Festival, Brighton and Hove (Spring)
- The South Of England Show, Ardingly Showground (Summer)
- Taste Of The World, Arundel (Summer)
- Apple Affair, Chichester (Autumn)
- Festive Food and Drink Fair, Ardingly Showground (Winter)