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cover image: Robert Slater: The Ghostfinder General
image: The Ghost Walkers, lobby and briefing
© all credit rights reserved, Steve Malone
Priory Court Hotel, foyer, Thursday 24 October 2019

The Pevensey Food and Drink Festival launched last night, Thursday 24 October, with a first taster event, the Ghost and Grill Night at the Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant.

The ‘taster events’, four such evenings. aim to ‘test the water’ for an annual festival that will begin in 2020. The first taster event was a sell out.

The lucky guests who were able to get a ticket for the scary event, enjoyed a grill in the Priory Court restaurant, followed by a spooky ghost walk.

The first taster event was hosted by local historian and writer, Robert Slater, who has been conducting 90 minute ghost walks in Pevensey for 28 years.

The food and drink 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.

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.

Photojournalist, Steve Malone, has been commissioned to document the Pevensey Food and Drink Festival.

In the last few months his work with documenting demonstrations in Eastbourne has been widely seen in local news outlets. A photograph on World Car Free Day for the Eastbourne safe-cycling group Bespoke, which held a cycle procession calling for a safe cycling route along Eastbourne’s seafront (Sunday September 22) has been utilised by a number of local web platforms.

Talking about his commission to document the first Pevensey Food and Drink Festival he told Bay Life “‘sounds great, I like a challenge”.

His commission brief is to capture the spirit of the festival with a sequence of photographs for a number of selected events.

The images appear to capture the spirit of the event at the Priory Court Hotel last night. They give a flavour of the proceedings.

As well as the excitement and anticipation of the table shots in the restaurant, he catches the spirit of the event with a group shot of the guests as they gingerly head out for the ghost walk in the capable hands of ‘the ghostfinder general, Robert Slater’.

The photographs from the launch event are be published in print in the Christmas edition of the Pevensey Food and Drink Magazine, edited by Jayne Howard, available in local newsagents Saturday 14 December.


First taster event, Pevensey Food and Drink Festival: Grill and Ghost Night, Priory Court Hotel and Restaurant
Launch night, through the looking glass window
The Ghost Walkers, lobby and briefing
The candlelit table on ghost night
Robert Slater: The Ghostfinder General
© all credit rights reserved, Steve Malone
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