First festival is a ‘great success’ at Pevensey Castle

Wealden Food and Drink Festival SUS-140309-153835001
Wealden Food and Drink Festival SUS-140309-153835001

Around 5,678 people turned out for Wealden District Council’s first ever food and drink festival in Pevensey on August 30 and 31.

The event was held at Pevensey Castle and has been branded a ‘great success’ by the council.

The festival aimed to promote the work being done by local food and drink producers and celebrate the culture and heritage of Wealden’s coast and countryside.

The main event at the festival was the local food and drink companies which offered visitors the chance to taste and enjoy their produce.

More than 20 exhibitors were lined up to attend including Longman Brewery, Carr Taylor Vineyards, Judges bakery, Flavours of India, Roberto’s Pizzeria, Brambletigh Produce, Downview Farm, Chapter 12, Harbourne Vineyard and Pembury Porkers with the Real Crackling Company.

The line up in the entertainment tent included The Cajun Dawgs, The Skatatones, The Big Blue, Stone Junction, George Works and the Jemima Price band.

Community Chef Olly Dawson cooked up some delights using seasonal specialities from the best Sussex produce and the Bluebell Vineyard Estates from Furners Green demonstrated how to make sparkling wine throughout both days.

The council thanked the community and businesses for attending the event.

Some people were so impressed with the food festival they took to Twitter.

One visitor said: “Great little food and music festival at Pevensey Castle.”

While another wrote: “Great to see so many people visiting Pevensey Castle for the Wealden Food and Wine Festival today.”