Now in its fifth year, the Hastings Herring Fair is a showcase for a fish that’s sustainable, versatile, delicious and incredibly healthy, yet strangely under-valued.
The free event will feature stalls showcasing herring cooking and smoking along with local wine and beer. The famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School will also be hosting cooking sessions and there will be demos from local forager, Sarah Watson from Wild Feast.
Hastings has the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe and its herring catch is MSC accredited, which means its officially certified as sustainable. Herring is in high demand across Europe but under-appreciated locally. So come and try this wonderful fish cooked and prepared using different methods and speak to the fishermen who catch it.
There will also be a beer festival run by the FILO, a local pub with its own micro-brewery, and a host of music and entertainment including shanty singers, bands, dance performances and ceilidh.
Stade Open Space, Saturday 5-6 November 2016, 11am-4pm. For more information, visit www.hastingsfestivals.com/herringfair