PICTURES: TV chef entertains the crowd at Lewes Octoberfeast

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Television chef Rick Stein entertained an exclusive crowd in Lewes last week as part of the sixth annual Octoberfeast.

Rick, who has written cookery books, founded top restaurants and cooked for The Queen and Prince Philip, was interviewed on stage by OctoberFeast trustee and author Mark Ridgwell.

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A spokesperson for Octoberfeast said: “Rick was so generous with his time, and shared amusing anecdotes about his culinary memories of East Sussex, his thoughts on Michelin Star cuisine, the process behind his new book and TV series From Venice to Istanbul, fish and much more.

“We’re so grateful to Rick for his support of Lewes OctoberFeast and for being such an entertaining and warm-hearted presence at Lewes All Saints. The talk was followed by a deliciously fresh fish ‘n’ chip supper cooked up by Olly Dawson of Olly’s Fish Shack.

“We’d like to extend our thanks to Miles Jenner of Harveys Brewery, David at Flint Owl Bakery, the team at Waterstones Lewes, Lizzie at All Saints, Graham at The White Hart and our team of volunteers that helped make the evening such a success.”

A guest, Chloe Edwards, added: “It was great, a lovely affirmation of good food, thoughts and love.”

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The event was just one of many highlights of this year’s Octoberfeast, which began on September 18 and will run until Saturday, October 10.

After already enjoying the Apple Press at the Linklater Pavilion, an International Soup Festival at All Saints and the Octoberfeast streetfood party with live music at Harveys Yard, visitors still have The Snowdrop Inn’s big beer festival to look forward to this weekend on October 3 and 4 , where Harveys will be putting on special tasting events.

Other events still to come include the Harvest Festival, Trinity Church World Cup Party, Cinnamon Bun Workshop, a beer-themed poetry slam and open mic night and Jerry Lee Lewis Diner.

For more information, including dates, times and locations of events still to come, can be found at www.lewesoctoberfeast.com.

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Photos by Simon Ridgwell.

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