A weekend of local culinary delights

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival
Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival

THE seventh annual Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival is sure to provide plenty to tantalise the tastebuds.

The event is to take place this Saturday and Sunday (September 15 and 16) from 11am, when more than 50 stalls will be offering festival visitors a mouth–watering selection of local seafood and wine at The Stade Open Space.

There will also be demonstrations in Stade Hall from Billingsgate Seafood Training School, internationally acclaimed celebrity chef Tom Kime and local restaurateur Paul Webbe, along with talks from top chefs and groups including, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, and Greenpeace.

Tickets are necessary for the demonstrations and talks, as space is limited. Tickets can be obtained on the day at Stade Hall.

At the entertainment marquee on the beach near the lifeboat station will be a line-up of live music which together with street entertainment will add to the lively festival atmosphere.

There will also be plenty of activities to occupy children.

Live acts on stage include Dorey the Wise, Cajun Dawgs, and The Big Kahuna, while there will be storytelling with Kevin Graal in the children’s area.

Council leader councillor Jeremy Birch said: “Hastings Borough Council invests a lot of time and money in this 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 - that’s great news for the town’s economy, filling shops, restaurants, hotels and guest houses at what would otherwise be a quiet time of the year.

“Every year the festival seems to be blessed with clement weather and faithful crowds, who come from far and wide to sample the huge variety of seafood and wine local to Hastings.”

Other highlights include net making demonstrations, guided walks of The Stade, and the Jazz Breakfast with acclaimed musician Liane Carroll on Sunday.

Visit www.hastings.gov.uk/community_living/2012_events/seafood/seafoodprogramme/.