This year the 1066 Wine and Food Festival runs from 14th until 29th May. Last year’s pilot proved there was enthusiasm about the food and drink available in this part of the South East and this event focuses on the quality of both available.
The 950th anniversary of the battle that made us famous is drawing attention to everything that is happening locally and the Festival aims to help us celebrate in style.
The opening ceremony is in the historic Battle Abbey, courtesy of English Heritage. Guest of honour Jilly Goolden will naturally be toasted in English traditional method sparkling wine, acknowledging the 1066 area as being at the heart of English wine production. A limited number of public tickets are available here.
Food and drink of all kinds will be on offer during a one day Fair in the Grade One
Listed De La Warr Pavilion in nearby Bexhill on Sunday 22nd May, which will provide a showcase for local wines and produce to taste and buy. Admission is free.
Throughout the fortnight of the Festival individual restaurants, wine merchants, vineyards, food producers and resellers will all be making a special effort to provide quality and variety – many with themed events, tastings and promotions.
To close there will be a finale celebration on bank Holiday Sunday 29th May at St Mary in the Castle on Hastings seafront, with live music and a superb pop up wine bar. Tickets for this are available here.
You can browse the full Festival Programme online – see below.