Festival aims to showcase local food and wine

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A new week-long food and wine festival aims to give people a taste of 1066 Country.

The 1066 Wine and Food Festival is the brainchild of local wine expert ken Maitland, who runs The Essential Wine School.

Events and tastings will be taking place at restaurants and venues in Hastings and the surrounding area throughout the week.

The Festival launch takes place on Saturday June 20, from 6pm, at St Mary in the Castle, when it will be officially opened by wine critic Jilly Goolden, who will talk about sparkling wine.

There will be a pop-up wine bar, showcasing wines from local vineyards, and the Liane Carroll Trio perform at 8pm.

Admission for this is free to festival card holders but space is limited and you need to book online at 1066wineandfoodfestival.com.

Festival cards are £5 and entitles holders to special offers and discounts throughout the week. The card also gives free months membership to the Hastings Card, which offers further discounts at shops and attractions.

The card is available from tourist information centres and the Hastings Midsummer Fish Festival at the Stade, on June 20 and 21. It is only available to over 18’s.

There will be tutored wine tastings at the Classroom on the Coast on Saturday June 27 and Sunday 28.

Organiser Ken Maitland said: “ The idea is that the festival runs along the lines of the Coastal Currents event where people can follow a trail around the area, exploring local vineyards and sampling food and wine at individual bars, food outlets and restaurants.

Each day during the Festival different businesses will be making special offers available to card holders.

Offers include a free vineyard tour and tasting at Chapel Down Vineyard, in Tenterden, a free cheese platter with a bottle of wine at Cafe Relax, in St Leonards and discounts on meals and wine.

There will even be a chance to discover something new like Thai wines, when Walkers, at Robertson Street, holds a special tasting event on Wednesday.

A total of 26 local businesses will be taking part in the food and wine festival.

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