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At the Beautiful South Awards held earlier this month in Southampton to celebrate the cream of the region’s tourism industry, the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival won the coveted Highly Commended award for Tourism Event of the Year.

“The Awards are run by Tourism South East to recognise excellence in the tourism industry with the aim to raise standards in quality, innovation and customer service. We are delighted that the Seafood and Wine Festival has been highly commended for Tourism Event of the Year; it’s gone from strength to strength since it started in 2006” said Cllr Kim Forward, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for marketing and tourism.seafood-and-wine-festival-award

She added: “The event has grown over the years and offers delicious foodie treats made with locally sourced produce to celebrate the local fishing industry, wine and beer and great entertainment from bands and musicians from the area. Our thanks and congratulations must go to Rosie Leech, festival organiser and her team for their continued efforts that have made this event the success it is today”.

Winners have the opportunity to represent the South East in VisitEngland’s national Tourism Excellence Awards which take place in April 2017.

Hastings 13th annual seafood & wine festival has been hailed as a huge success, attracting around 20 000 visitors to Hastings Old Town over last weekend (Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th October). The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council, and showcases the very best in local produce.

Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney, who opened the festival on Saturday morning with Hastings mayor Cllr Judy Rogers, explained: – “The event started in a quarter of the old coach park, and has grown ever since.

“Around 20 000 people came to the Stade last weekend, with visitors from across the UK and beyond joining local residents for the biggest seafood & wine festival we’ve ever had. The feedback has been fantastic, with stallholders describing it as ‘excellent’ and ‘tremendous’. One said it is the best event he does in the year, even taking into account the London shows he attends, and another, who increased his stock by 50% on last year, was sold out by mid-afternoon Saturday. He spent most of the night making more.

“It was Norman and Saxon themed this year, for obvious reasons, and it was good to see the stallholders joining into the spirit of the event. ‘Coast’ – the Sussex Coast College Hastings catering team – won the best dressed stall competition, and looked resplendent in their mediaeval-looking costumes.

“The event does cost the council a significant amount of money to put on, but we consider it a worthwhile investment because of the benefit it brings to our local economy. Few other resorts can have been as busy as we are on the third weekend in September!”


Plans are well underway in Hastings for the annual Seafood and Wine Festival and, this year in line with the local celebrations of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings the festival takes on a 1066 theme.

Organised by Hastings Borough Council, the event will be held at the Stade Open Space in the heart of Hastings Old Town, over the weekend of 17 and 18 September.

Up to 50 stalls will be offering festival visitors a mouth –watering weekend of delicious local seafood, wine and other foodie delicacies to suit all palettes, there will even be Saxons showcasing how they cooked and traded in 1066!seafood 2

The entertainment marquee on the beach will once again be home to a superb musical line up featuring many local bands including Thee Jezebels, Sister Suzie and Sam Calver and a selection of new acts to Hastings including Kat & Co; an eclectic blues and soul quintet from London and the Ilja Neve band from Belgium.

Local jazz legend Liane Carroll will be returning with her band for the Liane Carroll Jazz Breakfast on Sunday morning. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre at Aquila House, Breeds Place, Hastings and the ticket includes coffee and a Danish pastry and an entry wristband to the festival for the whole weekend.

There will be an opportunity to make your own fish supper with the Billingsgate Seafood Training School at Classroom on the Coast during the festival. Billingsgate, famous for its London fish market and seafood training school will be inviting families or anyone who wants to learn to fillet and prepare local MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified plaice to take home and cook at a number of teaching sessions each day – an experience not to be missed! Tickets available on the day from the classroom.

Cllr Kim Forward the council’s deputy leader and lead member marketing and tourism commented:

“The Seafood and Wine Festival has been an annual event in the town’s packed calendar for well over ten years now. It’s grown to become a well-respected, popular event attracting thousands of residents and visitors each year and this year with its 1066 theme it’s sure to attract even more over the two days.

“There will of course be lots of stalls taking advantage of local produce and the famous musical entertainment but this year there will be the opportunity to have your photo taken with a Norman guard visit a Saxon encampment and try on some armour. There’ll even be a unicycling jester.

“So, why not come along and join in – come in 1066 costume and get a festival glass free!”

Entry to the festival is by admission wristband. These can be bought in advance from the Tourist Information Centre for only £1 or £2 on the day – a real bargain for a whole weekend’s entertainment and children go free!

