23-25 July 2021

Alexandra Park

Read the full press release here.

Smoke & Fire Festival Hastings: The Nation’s Largest Plant-Based BBQ Festival Experience in the South 2021

A very warm welcome to Smoke & Fire Festival VeggieQ

A national celebration of plant-based BBQ & open-fire cookery.

A whole area of Smoke & Fire South will be dedicated to a national celebration of plant-based BBQ. Pop in and out, or spend the whole festival in this green and pleasant land, celebrating all that the plant kingdom has to offer!

At Smoke & Fire Festival Hastings you’ll watch some of the top BBQ chefs and open-fire cookery, pitmasters’ live demonstrations and masterclasses – whilst feasting on a tremendous variety of BBQ’d and open-fire cooked food.

Still hungry? Wine and dine yourself in one of our fire-cooked or pop-up BBQ restaurants* and wash it all down with a wide selection of bubbles, cocktails, wine or local craft beer.

If you’ve had enough bubbles then head on over to our mini real ale and cider festival or follow one of our taster trails.

With cooking and eating competitions to compete in and vote on, live music, DJs and dancing, children’s fun, games and entertainment, what are you waiting for?

Be a bright spark…

**Early bird tickets available until 21st March 2021.
Hurry, we’ll pay your ticket commission on the first 1,000 tickets sold.**

*Some feature events require additional tickets and/or pre-booking.

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Proudly announcing what we believe is a real first in the fire cooking and BBQ world.

Are you an expert in plant-based BBQ? Can you create sensationally tasty and exotic veggie dishes? Do you think you could lift the VeggieQ Challenge Crown?

Join us at the Smoke & Fire Festival South for a truly exciting and enlightening competition!

  • Plant-based BBQ virtuosos will cross carrots in the very first VeggieQ Challenge.
  • A team of hand-picked expert judges plus a public vote will decide on who wins the title of ‘VeggieQ Challenge Champion 2021’.
  • So, bring on the most exotic plant-based creations, with novel twists and exciting flavour combinations!
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A flaming great feature at every Smoke & Fire Festival, The Feast of Fire live demo stage presents:

  • Live cooking demonstrations and tasters all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Some of the most skilled and experienced fire cook and BBQ pit masters in the country and beyond
  • The chance to learn how to cook their signature dishes (and taste them of course!)
  • The opportunity to acquire techniques, top tips and secrets that will help anyone raise their outdoor cooking game
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Let us light YOUR fire at the launch party for Smoke & Fire Festival Hastings.

  • Traders will be trading, food & drink-loving guests will be consuming!
  • This is a flaming great opportunity for you, your friends and family to kick your festival experience off with a bang.
  • Dance the night away, eat & drink to your heart’s content or, relax in our exclusive VIP Wildfire Lounge. The choice is yours.*

*Some feature events require additional tickets and/or pre-booking.


SATURDAY sees the roaring start to the festival weekend.

Live fire cooks showcase the latest outdoor cooking trends, techniques and equipment. The pavilion hosts a full schedule of cooking demonstrations.

Sample award-winning street food, eat in pop-up restaurants, enjoy live music at two different stages and let our roaming entertainers entertain you!

All washed down with great local real ale and cider.

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SUNDAY ignites with all of the above, plus: BBQ cook-offs, chilli and hot wing eating competitions, judging tables and awards ceremony and prize giving.

Engulf yourself in flaming fiery theatre at its best.

Music @ Hastings

We’ve got some great music acts playing for your ears. More acts to be announced soon!

Hurry and book your Hastings tickets…

And There’s more

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Pop-up Restaurants

Feast in the finest BBQ & open fire cookery restaurants. Two fire cooking restaurant guest chefs and their teams will create, cook & serve a 3-course set menu while you make new friends at the 100-seater long dining table!*

*Pre-booking required.

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Chilli challenges

Think you can take the heat? Then run the hottest gauntlet at Smoke & Fire Festival Hastings & enter our tongue tingling extreme chilli and hot wing eating competitions.

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For you grown-ups, they’ll be live music over two stages, plus international DJ’s laying down the best of Afrobeats, Old Skool, US House, 90s-00s & R&B.

Our Kids Zone will provide hours of fun including bouncy castles, climbing walls, zorb balls & circus skill workshops.

Where is it?

Alexandra Park
Saint Helen’s Road
Hastings, UK 
TN34 2LQ

Get directions

Map of Smoke & Fire Festival Hastings

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