I wanted to express my disappointment at the way Hove Lawns was taken over by stalls and events for Brighton Food Festival yesterday: there was little information around, and most of the food was pretty unhealthy (mostly meat based), expensive and uninspiring. OK there was some music, a bar and a stand talking about the impact of climate change on wild birds, but this was hardly likely to change anyone's attitude to food.
What could have been a wonderful showcase of Sussex food and local producers - and how a little bit of imagination is far more important than money in serving the family a tasty, healthy meal - became little more than a council-supported shopping experience.
And let's be honest: Brighton and Hove suffers from many food-related problems, but opportunities to buy stuff in central Hove just ain't one of them.
While we're talking food, here's some chilling facts, courtesy of the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership:
1. 16% of ten year olds in Brighton and Hove are obese and an additional 14% are overweight
2. On average each of us throws away £420 worth of food a year
3. Two-thirds of local traffic congestion is caused by people driving to buy food
4. More than a quarter of Brighton and Hove's 'ecological footprint' comes from food
I can't imagine the weekend's open air shopping will have made a lot of difference to any of these figures, but here's hoping (raises mug of builder's tea with soya milk to lips...)