New food festival to be launched in Hastings

Levi Roots
Levi Roots

FOOD gurus are descending on Hastings later this month with the launch of a new food festival.

The event features Levi Roots, the man behind Reggae Reggae Sauce, as well as an amazing array of culinary experiences and flavours from around the world.

It will be launched on Saturday, March 24 at Priory Meadow, and offers a week’s worth of eating, entertainment and celebration of all things foodie.

Organised by a delegation of businesses, Hastings Borough Council and company 18 Hours Ltd, the festival is based in and around the huge array of diverse restaurants and cafes in town.

Many of the chefs will come out from the kitchen to share their cooking secrets and restaurants will offer up their signature dishes for tasting throughout the week.

Councillor Jay Kramer, the council’s deputy leader, said: “While the festival is all about celebrating the international flavours found right here in Hastings and St Leonards, there is even more to it than that. We’ve got talks from household names such as Levi Roots of Reggae, Reggae Sauce fame and home-grown talent Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green and Blacks.

“There are, of course, plenty of opportunities to sample food from some fabulous restaurants but also entertainment for all the family, including children’s tea parties and talks on food, culture and identity.

“This is a first for us but like so many of our very successful events, I’m sure it will only continue to grow in popularity and offering as it establishes itself as a regular in our calendar of events.”

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