Virtual Big Nibble Week 1: Horsham Markets

Week 1 Horsham Markets

The first week of our month-long Virtual Big Nibble food festival centres on Horsham Markets and their suppliers.

  • Meet Hilary Knight, Matt Gillan (who cooks up a storm in the Heritage Restaurant garden) and the traders at Horsham Markets in our videos below
  • Cook pork loin with Matt Gillan and bacon-wrapped monkfish with Horsham Markets
  • Take part in our Big Nibble photo competition
  • Join the Brewers, Growers and Distillers Trail online to win a fantastic prize
  • Do your bit to help others at this difficult time by bringing along a donation to the Horsham District FoodBank who will be having donation baskets in the Bishopric and Carfax Markets on Saturday. Plus, cook this week's charity partner recipe: Sausage and bean hotpot.

Offers throughout the festival

Food and drink producers and businesses across the District are running a range of promotional offers throughout the festival this year.

Meet Hilary Knight, founder of the Sussex Food and Drink Network

Hilary is a real ‘foodie’, who has been working in the local food and drink sector in Sussex for almost 20 years and has seen the Sussex food scene develop into the wonderful range of products and outlets that we see today. She has also been the driving force behind The Big Nibble Cookery Theatre for a number of years.

Hilary’s love of food and drink began in her early teenage years when catering for her parent’s parties and a subsequent career in the food and drink sector was inevitable. She is a qualified Home Economist has worked in many areas of the industry including product development, food PR, food styling, event catering and management, demonstration hosting and recipe writing and editing. Hilary runs the Sussex Food Network and is in contact with over a thousand food and drink businesses across Sussex and has been co-managing the Sussex Food and Drink Awards for the past fourteen years.

Watch her video here as she talks about this year’s Virtual Big Nibble.

Cook with Matt Gillan of Heritage Restaurant

Matt Gillan was a chef at South Lodge Hotel in Sussex from 2006 – 2016 and whilst at the hotel’s Camelia restaurant he received his first Michelin star, as well as 4 AA rosettes and 7/10 in the Good Food Guide.

In April 2016, Matt left The Pass and spent a couple of years working on his own projects, including the Pike & Pine restaurant in Brighton and his own Electro Pirate brand. He has also appeared in two on two seasons of Great British Menu to date, reaching the final banquet in his second appearance with his signature goat dish.

In late 2018, he stumbled upon an old pub – The Chequers Inn – not far from Horsham where he made his name. He took to Kickstarter to raise £60,000 required to turn the pub into a restaurant to call his own and raised the funds in just six days, finishing with a grand total of £89,000. Six months and a lot of hard graft later, Matt opened Heritage in Slaugham – a beautiful restaurant with rooms, a bar and lounge, and gorgeous views of verdant Sussex countryside.

Watch Matt cook loin of pork, Creamed Cabbage, Caramel Apples, Hazelnut and Celery Salad in the gardens of his beautiful Heritage restaurant. And don’t miss the short video at the end from Luke at the Horsham Cellar who will tell you all about the perfect wine to drink with this amazing dish

In the video below, Hilary Knight meets Matt Gillan and finds out more about his work.

Horsham General Market

Horsham General Market is open every Saturday on Bishopric. The market offers great value and quality. Their characterful traders call out and generate a real general market atmosphere, with an emphasis on great service and getting to know their customers. They also deliver through every Saturday.

Horsham Markets by Food Rocks

Amy and Simon at Food Rocks love organising our town centre market which offers a range of fabulous local produce, art and craft and wonderful street food. The market is shortlisted for The Sussex Food & Drink Awards ‘Best Farmers Market’ and many of our traders are finalists and former winners in their respective categories. The Saturday market in the Carfax continues the long history of markets in the town and is packed very Saturday full of the finest local and seasonal produce - meat, game, sausages, and fish, biltong, pies, cheese, fruit and vegetables, eggs, bread, cakes, preserves, fudge and a whole lot more! Please come and shop at 'Your Local Larder’.

To complement The Virtual Big Nibble, we have two special markets

Saturday 5 September 9am to 5pm - The Big Nibble Bite-Sized - The Local Larder

An expanded market with additional local produce stalls giving visitors a chance to sample and buy from our ‘Local Larder’.

All the amazing food of The Big Nibble spread around the Carfax and bandstand to allow for social distancing. Our regular traders will be joined by an exciting mix of traders selling charcuterie, cakes, cookies, jam, chocolates, plus beer, cider, wine and spirits.

Sunday 27 September 12 noon to 4pm - The Big Nibble Bite-Sized - Feast Horsham

A market of global street food prepared with local ingredients. Join us for a mouth-watering lunch from our regular Thursday and Saturday traders plus a handful of special guests.

Plus a splattering of local wine, ale and spirits from local producers.

Watch the video below to meet the traders at the Carfax.

Horsham Market recipe of the month

The first of a monthly series of recipes using produce from the market. This one by Food Rocks!

Bacon-Wrapped Monkfish with Mayfield Cheese Soufflé and Courgette Salad with a wine pairing suggestion from Luke at The Horsham Cellar.

Steyning Market

Steyning Food and Drink Festival launches on Saturday 5 September. Full details of events can be found on their website, and highlights for the week includes:

Sat 5 Farmers Market with special offers from stallholdersSteyning High Street

Sat 5 Allotment Competition Prizing Giving Farmers Market @ 11 am

Sat 5 Cocoa Loco Chocolate Tasting Sussex ProduceSteyning High Street

Sat 5 Apple Juicing Day with Steyning Community Orchard Fletchers Croft, Steyning

Sat 5 Star Gazing & Mulled WineThe Star and the Big Picnic Field Steyning

    Messy Harvest

    Each week, Horsham Churches Together will be sharing some Messy Harvest activities for children and families to enjoy based on the theme ‘All good gifts around us’.

    Messy Church is all about fun-filled family activities, available for all ages based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. To find a Messy Church near you.

    This week:

    • Watch of 'We plough the fields and scatter
    • Sing along to the Harvest Samba
    • Draw a Thankful Tree: Draw a tree, then make paper leaves and write something you are thankful for on each one. Stick them on the Thankful Tree.
    • Make mini fruit kebabs for a tasty treat
    • Paint with vegetables. Use cutters to make shapes in potatoes; break off cauliflower florets; use elastic bands to make a celery bunch. Then make your own pictures!
    Children's activities. Draw the Thankful Tree and make mini fruit kebabs