Herring to take the stage at fish festival

Paul Joy, 'chairman of Hastings Fishermens Protection Society.'Picture by Tony Coombes
Paul Joy, 'chairman of Hastings Fishermens Protection Society.'Picture by Tony Coombes

Hastings Herring Fair returns next month for the third year running.

Seafood lovers are in for a treat over the two-day event, which is on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 at the Stade Open Space from 11am to 4pm.

Run by Hastings Borough Council on behalf of the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), the fair aims to promote the undervalued but versatile fish herring and the fact that the Hastings fishing fleet has been recognised by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for its sustainable fishing methods. Locally herring, Dover sole and mackerel have all been awarded MSC certification.

Councillor Peter Chowney, FLAG chairman, said: “We are very pleased to be able to fund the third annual Hastings Herring Fair. The purpose of the fair is to promote the local herring industry and showcase the herring which is so abundant at this time of year.

“The whole event will be held undercover and stalls will showcase herring filleting, cooking, pickling and smoking.

“There will also be a programme of cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and talks in the Classroom on the Coast.

“The fair starts with the Hastings Catch Gourmet Dinner at Webbe’s Rock-a-Nore on Friday, October 31.

“During the fair fresh herring will be available to buy so that visitors can create their own dishes with Hastings’ own herring recipe book.

“Local wine, cider and other food produce and gifts will also be on sale.”

There will be a host of musical entertainment including Hastings Shanty Singers, Gadzooks, Rattlebag, Jiggery Pokery, The Equatorial Group and a barn dance with the Sugar Loaf Band. Radiator Arts will also be holding children’s drop in workshops.

“With so much on offer, this promises to be another great fish festival in Hastings,” added Cllr Peter Chowney.

To book the Hastings Catch Gourmet Dinner telephone Webbe’s directly on 01424 721650.

For full programme details of this event visit www.hastingsfestivals.com.