Now for the last few weeks I have been rather busy on a work placement. It is fun, but rather time consuming, and so I haven't spent nearly as much time as I usually do exploring this beautiful city that I live in. Last Saturday however I had a little bit of time free so popped into town, and was rather pleased I did. I spotted some marquees at the Old Steine that are not usually there, so thought I had better investigate.
I had stumbled across the Farmers market, which I had managed to miss thus far as it is only on every 3rd saturday of the month. The little market was packed full of little stalls selling fresh food, cakes and treats, and even naturally made cosmetics! I was very good and avoided some of the absolutely beautiful cupcakes on offer, and instead bought a picnic lunch for myself, and something for dinner.
The first thing that caught my eye was the stall for the Bluebird Tea Company. I'm a big tea fan as you may well know, and one of my favourite things in the world is iced tea. The stall had a big ice bucket filled with delicious looking homemade iced tea, so I just had to pick up one of this for my lunch. I went for a raspberry lemonade iced tea, served with fresh lemon wedges and strawberries. Yum!
For my lunch, I had a very tasty vegan chilli pie. Now I'm personally not a vegan, but as someone with dairy allergies, vegan food is often spot on. 99% of the time I have to miss out on pastry, with butter being a key ingredient, so having a delicious crusty pastry pie was a real treat!
I sat down to eat in one of my favourite spots in Brighton: the Pavilion gardens. The ground has recently been re-turfed, so I am very glad it is back, as I was actually a bit sad seeing it all bare and brown over the winter. If its not raining (and even when it is sometimes), the gardens are full of people relaxing, chatting, or even dosing off, and it is my favourite place to relax and read a book.
For my dinner, I picked up a big old tub of prawns. I have a bit of a weakness when it comes to seafood, I know many people find it gross, but I just can't resist some good fish! This tub cost me a reasonable £2, and I put it to good use for my dinner that evening, making a prawn and bacon paella, which if I may say so myself, was rather delicious!
So if you're around Brighton on the 3rd saturday of the month, I'd recommend you stop by the farmers market and pick up some fresh treats! Have you been before?
Labels: brighton, drink, farmers market, food, picnic