Lewes Octoberfeast

September 26, 2019

 

 As Lewes Octoberfeast celebrates its tenth anniversary, its new organisers are hoping the month-long foodie festival will be the best yet.One of those organisers is Elisa Furci, the founder of Caccia & Tails. And it seems the event is in safe hands, as Elisa’s credentials include a stint running the London Food Festival.“When I heard the previous organisers wanted to pass it on, I immediately said I was interested,” she says, “then I roped in Chloe from Seven Sisters’ Spice, Jacob from The Feature Kitchen, and Robin the Community Chef. Ronald Dam, who is a local Lewes resident, is helping too, so we’re a team of five. As we’re all very busy, it’s been quite a challenge, but we’ve managed to pull everything together.”

One highlight of the festival is an evening with restaurateur and BBC chef Gennaro Contaldo. He will be ‘in conversation’ with Saturday Kitchen’s Olly Smith at the All Saints Centre on Saturday 19 October, after which the ‘Greedy Italian’ will be signing copies of his new book Pasta Perfecto. Food and drinks will be provided by Caccia & Tails.“We’re going to turn the All Saints Centre into an Italian Piazza with all the right lighting and everything,” explains Elisa, who is herself half-Italian, with roots in Genoa. “We’ll be transporting everyone to Italy at Aperitivo time, when everyone sits outside with a Campari or beer and eats plates of focaccia.”

For those in search of something more cosy, the Inglis Hall Secret Supper Club will be opening its doors on Fridays, Saturdays and one Sunday during the month. Places are restricted to ten people per evening, and hosts will include The Feature Kitchen, Seven Sisters’ Spice, One Supper Club, Merle’s Kitchen, Brighton restaurant Chilli Pepper, and Caccia & Tails. “Inglis Hall have a beautiful, fully functioning show kitchen and dining room at their premises at the Phoenix Works,” Elisa says. “It’s an amazing space, and there will be different people doing different things on different nights. Because numbers are limited, it will feel quite intimate, and people will be able to see the food being prepared and to chat to the chefs.”Some of the many other events on offer include free pop-up wine tastings at the Riverside every Saturday in October – see page 88 – and a Street Food Market on Saturday 12th in Harvey’s Yard.There’s also ‘And Everything Nice – Delightful Desserts and Nightcaps’, which takes place on the evenings of 11 and 12 October. “If you’ve been to an evening event without a dessert – or you want an extra one – you can go on to this,” Elisa enthuses. “It means you can combine it with an earlier event, or eat at home and then go out for dessert. In Italy, you often have dinner at home and then go out for ice cream. We should definitely adopt that custom over here!”

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