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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - FESTIVALS -

Folke­stone’s first Fish Fes­ti­val takes place this week­end. More than 4,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to at­tend the event, aimed at cel­e­brat­ing the town’s mar­itime her­itage and pro­mot­ing lo­cally sourced pro­duce from the sea. It will take place around the har­bour, and fea­ture food demon­stra­tions, stalls sell­ing lo­cal pro­duce, tast­ing of lo­cal wine and beer, and a craft fair. There will also be three mu­sic stages, all named af­ter lo­cal fish­ing fam­i­lies. On Sun­day there will be a fish pie con­test, judged by Rock­salt’s Mark Sargeant, in the Mariners Pub at 1pm. At 2.45pm, the Bishop of Rich­bor­ough will lead a pro­ces­sion from St Peter’s Church to The Stade, where the Bless­ing of the Fish­eries will take place at around 3.15pm. The fes­ti­val has been or­gan­ised by art gallery own­ers Johnny Cot­ter and Andy Shorten and a group of vol­un­teers in an ef­fort to cel­e­brate the town’s her­itage and at­tract more peo­ple to the area. Johnny said they wanted to cre­ate an at­trac­tion sim­i­lar to the Whistable Oys­ter Fes­ti­val, which also cul­mi­nates with a bless­ing of the fish­eries pa­rade and cer­e­mony. “Peo­ple don’t re­alise how great Folke­stone is,” he said. “The town has great trans­port links, it’s a great place to eat, work and play. There’s a lot of work be­ing done in the har­bour with the re­gen­er­a­tion, and we thought ‘why not do our bit?’” He added: “We’re look­ing to even­tu­ally build it up into a week­long fes­ti­val.”

The Fish Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates Folke­stone’s mar­itime her­itage

or­gan­iser Johnny Cot­ter, left, and chef Mark Sargeant

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