Fabulous food festival is a ‘flavour of seaside’

DM1511575a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Karen Sanding-Knight (Daisy Moo Bakehouse). Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194344008
DM1511575a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Karen Sanding-Knight (Daisy Moo Bakehouse). Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194344008

HUNGRY visitors sampled tasty treats and picked up cooking tips from celebrity chefs at a two-day seafront food festival at the weekend.

Traders from across the Herald and Gazette patch joined others from London and Brighton at the Worthing Food and Drink Festival, held along the promenade and Pavilion theatre.

DM1511717a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Jonathan and Rosanne Nulty (Vice Puddings). Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194651008

DM1511717a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Jonathan and Rosanne Nulty (Vice Puddings). Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194651008

The fourth festival invited two celebrity chefs for the first time, with Rosemary Shrager and Jean-Christophe Novelli attracting crowds of food lovers.

Town centre manger Sharon Clarke said: “It went very well. This year had about 50 per cent more stalls than last year and more children’s activities after feedback from last year.

“People liked the fact we had a celebrity chef each day and we found they were coming back for both days to see each of the chefs. Overall feedback has been very positive.”

The festival, paid for by Worthing Town Centre Initiative, saw half of stalls assigned to town centre traders, as subsidies from the businesses go into running the business improvement district.

DM1511701a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Sophia Chimonides left and Rosie Lavarez. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194640008

DM1511701a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Sophia Chimonides left and Rosie Lavarez. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194640008

But this year saw stalls travel from far and wide, with Spanish donut sellers from London and Indian cuisine from Brighton among them.

Mrs Clarke said: “The stalls were mostly Sussex-based and we had quite a lot from Brighton this year and it was nice to see them being positive about how Worthing was changing.”

French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli took part in live cookery demonstrations on Saturday, before handing over the baton to Shrager on Sunday.

A stage outside the Pavilion hosted music acts, including singing chef Johnny Zero, of Worthing firm Vice Puddings.

DM1511558a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Shannon Mussell 7 entered the doughnut eating competition. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194323008

DM1511558a.jpg Worthing Food Festival. Shannon Mussell 7 entered the doughnut eating competition. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150507-194323008

Stalls stretched from the Denton Lounge to the beach office.

The first two versions of the festival were held in a marquee in Steyne Gardens but it was moved to the Pavilion as it was judged to be a better location.

“Everybody had a smile on their face,” added Mrs Clarke.

“By having it on the seafront, I think it gives us a bit of a unique selling point. Our tag line is ‘a flavour of the seaside’.”