Organised by Hastings Borough Council, the 5th annual Hastings Herring Fair took place last weekend, 5th and 6th November.
The Hastings Herring Fair was set up 4 years ago to promote the herring which is in our seas at this time of year. The Hastings fishing fleet use traditional fishing methods which ensure that the fish are caught in a sustainable way, so helping to conserve the stocks.
“This is one of my favourite festivals of the year; chilly and intimate with a great atmosphere. We’ve had some tremendous feedback on how much visitors enjoyed the fair and it was good to see so many local people and visitors including some from as far afield as Cornwall attend” said Cllr Peter Chowney leader Hastings Borough Council, who opened the event on Saturday.
He added: “Although disappointingly there were few herring in the sea off Hastings due to the very warm weather, there was still plenty of fish for tasting including locally smoked kippers, bloaters and buckling and some excellent demonstrations in the Classroom on the Coast delivered by CJ Jackson from the famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School.
“The fair this year coincided with the fantastic news that we’ve been successful in the second round of Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) EU funding to the sum of £800 000. This could fund a number of future projects to benefit the local fishing industry including a brand for locally caught sustainable fish and a new ice making machine.
“Our thanks must go to everyone that helped organise the event, the traders, musicians and performers and of course all the visitors – it really was another famously fantastic fish fair.”