Eastbourne’s first Fiesta goes down a treat!

Fiesta food festival at Western Lawns Eastbourne'28/05/11
Fiesta food festival at Western Lawns Eastbourne'28/05/11

DIFFERENT culinary cultures from across the globe came together for a weekend of activities for the first Eastbourne Fiesta,

The event took place on Saturday and Sunday (May 28-29) and featured a live cookery demonstration from past Masterchef winner Peter Bayless in and a mass Zumba session to warm-up visitors.

Despite the cooler weather on Saturday, crowds gathered on the Western Lawns to be dazzled by the winner of the 2006 series of BBC Masterchef.

Eastbourne restaurant Printers Bar were up next in Food Theatre, with head chef Jason Peter Menzies demonstrating how to cook with Hot Rocks, a speciality on the brasserie’s menu, while chefs from The Langham Hotel and Thai Terre also whipped up a storm in front of visitors over the weekend.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said, “The first ever Eastbourne Fiesta really was a fantastic festival of fusion and fun that had something for everyone.

“It was brilliant to see so many people come together to represent cultures from across the globe and we were delighted to work alongside Eastbourne Cultural Communities Network to offer visitors something a bit different. From Bollywood dancing to Zumba, and from a mini beer festival to a mini Pride, Eastbourne seafront was a hive of cultural activity!”

Bands took to the stage on Saturday and Sunday to present a varied soundtrack of musical influences from all over the world, including Ragati String Band, Pentacle Drummers, a Russian Choir, Dub and Stuff, Filipino singing.

The mini beer Festival offered real ale lovers an early taster for the popular Eastbourne Beer Festival coming up in October, with visitors invited to vote for their favourite tipple for the chance to win tickets to October’s bigger event.

The weekend’s festivities were boosted further by the Italia in Piazza market on Sunday and Monday extending the culinary offer with a range of stalls selling authentic Italian produce.

The Jaguar South Downs Run finished in Eastbourne on Sunday with a display of more than 80 Jaguars from E Types to the latest models.

The council is also offering Fiesta visitors the chance to win a camera.

Visitors can upload their photos from the event to www.facebook.com/visiteastbourne for the chance to win a Sony camera thanks to Comet Eastbourne at www.facebook.com/visiteastbourne