Tracy Hobden

Hastings Midsummer Fish Fest is back for a third year. This free event takes place on the 25th and 26th June on the Stade open space. Introduced by Hastings Borough Council following the success of the Seafood and Wine Festival and Herring Fair, the Festival kicks off a summer of events on the Stade. Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of the council said; “The Midsummer Fish Fest is popular with residents and visitors alike. There will be a great selection of seasonal fish, food and drink from local restaurants, street vendors, bakeries, wine and cider producers and ‘Great Taste’ award winners. The FILO brewery will be running a beer festival and our local fishing fleet will be showcasing their net making skills”.

Once again, Hastings Sinfonia will be playing a programme of short popular pieces and will be joined by two exciting soloists – Christopher Beaumont on Xylophone and  soprano Thomasina Triose. Composer, pianist and orchestra founder Polo Piatti will premier his orchestral piece, commissioned to commemorate The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Other performances include local favourites such as Karis Thompson and the Lost Weekend, Lumpy and the Lumpettes, Strum ‘n’ Bass and London based Indie Award nominee Katey Brookes. Visitors can enjoy the long summer evening as Stade Saturdays returns with a performance by Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band. Many stalls will remain open well into the evening.

There will be cooking demonstrations in Classroom on the Coast, the unique seafood training kitchen based at the Stade Hall. Paul Webbe, of Webbe’s and The Wild Mushroom will show you how to make one of his tasty seafood creations and Olly Dawson from Olly’s Fish Shack will demonstrate how to cook your own street food with Hastings fish.

n Children will be entertained in the Stade Hall where there will be craft activities of a fishy nature.