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** PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT

The first taster event is hosted by local historian and writer, Robert Slater, who has been conducting 90 minute ghost walks in Pevensey for 28 years. Tickets are £16pp. Bookings for tables are available for the GHOST WALK AND GRILL NIGHT, direct from the Priory Court and Restaurant, on 01323 763150 (if you dare).—Bay Life, 23 October 2019

The first taster event in the Pevensey Food and Drink Festival, on Thursday 24 October, the GHOST WALK AND GRILL NIGHT AT PRIORY COURT, now has a number of block bookings. The event is pointing to a scary success.

The food festival branded ‘Pevfeast’, is taking a lead from the successful Pevfest music event which ran here for five successful years.

Organisers are aiming to repeat the success of Pevfest, with Pevfeast, targeting this time, families with themed food events.

In 2020, a set of food themed events will draw families into the locality to sample the food delights that we have to offer, with carefully shaped plate sized events.

All the food establishments taking part in the event, will ‘receive free publicity from the local press’, explain the organisers.

Their goal is to see that this foodie heaven corner of Sussex is put on the foodie map of Sussex in a special way, tailored to the unique spirit of the locality, as an annual event.

In 2020, VE Day on May 8, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Day when ‘the guns went silent’. We already know that oragnisers of the Pevensey Food and Drink Festival plan something special on the Day, although they are yet to release details of what is planned to the community.

There is to be a move of a Bank Holiday in the country in celebration of the Day when ‘the guns fell silent”.

Talking to Bay Life, (September 18), organisers said that they have now chosen the four food establishments that are to launch their taster events in October and November 2019 to test what people think of the notion of an annual food festival.

Based on our historic identity as a community and the eclectic food interests here, focusing on and why foodie visitors come to Pevensey and the Bay, the team are aiming to fully capture the spirit and flavour of local restaurants and cafes.

The four local food establishments chosen to launch the taster events in October and November 2019 are the Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant in Pevensey, Miah Indian Restaurant, in Pevensey Bay the Ocean View Bakery and Restaurant in Pevensey Bay and the Aqua Bar and Grill in Pevensey Bay.

In their first media release, organisers say, “We have firmed up our taster events.

“We will start on Thursday 24 October with a Grill and Ghost Night at Priory Court Hotel.

Bay Life understands that the evening will see a meal and ghost walk combined

Organisers told us that the taster events in October and November this year are intended to test what people think of the Pevensey Food Festival (Pevfeast) as a new annual brand to be promoted in the locality.

As an umbrella for small location festivals, people have noted some of the unique features of the locality.

These features include the closeness and walkability of the area, from an ancient castle to an Elizabethan High Street, through to the quirkiness of the Bay as a small seaside coastal location with an eclectic mix of fine food establishments and the golden groynes of the sunset of the Beach for afters. as the sun goes down.

In some ways, there is a good argument to be made that we have a unique and rich set of natural backdrops that are ideally suited to small scale festival events, that include history and the heritage of the Sussex-by-the-seaside atmosphere.

Why we have not made more of this special and particular local landscape, to benefit both residents and visitors, is something of a mystery. The natural settings are ripe for exploration with the right kinds of events. for the people that live here and the people that visit us.

Plans for events are appearing that seem to resonate with the community setting, so perhaps we will be seeing more annual, community based events here.

The economic and social benefits for all concerned are manifest. Seeing Pevensey and Pevensey Bay put on the community map as a home to small scale festivals also puts us more on the visitor destination map.

The ways in which these things can be done, with the right organisers and the right events, boost the spirits of everyone,

Will the Pevensey Food and Drink Festival work? Will local people and visitors take to the idea when they begin to see what is planned and the special offers? Going from location to location seeing what each food establishment has to offer as part of the food and drink festival, certainly there seems to be some potential in the idea.

These taster events look set to test the water.

In May 2020 the Government is planning to support a very special set of VE Day events on the moved Bank Holiday, right across the country

They say on their planning web platform, “When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets to celebrate”.

We already know that the organisers of the Pevensey Food and Drink Festival are planning something special in the locality on VE Day next year.

We wait to see if we will seeing 40 food events across 17 local food establishments on the Day, or perhaps the biggest street party for any village in Sussex.

This first taster event, in preparation for next year, the GHOST WALK AND GRILL NIGHT AT PRIORY COURT on Thursday 24 October, appears to be heading for a scary success. In November there are three more taster events tuned to the special offerings in the community, pointing to more treats for both residents and visitors.

Perhaps the first Pevensey Food and Drink Festival in 2020 is heading for sustainable and mouth watering success. Over time, an annual event of this description could become an interesting addition to our calendar of community events.

The first taster event is hosted by local historian and writer, Robert Slater, who has been conducting 90 minute ghost walks in Pevensey for 28 years. Tickets are £16pp.

Bookings for tables are available for the GHOST WALK AND GRILL NIGHT, direct from the Priory Court and Restaurant, on 01323 763150 (if you dare).