Cel­e­brat­ing hops

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On the week­end of its an­nual Hop Fes­ti­val, the streets of Faver­sham are thronged with peo­ple. Many are crowned with gar­lands of hops or bear but­ton­hole sprigs tucked into lapels. Mor­ris men dance mer­rily, their sticks clack­ing, and mu­sic can be heard from a nearby stage. The fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of the long his­tory of hop cul­ti­va­tion, which was a thriv­ing trade in the 16th cen­tury, though there is some ev­i­dence of hops be­ing in the area from as early as 900AD. In 1741, enough hops were pro­duced to ex­port 2,680 bags to Lon­don. The fes­ti­val re­calls the cel­e­bra­tions as­so­ci­ated with the hop har­vest and this year takes place from 1-2 Septem­ber.

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