Full festival details and ticket information can be found at here or telephone the Tourist Information Centre on 01424 451111

The third Hastings Fish Fest has been hailed as another great success.Mayor cutting ribbon IMG_4826  SM Tracy Hobden

Held on the Stade Open Space, in Hastings historic Old Town, last weekend (Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th June), the festival attracted around 25 different stalls, and some great musical entertainment.

Hastings Borough Council organised the event, and Cllr Kim Forward, deputy council leader and lead member for marketing, explained :- “We love our events in Hastings. Tourism is big business for the town, worth around £260m to the local economy and supporting well over 5000 jobs, and visitors and residents alike love our events. This one is particularly special as it celebrates our local fishing heritage, and takes place almost literally on our fishing beach.

“I was delighted to officially open the festival, and then look around the many stalls. The atmosphere was fantastic, with many thousands of visitors enjoying themselves. I’ve heard some great reports about it over the weekend, from both stallholders and visitors. One visitor from Swindon apparently enjoyed themselves so much they’re coming back specially for our Seafood & Wine Festival in September. The music and entertainment was also superb, to suit a wide range of tastes, from Lumpy and the Lumpettes through to Mad Jack’s Morris!

“I’d like to thank all stallholders for taking part, and also the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society, who helped ‘dress’ the marquee with a boat and nets, and also put on a great display and children’s’ activity

“Our next fish festival is ‘Seafood & Wine’, over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th September, and I’m already looking forward to that.”

This weekend see’s the return of the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival.  Proven to be an extremely popular event for the town, the festival gives locals the chance to try out a range of delicious seafood’s and luscious wines.

The festival will launch on Friday 18th September with ‘Super Ska Night’. The Two-Tones, supported by The Skata-Tones who will kick off the weekend’s festivities in the music tent. The live music continues across the weekend with some fantastic local acts, accompanied by a beer festival run by The FILO pub.

Classroom On The Coast organised by Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group and Hastings Fisherman’s Protection Society will be holding a series of talks, demonstrations and discussions in Stade Hall.  Children are also welcome at the event where the Hastings Pier Charity will be making shell treasure chests.

Not to be missed this year is the award winning celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli who will be attending as a special guest.  He will be hosting six cooking demonstrations using local fish and Q&A sessions.  Tickets for this cost £5 each £2-under 18’s.  This will include a one hour demo and Q&A session plus free wristband entry for the whole festival weekend, a festival glass and cookery book.

With over 30 stalls and plenty of entertainment and live music throughout the day this is an event not too be missed.

It’s on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015 from 11am – 6pm (music until 7pm), The Stade, Hastings Tickets are for both days – £1 in advance or £2 on the door. Under 18’s are free.


Its that time of year again where tastebuds will be treated to a huge range of local and regional produce. You may have guessed that its the annual Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival and this year its set to attract over 50,000 visitors to the town over the 20th and 21st September. hastings seafood and wine festival

Food and wine aficionados will delight in the huge range of food (not just seafood) and wine that will available to savour and all this and more can be enjoyed for the small entry fee of £2 (£1 advanced from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre).  If you are there for both days then you can get a wristband too. Under 18’s get in free.

The weekends events will also be accompanied by live music and street entertainment and is the perfect way to see out the final days of summer.

For more information including directions to the Stade where it is held please visit the Hastings Festivals website here.

The 2013 Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is back on the 14th & 15th September 2013 and will be held at the Stade open space on  Hastings seafront.


The Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is a great weekend for food and wine fans and attracts up to 40,000 visitors.

The festival, now in its eighth year showcases the very best food and wine from the region and is a fantastic day (or weekend) out for food and wine aficionados and those who are looking to try different foods, flavours and wines that cater for every palate.

The Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is a major cultural event and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the UK and also has a large local turnout too so if you love food and wine then this is definitely a festival for you as there will be over 30 stalls selling a varied selection of food and drink.

There is also an eclectic mix of live music and street entertainment that complements the festival atmosphere. Although the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is based around The Stade and Rock-a-Nore Road in Hastings Old Town, restaurants and businesses across the town join in with special menus and entertainment. Entry to the event is only £2 per day.

Check out the video of the previous Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival that gives you a feel for the atmosphere and tastes on offer that this years event will bring.