Hastings set to honour the humble herring with annual seafood fair

Hastings Herring Fair SUS-161025-110202001
Hastings Herring Fair SUS-161025-110202001
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The fifth annual Hastings Herring Fair will take place at the Stade Open Space in Hastings over the weekend of November 5 and 6.

The Fair follows on successful events earlier in the year such as the Midsummer Festival Fish Fair and the Seafood and Wine Festival.

Organised by Hastings Borough Council and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF).

Cllr Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for marketing, said: “We are pleased to present the Hastings Herring Fair again this year which aims to promote the local herring industry and showcase the versatile herring which is so abundant at this time of year.

“After the successful classes held at the Seafood and Wine Festival, the famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School will be back to deliver cookery classes in the Classroom on the Coast on Saturday 05 November.

“These special herring taster classes will teach you how to prepare herring and you’ll be able to take some home to cook.

“There will be demo’s from local forager, Sarah Watson of Wild Feast and lots of stalls offering mouth-watering fishy dishes, vegetarian options and plenty of local wine together with a beer festival run by the First in Last Out (FILO) public house and a host of music and entertainment including shanty singers, bands, dance performances and a ceilidh until 4.30pm on Sunday November 6, with the popular Sugar Loaf Band, to top it all off.

“Once again the fair promises to be an exciting weekend full of all things fishy and don’t forget this is an undercover event so won’t be affected by wet weather.”

The Herring Fair takes place at The Stade Open Space, Rock a Nore, Hastings on Saturday 05 and Sunday 06 November 11am - 4pm both days.

Local Morris side RX Rapper perform on Saturday at 2.45pm, while Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers appear on Sunday at 12.45pm.

Full details of all festival events can be found at www.hastingsfestivals.com/herringfair.

To avoid disappointment book the Billingsgate Cookery classes in advance. Places are £6 per person, contact Billingsgate directly 020 75173548. Class times are 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm.

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