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Herring Fair

This year's Herring Fair takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November at the Stade Open Space

The Herring Fair is a free event held undercover on the Stade, Hastings Old Town.  Celebrate this undervalued but seriously versatile fish.  The fair includes music, cooking demos, beer, kids' activities and a ceilidh.

The Hastings fishing fleet have been catching herring off local shores since at least the 1600s, when records began. Come and celebrate the undervalued ‘silver darling of the sea’ in its many wondrous forms, from bloaters to buckling and kippers, as well as other seasonal local fish.

As well as delicious fish dishes, stalls will be selling various local produce, wines, ciders, hot food, vegetarian options and sweet delights. There will also be a beer to delight every palate with the bar run by the First in Last Out pub and microbrewery.

Visitors can learn to create seasonal fish dishes from professionals with cooking demos in Classroom on the Coast from the famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School; St Leonards restaurant The Thai House and cookery consultant and author, Silla Bjerrum.

There’s children’s sea-themed craft activities and face painting in the Stade Hall, traditional net making by Hastings fishermen in the marquee, and a fantastic music line up with a folky flavour. A weekend of fun for the whole family, celebrating Hastings fish!

Who to look out for at the Herring Fair!


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