Herring to take centre stage

Fisherman Paul Joy at Hastings Herring Fair 2012
Fisherman Paul Joy at Hastings Herring Fair 2012

THE second annual event showcasing herring, an underrated local fish, is to take place this weekend at The Stade Open Space.

The Hastings Herring Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday (November 9 and 10) from 11am to 4pm.

Run by the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), the fair aims to promote herring and the Hastings fishing fleet to the general public and professional chefs alike.

The fishy weekend starts tonight (Friday), with a pre-fair “Silver Darlings Banquet” held at Webbe’s at the Jerwood Café, featuring a six-course menu specially created by chef Paul Webbe.

The weekend continues with stalls showcasing herring cookery and smoking skills, The History House and The Fishermen’s Museum will tell the history of the herring fishery and there will be talks and exhibitions in the Stade Hall.

Musical entertainment will be provided by local musicians and shanty singers.

At Stade Hall will be Generations of Hastings Fishing Families, a photographic exhibition by John Cole. All money received from sale of prints will go to Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society.

Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration and chair of FLAG, said: “We are pleased to be able to fund the second Hastings Herring Fair. The aim is to promote the local herring industry and showcase the herring which is so abundant at this time of year.”

“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 will not be affected by wet weather!”

To book the Silver Darlings Banquet call Webbe’s on 01424 721650. For full details visit hastingsherringfair.com.