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Midsummer Fish Festival

Hastings Midsummer Fish Fest, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 11am-6pm - Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings.

The Midsummer Fish Festival was introduced after the success of the Seafood and Wine Festival and Herring Fair and is part of a summer of great events on the Stade. It's a celebration of local seasonal fish, food and drink producers, and great live music.

There will be a great selection of food and drink from local restaurants, street vendors, bakeries, and wine producers. The FILO brewery will be, there, as well as other local brewers and wine makers, and there will also be delicious gifts to take home.  Our local fishing fleet will be showcasing their skills and getting messy with fish printing.

The music line up at the festival will open on Saturday with the beautiful sounds of The Hastings Sinfonia, as well as performances throughout the day including Steve Didge and new talent, Lucy; a rare special appearance from The Gail Edmunds Band; four piece dance and party band, Octavia; Spanish and salsa rhythms from Los Twangqueros and closing the day is The Martin Blackman Band.

Sunday kicks off with some traditional songs from the Sounds Waves Shanty Crew as well as great selection of modern covers from The Cover Ups. Mad Jacks Morris will provide us with acoustic sounds and traditional dance, followed by some country music from The Hay Stingers, while The Rocking Ambassadors will close the weekend’s entertainment with some jumping and jiving!

There will be cooking demonstrations in Classroom on the Coast, the unique seafood training kitchen based within the Stade Hall over the weekend.  CJ Jackson, CEO of the Billingsgate Seafood School will be there on Saturday at noon and 2.30pm.  Sunday's demos will be from Wild Feast and new local St Leonards' restaurant, Farmyard.  All demos are free and you can sign up on the day on a first come first served basis.

Children can also be entertained in the Stade Hall where there will be craft activities of a fishy nature, as well as free face painting.

Wristbands for the whole weekend cost just £1 in advance from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre, or £2 on the gate. Under 18s go free.

What's on Saturday 23 June

What's on Sunday 24 June

Stall Holders

Saturday 23 June

11.30 to 12.30pm - The Hastings Sinfonia

A wonderful way to start the Festival!  Hastings Sinfonia is a full orchestra formed by local professional and talented amateur musicians.  Founded in 2012 by local composer Polo Piatti, they perform music that is popular and easy to listen to, including classics, popular works, film music, opera highlights and works by living composers. 

1pm to 1.30pm - Steve Didge and Lucy

Steve puts on a series of open-mic nights throughout the town and every so often finds some gems of unheard talent.  Lucy being one of them.  She has an amazing range and a superb collection of songs.

2pm to 2.45pm - The Gail Edmunds BandGail Edmunds

Gail, always in demand, spends most of her time touring the country performing her own songs at festivals.   Being local, we've finally tied her down to appearing on our stage with her band, a rare treat!

3.15pm to 4pm - Octavia

This superb four piece dance and party band will be playing a set of well known, well played covers.  It will be time to get up from the astro turf and deck chairs to dance.

4.30pm to 5pmOctavia - Los Twangueros

Spanish and salsa rhythms played by this excellent duo.

5.30pm to 6.30pm - The Martin Blackman Band

Martin and his band play the day out with some rare but popular covers - plus some great classics from the sixties.

Sunday 24 June

11.30am to 12 noon - Sound Waves Shanty Crew

A large choir singing a great selection of traditional shanties.

12.15pm to 1.15pm - The Cover Ups

A new young band performing a great selection of modern covers.

1.30pm to 2pm - Mad Jacks Morris

They have traditionally filled this spot.  Male and female teams of morris dancers with a full backing band of acoustic instruments.

2.30pm to 3.30pm - The Hay Stingers

Country music the Hastings way.  Great covers and a whole load of self-penned songs.  Wonderfully entertaining too, these guys are very quickly making a name for themselves.

4pm to 5pm - The Rocking Ambassadors

Early 50's and 60's Rock and Roll from a very tight band.  Finishes a great weekend of fish food, local brews and fine local wine with some jumping and jiving!

Stall Holders

Belgian Cafe - Seafood Deli Sandwich and craft beer from their brewery

Carr Taylor - Sparkling wines, still wines and fruit juices

Chopperwhoppers - Ice Pan Roils

FILO providing the beer

Happy House on Wheels - mobile bar

Harbourne Vineyard - English wines produced in Kent

Hastings Tourist Information Centre

Henny’s Vintage Caravan - Homemade cakes and scones, locally sourced drinks and snacks

Jali - Indian food and drinks

Judges Bakery - Crab and Chilli quiches, Smoked Mackerel Rolls, sausage rolls, cakes and bread

O’er the Moon - Fudge, dessert sauces, nut brittles, Turkish delight, honeycomb.  Uses local cream and cobnuts

Olly’s Fish Shack - Baja Fish and Shrimp Tacos, Fried Fish & Grilled Prawn Rolls

Penelope’s Pitstop - Ceviche, Coconut Prawn Cocel, Brazilian potato and fish balls, Ecuadorian plantain and fish croquettes, escabeche. Jalapeno watermelon lemonade served with mint ice and lime.

Pig and Porter - Beer

Pissarro’s - Fish and Ale

Prosecco Box - Prosecco Cocktails, beer, shots, hot drinks

Stratta - Fruit, flower and herb balsamic vinegars and infused olive oils

The Old Market  - Plaice Fillet Roll with tartare and samphire. Fish goujons and red pepper and chilli jam

The Thai House - Thai Food

Thomas Cookie Co. - Artisan cookies

Villa Sofia Wine  - Organic Italian fine wine and Sardinian Gin

Webbe’s - Local fish tasters

Wild Dogz -  Focus menu on promoting less known fish varieties like Huss or Whiting.  Source local vegetables, bread from The Oak Bakery and VJ Game from Brede.


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