Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival returns to town

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RETURNING for its sixth year the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival promises a weekend of treats to tantalise the taste buds.

Tomorrow and Sunday (September 17 and 18), a range of events will take place in the Old Town, with the main festival site being The Stade Open Space, in Rock-a-Nore Road, as a celebration of Hastings’ fishing heritage, and local wine and food producers.

A busy stall at last year's festival

A busy stall at last year's festival

Things kick of tomorrow at 10am with the traditional Walking the Fish parade, from Breeds Place to The Stade, in time for the official festival opening at 11am.

Local school children will join the parade with paper sculptures made with help from Radiator Arts, and there will also be a percussion accompaniment.

More than 40 seafood stalls are expected to assemble in the Stade Open Space, while local wine producers will showcase their wares in the Stade Hall.

Aside from food and drink to taste and buy, there will be events and activities including cookery demonstrations, net-making and guided tours.

There will also be a range of live music and theatre on offer in the entertainment marquee, not to mention plenty to occupy children over the weekend.

Council leader Jeremy Birch said “Hastings Borough Council invests a lot of time and money in the event, which has quickly grown to become one of the most popular in the town’s packed calendar.

“Up to 50,000 residents and visitors are expected to come over the two days.”

The festival will be run from 11am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights include a cookery demonstration from Paul Webbe, chef at

Webbe’s Rock-A-Nore, on Saturday at 3.30pm, and a Jazz Breakfast with acclaimed artist Liane Carroll on Sunday from 9.30am (tickets required).

For more information visit www.visit1066country.com/seafood or contact 01424 451111.