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Horsham’s Big Nibble food festival returns sporting a new Gin Veranda, Big Busk entertainment and much more

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There’ll be so much to explore in Horsham’s town centre this weekend (September 2-3), as the Big Nibble food festival kicks off the month long District Food and Drink Festival, organised by Horsham District Council.

New for 2017 are the Gin Veranda ‘talk and taste’ bar at the Carfax Amphitheatre Cookery Kitchen on Saturday, from 4pm to 5pm, and Sunday’s Big Busk Horsham, from 10am-4pm, presenting an exciting selection of street entertainers around the town.

On both days, visitors will embark on a ‘Food & Drink Safari’ around the Carfax, courtessy of ‘Horsham Markets by Food Rocks’, with four zones specially created for The Big Nibble: Fresh from the farm, bakery and sweet treats, street food, drinks and bars.

The Carfax will host the International and Local Live Cookery Theatre on both days, where top chefs and local producers will be seen at work in the kitchen for visitors to pick up great gourmet tips.

Parents with younger children can make their way to the Forum on Saturday and Sunday to experience the Little Nibble, sponsored by Leaders Estate Agents, for fantastic food based activities and entertainment, with help from a host of partners, including Messy Church, Cookies Kitchen, NFU Mutual, UK Harvest, Petals and Peace and Wagamama.

Springboard Project will celebrate their 25th Anniversary in the Horsham Park’s Nature Garden, with more family fun and a chill out zone for kids, and The Entertainer will present the Optimus Prime truck and a great Transformers competition in the Bishopric all on Saturday 2 September.

Back by popular demand, the Hepworth’s sponsored Horsham Beer Trail will run over both days, featuring samples from 14 town centre pubs, restaurants and Big Nibble market stalls.

Local makers get their own ‘Crafty Village’ in the Market Square over the weekend, at the heart of the wonderful sights, smells and sounds of the International Food Festival (this year organised by Japanese Restaurant, Wabi and friends) in and around East Street.

On Sunday 3 September only, the Horsham Bus Rally will feature a large collection of classic busses based at the Hop Oast Park & Ride car park with routes connecting the town and destinations around the district.

For more information on The Big Nibble, please visit: www.thebignibble.co.uk or, for all the latest details, please visit: www.facebook/TheBigNibble. Printable and downloadable event programmes are available online: www.horshamlocalproduce.co.uk. Free guides are available from any participating business or from the Horsham Visitor Centre and Markets.

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