Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival 2018
If you love seafood and adore wine then we've got just the thing for you this September 2018 in Hastings.
The Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival takes place this year over two days on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018 at
Stade Open Space
Hastings Old Town
The festival marquees on The Stade by 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 does it cost?
Whilst it's not free, tickets are reasonably cheap and will cost you £2 in advance if you get them from the Hastings Information Centre, Muriel Matters House (formerly Aquila House), Breeds Place, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3UY, or you can simply pay £3 on the gate if you prefer. The good news is that kids under 18 get in for free.
Jazz Breakfast - Sunday
If you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun) tickets for the Jazz Breakfast are available for Sunday 16 September from the Hastings Information Centre or you can call 01424 451111 to pay by card instead. You can then either collect your tickets from the Information Centre or on the door. Get in quick though because tickets are limited to just 200. The doors open at 9am and there will be music to entertain you from 10am to midday. You'll get a delicious continental breakfast from 1066 Bakery and your ticket will also get you entrance to the Seafood & Wine Festival for both days. Ticket costs are £16 for adults and £10 for children.
What you'll get at the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival
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. If beer is more you thing, there will also be a mini beer festival run by a local microbrewery.
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.
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!
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