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Hastings Herring Fair 2019

Stade Open Space, Old town, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3AR
Hastings Herring Fair 2019

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Sea shanty-fuelled festival where you can discover more about this undervalued but versatile fish, herring.

Celebrating the Silver Darlings of the sea, Hastings Herring Fair will combine food stalls and cookery demonstrations with live music, and local beers, wines and ciders – all inside a marquee on the Stade (adjacent to the fishing beach and the Hastings Contemporary art gallery).

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 darlings of the sea’ in its many wondrous forms, from bloaters to buckling and kippers, and other seasonal fish.

As well as delicious fish dishes, stalls will be selling various local produce, wines, ciders, hot food, vegetarian options and other delights. There will also be a beer to delight every palate with the bar run by the Harvey’s in the music area.

Learn to create seasonal fish dishes using our local catch with free cooking demos in Classroom on the Coast, sponsored by Hastings Fish and Seafood. CJ Jackson, the principal of the famous Seafood School at Billingsgate and the Hastings Fish brand ambassador, will be hosting demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday (23/24 November) at 12 noon and 2.30pm. CJ will create a number of recipes to celebrate the herring that will include: Classic rollmops, Soused Herring, Smoked Herring, Grilled Herrings with Mustard and Basil Butter. Demonstrations last around 90 minutes and are on a first come first served basis, these are very popular.

There will be plenty of entertainment too, thanks to a fantastic music line up with a folky flavour, to include a ceilidh and of course sea shanties. Throughout the weekend there will be children’s sea-themed craft activities in the Stade Hall, as well as traditional net making techniques at the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society stall in the marquee.

New Sunday Jazz Breakfast!

In a new addition to the weekend’s activities, there will be a Sunday Jazz Breakfast with Mike Hatchard and friends. Doors open at 9am and the performance starts at 9:30am. Ticket price also includes tea or coffee and a famous Hastings Fisherman’s Roll – cooked specially by Tush and Dave. £13 adult / £10 child (with a paying adult). 

Please note that because the site can get very busy, and there are lots of young children and very hot cooking equipment around, only assist dogs are allowed into the marquee.

The Herring Fair takes place on the Stade open space, in the heart of Hastings historic Old Town, and just yards from the fishing beach, over the weekend of 23rd/24th November. Admission is free.

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Herring Festival 2019 (23 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019)
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Herring Festival 2020 (21 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020)*
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Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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