This October is Good Food East Sussex Month

In October 2023, organisations and communities across East Sussex will be coming together to hold the first ever Good Food East Sussex Month. 

There will be a series of events across the county celebrating everything food in East Sussex, and exploring how we can build a food system that works for our people, our economy and environment. Find out what’s going on by getting in touch with your local food partnership: Lewes District Food Partnership @lewesdistrictfoodpartnership


Food summits, talks and discussions, volunteering, apple harvesting, picking and preserving workshops! Plus events around Challenge Poverty Week 16th-22nd of October. 

How to get involved…

  1. One of the goals of the month is to promote local food businesses and organisations, so we’re asking everyone to get in touch and share with us your favourite local places to eat.
  2. Sign up to one of the events we have on across the county – email to be added to the mailing list for updates across East Sussex. Or for info about what’s happening in the Lewes District.
  3. Share the Good Food East Sussex Month calendar of events, for example putting it up in your shop window, reception, adding it to your newsletter etc.
  4. Host a one-off food related event such as planting day at a community garden or community meal, or promote any events you’re already holding in October by sharing it in the Good Food East Sussex Month calendar. *GRANTS AVAILABLE*

What's happening in Lewes District during Good Food for East Sussex Month:


  • Lewes District Food Partnership’s annual Food Summit will be at Plumpton College on the 18th of October, the day will feature a number of talks and discussions around the theme of ‘Food Sustainability’ – get in touch at info@lewesdistrictfoodpartnership for more info.
  • Lewes Climate Hub ‘Food Festival’ from the 11th – 28th of October – ‘Making the Most of Our Food’. Events, workshops, pickling and preserving to apple tasting. Make sure to check their website details for times and dates of events:
  • Pop-up exhibitions of the Feeling the Pinch Have Your Say project – amplifying voices of residents through the cost-of-living crisis and those that are experiencing food insecurity – 19th-22nd of October at Lewes Climate Hub and other locations TBC (
  • 28th of October – Mayors Halloween Ball in Lewes – raising money for food banks. Get in touch with Lewes Town Council for more info.
  • Plus Workshops on growing fruit trees at Friends of Bishopstone Station, North Indian Cooking Course by the Community Chef, The Sussex Supper Club in Newhaven by Hospitable Environment


Come up with another idea – we’d love to hear other ideas you have, just email us at

We have a network of local businesses and community chefs that could cater your meal, please get in touch at for more information.

For more information about Good Food East Sussex and the month of events, download the full brief here

Small Grants Available for Community Food Events in October Good Food Month East Sussex

Got an idea for a community lunch, cookery workshop, celebration around community gardening and harvests which connects more people in the community to local food?
We’re looking to hear from existing groups in Lewes District that would like to put on a community food event during October Good Food East Sussex Month.
The aim of Good Food East Sussex Month is to show all the great work that is happening across the county to build Good Food Movements which champion food education & well-being, food equality and sustainability.
We hope these small grants will provide opportunities to bring communities together through the power of good food!
Deadline: grants will be given on a rolling basis so just get in touch to chat, deadline 25th of September
– the event/workshop/activity will need to be delivered in October 2023
– the funded activity will be within Lewes District
– your idea is for the benefit of the community and is not-for-profit
*There are larger grants available for longer term projects
Get in touch for more info at

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