SCRUMPTIOUS SUSSEX! A TALK AND Q&A WITH KEVIN NEWMAN, AUTHOR OF ‘POND PUDDINGS AND SUSSEX SMOKIES’ – SUSSEX’S FOOD AND DRINK

Kevin Newman, author of over a dozen books and publications on Sussex presents an evening of all things food and drink from Sussex’s past and present, based on his bestselling book, ‘Pond Puddings and Sussex Smokies – Sussex’s Food and Drink’. The evening will include a talk, a chance to test your knowledge of the county’s culinary past and a Q&A session at the end.

In this talk, local author Kevin Newman explores the county’s culinary history and specialities, together with its famous food and drink producers, markets and food-themed events.

Starting with an exploration of interesting and unusual Sussex dishes and drinks, as well as the people behind them, Newman tells of wonderful watering holes and incredible eating places from across the centuries such as ‘Pacy’s Blood Hole’ and a hotel where Christmas puddings meet an unusual fate. We will look at the county’s past and present food-themed customs and traditions, foodie and drinking locations to visit and investigate the quirky stories behind many locally brewed beers. He explains how ‘Dirty Arthur’ became dirty, how a prince provided school dinners, how a local member of the clergy ended up as a Fijian feast and why ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ wasn’t in a fight. We learn how it’s impossible to eat a ‘dish of tongues’ but how you could chomp on ‘the Devil’s children’ in the past!

The evening will include a lively talk on Sussex’s known and lesser-known comestibles and tipples down the decades as well as fantastic food.

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