Thousands flock to Stade for first summer FishFest

THOUSANDS of residents and visitors enjoyed a little fishy on a dishy in glorious sunshine at the first summer fish festival.

The inaugural FishFest event was held at the Stade open space, in Hastings old town, last weekend.

It was organised by Hastings Borough Council on behalf of the Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), which uses European Union money to help promote the Hastings fishing industry.

Councillor Peter Chowney, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council and chair of the Hastings FLAG, said: “It was really good to see so many people enjoying themselves at the FishFest. There was a wide variety of stalls, and some great entertainment. I was especially pleased to see the Classroom on the Coast being used for the cooking demonstrations, exactly what it was designed for. And nearly all of these had standing room only, so were obviously very popular.

“We’ve already had some very positive feedback about the weekend, especially about the festival’s fantastic atmosphere. This buzz extended throughout the old town, which was especially busy. And it wasn’t just the Stade open space which had a fishy feel, the town’s four wet fish shops doing great business too. So it really was a case of Hastings, famously fresh.

“And work has already started on our flagship event, the Seafood & Wine Festival, which takes place on the Stade open space over the weekend of September 20/21 and our Herring Fair planned for the November 1/2.”