Make Arundel your base when you visit these Food and Drinks Festivals…
Although the Arundel Food Festival has been on hiatus for the last few years there’s still loads of great festivals for foodies to enjoy in the surrounding areas.
Food festivals are a dime a dozen these days, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the urban events that have popped up over the last few years pale in comparison to those found in the countryside. Unlike the large scale commercial ventures that have proved to be a magnet for urbanites, the festivals we’ve featured here are community run affairs that shine a spotlight on the very best artisan craftsmen and local producers.
Book into one of the many excellent B&Bs or hotels in Arundel and spend a weekend indulging in your favourite foods – you might even discover some new ones along the way!
West Dean Chilli Fiesta
The nearby West Dean Gardens truly come alive during August each year when literally thousands of chilli-lovers make the pilgrimage to the West Dean Gardens Chilli Festival. The festival has been run for over two decades now and presents visitors with over 200 species of chillis in West Dean’s picturesque Victorian Glasshouses. You’ll be able to bone up on chilli growing techniques, watch cooking demonstrations and taste every conceivable kind of chilli product. Once you’ve eaten your fill you can dance your socks off to Latin tunes and even learn how dance the Salsa!
The Arundel Festival has been running for 40 years now and has become a key date in the community’s social calendar. Not only is there a bounty of live music and performers to enjoy throughout the 10-day festival, but there’s also some fantastic food on offer courtesy of The Swan Hotel, The Burger Shop and The Loft. The festival is absolutely ram-packed with a huge variety of events both free and ticketed. Free street theatre keep the town buzzing throughout the 10-days, but it’s the annual Dragon Boat Race that consistently provides the biggest spectacle.
Weald & Downland Living Museum Food Festival
This award-winning museum should definitely be on your list of things to do if you’re thinking about visiting the area, first opening to the public in 1970 the exhibits focus on the preservation of historic buildings many of which have been transported in their entirety to escape demolition. Although it might seem like the organisers are temping fate by hosting open flames so close to these old buildings the annual Food Festival has proved to be a real hit, attracting celebrity chefs and top demonstrators.
Craft Beer & Gin Festival at The Norfolk Tap
It was only matter of time before a fashionable craft beer came to Arundel and The Norfolk Tap ticks all the relevant boxes: trendy styling, wide range of beers from all around the world and some truly winning events. On top of pub quizzes, free cheese afternoons and movie nights, they also run an annual Craft Beer & Gin Festival that showcases dozens of beers from the West Sussex, as well as highlighting the talents of local mixologists and musicians. This year expect to see award-winning produce from Liverpool Gin Distillery make it’s way across the country, as well as plenty more tasty treats!