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Midsummer Fish Festival

Hastings Midsummer Fish Fest, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 11am-6pm - Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings.

Enjoy a variety of delicious summer fish dishes from local restaurants along with a range of the best produce the area has to offer. Locally made wine will also be available, as well as a beer festival, and the fishermen will be showcasing their skills and their catch.

There will be non-stop live music and entertainment, and cooking demos, craft and fish related activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The Midsummer Fish Fest started in 2014 and has proved a hugely popular event, now in its fourth year. Originally it was funded by the European Fisheries Fund, through the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), but that funding has now ended. To allow the festival to continue, we have introduced a small entrance charge of £1 in advance or £2 on the gate, for the whole weekend (under 18s go free).

What's On Saturday 8 July

What's On Sunday 9 July

This year's Stallholders


Saturday 8 July - 11am-6pm

Drop-in Sessions, Classroom on the Coast, Stade Hall - 11am-2pm

See Billingsgate Seafood Training School in action, watch a demo of fish being cut, prepared and cooked plus taste the results  £2 on the door.

Thomasin Trezise - 11.30-12noon

A world class local soprano, this year she will be singing beautiful popular tunes with expert accompaniment from Steve Accordian and Mike Hatchard on keyboards.

Patch of Harmony - 12.15pm-12.30pm

These talented young vocalists; Phoebe, Isabell, Michael & Sean performed with great success at The Hastings Music Festival back in March - so catch them here before they're rich and famous!

Pocketsize - 1pm-2pm

Warm, melodic, self-penned Appalachian songs with soaring harmonies.  A class act.

Fish Prep Masterclass, Classroom on the Coast, Stade Hall - 2.15pm-3.15pm

Prepare your own fish, under the watchful eye of Billingsgate Seafood Training School.  Using the best fish of the day, depending on what's been caught.  £15 per person.  Spaces are limited so please email to book.

Sean Fennessey & Friends - 2.30pm-3.30pm

Sean describes his music as collective ramblings and melodies.  Wait and see what they perform!

Zachery Dogwood - 4pm-4.45pm

Bowie covers and original songs blended with the sounds of saxophones - great vibes for a summer's afternoon.

Cooking Demo at Classroom on the Coast - 4pm-5pm

Paul Webbe, owner and chef of Webbe's and the Wild Mushroom, will show you how to make one of his tasty seafood creations.

The Kytes - 5.15pm-6.15pm

The sounds of the sixties, played to perfection by one of the best bands in Hastings.  Great way to end a great day!

Sunday 9 July - 11am - 6pm

Cooking Demo at Classroom on the Coast - 11am-12noon

Join Sussex Coast College catering lecturer Steve Slade as he prepares a delicious fish dish and shows you how to do it yourself at home.

The Kayleigh Ann Band - 12noon-12.30pm

Local singer songwriter merges blues, folk and a mixture of genres, collaborating with a number of interesting instruments and musicians to create a unique sound that has captivated audiences across the south.

The Fat Cat Band - 1pm-2pm

British country band playing pedal steel, fiddle, guitars and keyboards along with close four-part vocal harmonies, creating a sublime sound reminiscent of The Eagles.

Violet Jive - 2.30pm-3.30pm

A retro swing sound with feverish Latino curves and a fresh alternative dark twist.  This band offers a cocktail of sounds, blending styles and eras into one colourfully intoxicating performance.

Cooking Demo at Classroom on the Coast - 3.30pm-4.30pm

Olly Dawson from Olly's Fish shack will show you how to cook your own street food with Hastings fish.

Jiggery Pokey - 4pm-5pm

It's a Midsummer Fish Fest tradition!  Lead vocalist Stevie Stone has written some great songs about Hastings.  Expect some classics including his Hastings Pier song reminding us about the fire and emotional homage to The Ghost of Dunkirk, the old Hastings Lifeboat that saved the lives of over 2000 allied forces 77 years ago.

Activities over the weekend

Visit the Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society's stall and get up close and personal with a typical Hastings fishing boat.  Try your hand at fish printing and explore the area's nautical archaeology.

For the Kids

Join in with free sea-themed craft activities for children between 11am and 5pm each day in the Stade Hall.  There will also be free face painting in the Stade Hall on both Saturday and Sunday.

No dogs, accept assist dogs


(this is a provisional list as at 20 June)

Belgian Cafe (sea deli sandwiches and local beer)

Cafe des Arts (coffee, cake and light lunches for this autism-friendly social enterprise)

Carr Taylor (sparkling and still English wines and fruit juices)

Harbourne Vineyard (English wines grown in Tenterden)

Jali Restaurant (modern and classical Indian food)

Judge's Bakery (quiches and rolls from this artisan bakery, featuring local fish)

K&K Thai Catering (noodles and Thai finger food)

Mr B's (grilled fish and grilled halloumi with super salads and hot sauce)

O'ver the Moon (traditional fudges and sweets)

Olives R Good 4 U (delicious fresh olives flavoured with local herbs)

Olly's Fish Shack (fish tacos, home made fish fingers and sweet potato fries)

Red Lion (tasty paella made with local seafood)

Rock-a-Nore Kitchen (Fod's classic combination of calamari and cava)

Stratta (delicately flavoured oils and vinegars)

Thai House (samples from this popular St Leonards restaurant)

Thunder Vodka (sample this sweet, smooth-tasting vodka)

Webbe's (tapas-style samples of this popular fish restaurant's menu)

Wild Dogz (huss ceviche, fish empanada and fish stew)


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