Eat global food without leaving town

Bicycle Bistro
Bicycle Bistro

Eat Global returns tomorrow (Saturday) for the fourth year, challenging residents and visitors to taste the world without leaving town.

The week-long local international food festival, coordinated by events company, 18 Hours, on behalf of Hastings Borough Council, showcases local restaurants, shops and cafes.

Mandy Curtis, of 18 Hours, said: “Hastings is the most ethnically diverse community within a 40-mile radius. We have some great restaurants and talented chefs and Eat Global celebrates range and quality of international cuisine in Hastings.”

Tomorrow there will be free foody street performances at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre at 12.15pm and 1,45pm from world-famous Circo Rum Baba’s Bicycle Bistro, whose mustachioed waiters provide 40 minutes of hat juggling, plate spinning, tea dancing, musical saw playing, acrobatics, magic and café mayhem.

Hastings Guerrilla Circus’ elegant, stilt-walking Pink Tea Ladies will roam the town centre at 11.30am and 1pm, handing out Eat Global booklets.

People can also download the booklet from or pick up a copy in the Hastings Tourist Information Centre at Aquila House.

The booklet also lists specialist ‘featured shops’, where people can buy foods from around the world and cook global too.

Other festival highlights throughout Eat Global include special tasters at Trinity Wholefoods tomorrow and Saturday, March 28 from 11am-3pm, traditional dancing at Siam 2 tomorrow, a traditional sweet-making workshop at 1066 Cake Stand on Sunday (March 22), classical Kathak dance at Tandoori Ghor on Tuesday, March 24 (with 20 per cent off menu prices), a Mexican lunch at Sussex Coast College on Wednesday, March 25, the launch of Kwambora cooking sauces at the Stade Hall Kitchen on Thursday, March 26, a tea tasting evening at Grays Emporium on Friday, March 27, and dinner and music with Lynda Murray and Nana Tsiboe at Mama Putts Kitchen on Saturday, March 28.

Eat Global also has plenty of tasty options for vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians and those on gluten or dairy-free diets.