Are you ready for a weekend of eating, drinking an being merry?

Next weekend sees the  return of the popular Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival.

Now in its 14th year, the festival showcases not just the quality but also the variety of Hastings fish and other local produce.

Held on the Stade open space, in Hastings’ historic Old Town, the event runs from 11am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday September 14th and 15th.  With music in the entertainment marquee continuing until 7pm, and a launch party on the evening of Friday September 13th it’s a whole weekend of the best food, the best drinks and the best of entertainment.

Councillor Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council (HBC), explained: “Our Seafood and Wine Festival goes from strength to strength and has become a real fixture in our events calendar. It attracts many thousands of visitors each year and is enjoyed by local residents and tourists alike, many travelling long distances to come here.

“This year we have 38 traders, including 11 new to the festival. Sunday Brunch chef CJ Jackson, who is also the principal of the Billingsgate Seafood School, will be demonstrating fish cooking twice daily and local and international star Lianne Carroll returns for her popular jazz breakfast on Sunday morning.

“There is also story-telling, circus skill demonstrations, and craft activities for children.

“It promises to be fantastic weekend, showing Hastings off at its very best.”

Wristbands giving entry for the whole weekend cost just £2.50 from Hastings Tourist Information Centre on the seafront, or entry is £4 on the gate. Under 18s go free.

HBC asks people to be aware that the event can get very busy and with lots of young children and hot cooking equipment around only assistance dogs are allowed into the site.

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