Toasting hop heritage
Celebrate Kent’s golden years of hop-picking with music and merriment – not forgetting some mouthwatering accompaniment – this month. By Angela Cole
Each year the population of the small, medieval market town of Faversham rockets for one weekend in September when thousands descend to celebrate hops – and what they can be turned into.
This weekend’s 28th Faversham Hop Festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, marks the town’s unrivalled hop heritage with traditional festivities, arts and crafts, street performers, processions and dancing, attended by more than 40,000 people last year.
There will be a procession through the town, hop blessing and opening ceremony at 11.30am on the Saturday, in the Market Square, and there will be another procession through the streets on the Sunday morning from 10.30am.
There will be five stages and a family fun area in the Central Car Park with juggling and Punch and Judy.
Kentish food and drink – not forgetting the brew made with hops, of course – is at the heart of the celebrations, plus cider and locally-grown apple juices. Festival activities run from 10am both days.
More than 40,000 people attended last year’s annual Faversham Hop Festival, which celebrates the town’s unrivalled hop heritage with events ranging from arts and crafts to street processions