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

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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