Old Town gears up for fin-tastic seafood festival

Hastings is all set for the return of its fin-tastic Seafood and Wine Festival this Saturday and Sunday.

The 11th annual festival takes place in the Stade Open Space in Hastings Old Town.

Visitors can expect to see and hear music and live performances and taste, sample and smell fine wines and sumptuous seafood in the atmospheric Old Town.

Revellers will be able to sample wine tasting sessions, watch live cookery demonstrations, live music and more.

There will be dozens of food and drink stalls showcasing some of the area’s finest producers including Biddenden Vineyards, Battle Cider, and Riverford Organic Farms.

Leader of Hastings Borough Council councillor Jeremy Birch said: “Other seaside towns may have closed for business, but we’ve still got lots to look forward to here in Hastings.

“We are very pleased to be holding our Seafood and Wine Festival again this coming weekend. It has grown from a small community event into the South’s premier seafood and wine festival, with nearly 40 stalls showcasing the very best in local produce, and some great live entertainment too.”

Highlights on Saturday include free live cooking demonstrations from Sussex Coast College at 11:15 and cooking the local catch with local chef Paul Webbe at 12:30. Both events are based in the Classroom on the Coast.

Visitors will be wowed by Morris Dance performances, live folk, jazz and soul music in the Entertainment Marquee. Highlights include superb covers band Supersonic at 1:30 and a live music performance from Swing Street, a 14 piece swing band playing Blues and Jazz at 6pm.

There are children’s activities in the Stade Hall with Ed Boxall on both Saturday and Sunday, including interactive story-telling and crafts from 11am - 4pm.

Classroom on the Coast’s pop-up shop will be selling cookery books from local chefs.

Local fishermen will demonstrate how to make fishing nets and Gina Washington will give a lesson in creative knitting.

There is a Fishy Dishy recipe competition near the wine tent from 11- 6pm with the winning recipe featured on the menu at Webbes Rock-a Nore restaurant for a whole week.

Sunday sees face painting, wine tasting, talks and more live music and cooking demonstrations.

Highlights include at 1:15pm local band The Kytes playing 60s and 70s covers, and at 4:15pm, Stax of Motown will perform Stax and Tamla Motown classics. The live music on Sunday ends with a performance from The Big Kahuna playing sixties and seventies soul and funk.

Tickets cost £1 in advance from the Tourist Information Centre or £2 on the day. Under 18’s can get in for free. You will be given a wristband that is valid for the whole weekend.

Visit http://www.hastingsfestivals.com/ for full details of all events on at the festival.