OctoberFeast 2016: Vegetarian and Vegan Round-up

OctoberFeast 2016 boasts a good variety of events aimed at people following vegetarian, vegan or plants-based diets. This post will make it easy for you to find one to inspire, but this list is not exhaustive. If you would like to attend one of our other events, ask when booking as hosts will often be able to meet your needs.

The OctoberFeast pop-up suppers are always well-received, and this year we have 14 home-restaurants exploring different cuisines. A top pick is Alex at Kabak Food’s Middle Eastern and Turkish Feast on Weds 28th Sept, which caters to vegan, vegetarian and omnivores with equal care. The Vegetarian Gourmets of Grange Road on Sat 1st Oct is also a good choice, with all profits going to Medicins Sans Frontieres.

Adventurous types must try Jane Fairman and Ana Frearson’s Foraged and Fermented Feast on Fri 30th Sept which promises tastes of not-often-seen local ingredients. Jane and Ana are also hosting a day of foraging and fermentation workshops, complete with light-lunch on Sunday 2nd Oct.

Another workshop geared towards showing the exceptional possibilities of vegetarian food is Community Chef Robin Van Creveld’s Pan-Indian Cookery Tour on Thurs 6th, and Chloe Edwards’ workshop for teens is also veggie-friendly. The Feast & Food School at Harvey’s Back Yard on 17th Sept also promises to help expand your repertoire, with free workshops in sourdough bread, fermented drinks and spice cookery. Indian street food from Jahl Muri Express will ensure veggies are well catered for.

Another OctoberFeast regular, the Diversity Lewes International Soup Festival on Sun 25th, offers a wholesome and great value lunch for everyone. Throughout the festival, you must pop over to Chaula’s for their special 21st birthday Celebration Menu, offering great Gujarati food with a good range of vegan and vegetarian options.

The Tina’s Kitchen Organic Food & Wine Supper with wine expert Tom Surgey of Ridgeview offers an exceptional menu paired with delicious wines, all gluten free and with vegetarian options available. You can enjoy a meat-free Sunday Brunch from Seven Sisters Spices and VRAC on Sun 2nd and on Fri 23rd, A Rawlicious Feast at Iford Village Hall promises “vibrant raw vegan cuisine, bursting with energy and flavour”.

We’re also excited to say that chef John Bayley, a specialist in vegetarian, vegan and raw cuisine, will be hosting three supper clubs in Barcombe to raise money for Fareshare Sussex, The Alzheimers Society and Macmillan Cancer Support from Weds 28th to Fri 30th.

And last but not least, on Fri 30th Sara Grisewood is hosting a Vegetarian Harvest Dinner at Pleasant House, with natural and organic wines available. It’s a perfect way to say toodle pip to the former Pleasant Stores, one of our town’s favourite cafes which is soon closing, although proprietor Sara is still cooking up good things – we look forward to finding out what next…

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