Hastings is the plaice to be for new fish fest in June

SEAFOOD lovers are in for a treat next month as a new festival celebrating the town’s fishing industry is taking place.

Hastings Midsummer Fish Fest is being held on the Stade Open Space in Rock-a-Nore, on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.

The mouth-watering event is being organised by the borough council. Stallholders will be promoting and selling local produce and seasonal fish.

Organisers hope the inaugural festival will attract crowds of visitors to Hastings. However, if the weather is bad the event will be held indoors.

Rosie Leech, Hastings Borough Council’s Fish Fairs organiser, said: “After the success of the Hastings Herring Fair, which took place in November last year, it’s really exciting to be planning another Fish Festival in Hastings.

“There will be demonstrations by the fishing fleet and two photographic exhibitions.

“The festival will also feature musical entertainment, street performance and children’s activities.

“It coincides with the summer solstice so will remain open throughout Saturday evening with a Fish Feast followed by a lantern procession and firework display.

“The evening will be combined with the council’s Stade Saturdays events who are hosting a performance by Louis Aquila and the Crocodile Tears so there will be plenty to enjoy, do, eat and drink.”

Hastings Midsummer Fish Fest will take place on June 21 from 11am to 10pm and from 11am to 5pm on June 22.

The first Hastings Herring Fair took place in November 2012. The town’s other main seafood-related event, the Seafood and Wine Festival, which has been held every September since 2006, attracts up to 30,000 visitors.