When: 17th November 2013
Where: Clovelly, Devon
£: Adults £6.50, children £4 and under 7s go free
What is it?
The village of Clovelly in Devon was once a major centre for herring fishing and the Herring Festival is held annually to promote this tasty, nutritious foodstuff and support the carefully managed fishing carried out by local fishermen.
Fishing records go back over 400 years and in 1749 there were a hundred herring boats in the port. When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and now there are just two herring fishermen left. These fishermen still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.
For the festival maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will return with his Kipperland exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring. Smylie will also be turning the herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.
There will also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by Flaxland. The festival will also have a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens, cookery demonstrations by Chef Sanjay Kumar, live shanty singers, Stilted Fishwives street entertainment, food stalls, craft stalls and craft activities.
More info: www.clovelly.co.uk