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We Are The Mods, We Are The Mods, We Are The Mods - Brighton's August Mod Weekender

The final summer Bank Holiday weekend starts today and for Brighton that means the Mods are amassing. The action will centre around Madeira Drive on the seafront with a scooter competition and ride-out; free music from bands and DJs, vintage stalls and this year in the middle of it all, the Big Screen will be showing Quadrophenia and a new Mod musical.

We Are The Mods, We Are The Mods, We Are The Mods - Brighton's August Mod Weekender, photo by Modern Bric a Brac
Madeira Drive, Brighton seafront



Fayette Fox free literary event this Thursday 15 August at Temptation Cafe

  ~  Join Brighton Writers on Thursday 15th August for a literary evening, as US author Fayette Fox answers questions and reads excerpts from her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Deception Artist. 

The event will be held at Brighton Writers’ fortnightly meeting place, Temptation Cafe, on Gardner Street. There will be a licensed bar where you can buy hot and cold beverages and cake too. Doors will open at 6.30pm and the event will start at 7pm. This is a cozy venue so I would recommend getting there early, grab a drink and get your questions ready. 

Only in the UK for a week, Brighton Writers feel privileged to welcome Fayette Fox to this literary event. The evening will begin with Fayette introducing herself and reading an excerpt from her novel, and then it is over to you! This will be your opportunity to ask Fayette face to face about her debut novel, as well as get an insight into the world of publishing and hear about what she will be doing next. 

The event is free and anyone is welcome; whether you have been to Brighton Writers once, not at all or you haven’t even heard of us.  Brighton Writers will be there to answer questions about the group and to celebrate the group’s first birthday! 

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Give into Temptation and Enjoy some Tea and Cake with a Monkey

Monkey at Temptation Cafe
~  As you step onto Gardner Street after a day at the beach it is hard not to miss the knitted and crafted displays that appear from all angles in the window of Temptation Café.  The knitted Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Wheel and handmade seagulls might have tourists and locals stopping to take photographs, but it is what they have to offer inside that has people returning again and again.

Four years ago Peter Allinson and Paul Tempest turned over the open sign at Temptation Café for the first time and kicked off a reputation for great coffee and exceptional food, a reputation that they have successfully maintained ever since. Voted winner of Sussex Young Chef of the Year 2009 and Runner Up 2010 at the Sussex Food Awards, as well as appearing in the top ten for the Brighton Foodie Awards more than once, the credits keep rolling in.  One of Temptation's defining strengths is its use of local produce and along with this Peter’s passion for supporting local industry, “Sussex is full of great food and being a local boy, it made sense to use it.  We have excellent producers and produce and I wanted to find a way of incorporating it into our menu.  We like to think that whilst not everything we use is local, each dish has a local element to it.
Temptation Cafe, Brighton

Brighton Pavilion, Temptation Cafe
Although Brighton has an abundance of breakfast choices, it is Temptation’s Sussex Breakfast that is a must-have with the Veggie Breakfast consisting of, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggs, beans, toast and grilled halloumi. As for lunch, you will be spoilt for choice with summer lamb kebabs, roasted mackerel, Niçoise Salad and chickpea & guacamole pitta or perhaps Peter’s Special. “The Sussex Food Platter is my favourite - it is something I invented when we first opened and I love the variety of tastes, textures and colours.  We make our own chutney, source really good quality cheese and ham from around the county, with tasty bread and local apple juice - it is a relaxed meal - bit like a special ploughman's lunch with Sussex right through it.”  


What does whimsical, vintage, cake and cat have in common? - The Fairy Tale Fair, 10th August 2013

The whimsical Fairy Tale Fair of Brighton is putting on another fair after its successful first year and this time they will also be celebrating their first Birthday to boot. 

Taking place on Saturday 10th August 2013, 10:30am – 4:30pm it will be held at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

There will be over 35 stalls selling a range of handmade crafts, including jewellery, soaps, chocolate, knitted items, cute characters, cushions, cards, prints, accessories, vintage style items, hair pieces, bags, decorations and beads. There will also be face painting, craft workshops, Alice in Wonderland themed cakes, summer time treats with tea and coffee served on vintage china and an RSPCA raffle.

Started by the enterprising and creative jewellery maker Claire Montgomery of Cat-a-Cake Creations, the Fairy Tale Fair has taken off online as well, with a blog that has had over 35,000 views and Facebook and Twitter generating over 3,000 followers combined.

Keen to find out more I asked Claire a few questions and this is what she said:

How many fairs have you done in the last year?

4 fairs. We started last August as a debut fair and since then have had a Christmas and Spring fair. The one on the 10th with be our 4th and mark our first Birthday.

Where did the name come from?

I wanted a name that was a bit different and stood out. I spent ages trying to think of something. I also wanted the fair to be aimed at the community and families. I thought fairy tales were something that evokes happy childhood memories for everyone, appeals to children and families, and also represents a whimsical world where anything goes- which basically describes our fair perfectly!

What jewellery will you have on your stall? Will there be any new designs / pieces for people to look out for?

Yes I will have a range of cute and quirky laser cut necklaces, brooches, earrings and more. I have lots of new designs for summer in my new Carousel Collection. This collection is inspired by my seaside surroundings in Brighton and includes ice creams, a Brighton lolly, seagulls, carousel horses, as well as doughnuts. There will also be old favourites on sale including Buddy the cat, and Nigel the sausage dog.

Are there any particularly popular stalls that people should look out for?

Everyone at the fairy tale fair is popular! We make sure we only accept the highest quality stalls and also that we have a real mix of crafts on sale. To name a few to look out for...Hello DODO and their cute and colourful screenprints (they have taken part in all of our fairs!), Mooshpie and her wonderful illustrative creations (she was featured on the homepage of Etsy this week!), I Like Cats and his super cute knitted cat items and many many more!

What will make this upcoming fair 10 Aug special?

It's our first Birthday and we hope to mark it in style! Our stall holders will be really what makes it special - when they turn up and transform an empty hall into a magical crafty wonderland with their unique handmade creations that you won't find on the high street! Make sure you don't miss them- we won't be back until Christmas.

How many are expected?

There will be over 35 craft stalls, craft workshops, a vintage tearoom, face painting and more. We hope to see around 500 people through the door. It's always difficult in the summer when people are on holiday but we hope to get lots of locals, families and visitors from near and far along. We have had 5,000 flyers printed and have been blogging, tweeting and posting like mad so hopefully that has all helped.

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