Live music and fresh fish are on menu for Hastings Herring Fair

Sugar Loaf Band SUS-160211-135449001

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People will have the opportunity to sample the harvest of the sea while enjoying live music at the Hastings Herring Fair this weekend.

The event takes place at the Stade Open Space, in the Old Town, on Saturday November 5 and Sunday 6.

There will be locally produced food and drink on offer and the whole event is undercover in a series of marquees.

The Herring Fair is organised by Hastings Borough Council and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF).

Herring is in high demand across Europe but under appreciated locally. This is an opportunity for people to try this wonderful fish cooked and prepared using different methods and speak to the fishermen who catch it.

“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.” explained Cllr Kim Forward the council’s lead member for marketing.

“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 November 5.

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

“There will be demonstrations 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.

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.

The event is set for a lively finish on Sunday afternoon when top barn dance outfir The Sugar Loaf Band will get people up and dancing to traditional tunes.

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