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.
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.
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 famously Hastings Fisherman’s Roll – cooked specially by Tush and Dave.
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.