Wealden’s first ever Food and Wine Festival is to take place at Pevensey Castle over the weekend of August 30 and 31.
The event aims to highlight the very best of Sussex food and wine, produce, artisan goods, local crafts and culture. Entry will be free.
Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, said, “We have the Bluebell Vineyard and Hobdens Vineyard in the north, the Rathfinny Estate and the Long Man Brewery in the south; and a host a traditional cheese makers on our doorstep including The High Weald Dairy, The Traditional Cheese Dairy and Alsop & Walker, as well as many new exciting ventures, yet to be discovered. This is a great way of showcasing delights like these .”
Exhibitor stands will be set around the castle walls, inside the entrance to the castle itself.
Some of the many highlights will include cooking and wine demonstrations, live music, street entertainers, storytellers and free guided walks around the castle.
The only criteria for exhibitors are that they are located within a 30-mile radius of Pevensey.
The following businesses have already confirmed they will be exhibiting at the event: Harbourne Vineyard, Java Bus Coffee, Seasoned Sausage, Downsview Farm, Chapter 12, Sugar Mice (ice cream) Ltd and Pembury Porkers.
“The aim of the festival is to promote local produce and local businesses in the area and priority will be given to those who meet those requirements,” said Jane Kilby, Wealden’s Tourism Officer.
“Stalls are provided and are available from £175 within the historic grounds of Pevensey Castle, courtesy of English Heritage.
“We are looking forward to a big event which will draw visitors in from across the South East for a enjoyable weekend of food and fun for all ages.”
Businesses and organisations interested in taking part, should email firstname.lastname@example.org