Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival 2023
If you love seafood and adore wine then we've got just the thing for you this September 2023 in Hastings.
The Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival takes place this year over two days on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 20123 (11am to 6pm) at
Stade Open Space
Hastings Old Town
The Stade (near the historic Net Huts), will play host to this year's event and you'll be able to sample a dazzling array of food and wine together with live music and themed activities to keep you busy over both days.
How much WILL it cost?
Whilst it's not free, standard tickets are reasonably cheap. You'll need wristband entry which covers both Saturday and Sunday. These can be bought either on the gate for £6 or in advance from Hastings Museum for £5.
If you're interested in the Jazz Breakfast, tickets can be purchased from Judge's Bakery, 51 High St, Hastings.
JAZZ BREAKFAST - SUNDAY
If you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun) tickets for the very popular 'Jazz Breakfast' featuring Liane Carroll are available for Sunday 17th September. The breakfast runs from 10am to midday. You'll get a delicious continental breakfast supplied by Judge's bakery and your ticket will also get you entrance to the Seafood & Wine Festival. For the Jazz Breakfast, tickets are £22.50 for adults and £12.50 for under 18s. Again, you can get tickets from Judge's Bakery, 51 High St, Hastings.
What you'll get at the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival 2023
Whilst you can buy fish from any supermarket, this event showcases the very best that Hastings has to offer including fresh, locally caught seafood and a range of wines from local vineyards together with an assortment of other goodies from local shops, businesses and restaurants.
Other live entertainment
To make sure you're fully entertained whilst you eat and drink, there will be non-stop live music, family entertainment, and cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. If live music is your thing, this year's lineup includes:
- The New Blue Shoes
- The Heartlands Roots Band
- The Old Romantics
- The Sam Calver Band
- Sarah G and the Other 3
- The Greg Coulson Band
- Soul Town
View the 2023 programme
If you want a sneak peek at what's happening at this year's Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival, you can view the programme here.
About The Stade
Today, The Stade is a unique, purpose-built area for hosting outdoor events (mainly in the summer) and is reputedly home to Europe's largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats and has been in existence for more than a thousand years. The word stade is of Saxon origin meaning landing place.
At The Stade, you'll see large circles on the ground which reflects the long history of fishing in Hastings. These represent the circular paths that horses walked in order to winch the boats up the steep beach by capstan in times gone by. Nowadays of course, hauling the boats up the beach is done by mechanical winches although tractors are sometimes used to push the boats into the sea at low tide.
The beach itself was only a small landing area originally but in 1896, a new harbour was built to help prevent shingle moving along the coast due to longshore drift. As a result, the shingle slowly accumulated until there was enough new beach space for more fishing boats.
Even if you don't come along to this year's Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival at The Stade, the area is still worth a visit just to see the ancient fishing techniques still in action today; just don't get in the way of the boats!
Please note: We're not affiliated with this event and as with all events, things can be subject to change so always check with the official website prior to booking (see link in the article above).
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