If you’re looking for something unusual to do this month, then head to the Devon village of Clovelly for a festival that’s a bit fishy. Yep, November is the time when Clovelly Herring Festival takes over the quay as this humble yet nutritious fish is celebrated.
This year it takes place on Sunday 21st November and the day will be used to promote this underrated food that’s often called the ‘Silver Darling’, and support sustainable fishing. So, what will be happening at the festival? Well, there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy whilst visiting the village.
Exhibitions and demos on fishing and flax
The Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will be there. His “Kipperland” exhibition is devoted to the history of all things herring. Smylie will also turn herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse, which you’ll be able to purchase if you fancy. Another festival regular and event highlight is Flaxland’s exhibitions and demonstrations. Discover how the flax plant is used to make a vast range of products. And an exhibition of Clovelly’s herring fishing will also be on display for the event.
Down on the quay, kitchens will serve a variety of tasty herring dishes, along with beer, gin and cider tastings. There’ll also be local food and craft stalls to peruse. And throughout the day there’ll be a mix of live music and street entertainers to keep you amused. There’ll also be activities including face-painting and an art workshop.
Never eaten a herring or kipper before? Herring is an oily fish. And whether it’s fresh or smoked, it’s said to be an excellent source of healthy nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins including Selenium. So, there you go!
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When: 21st November 2021, 10am – 4pm
Where: Clovelly village, near Bideford, Devon
£: Admission to the village costs £8.25 for an adult and £4.80 for children. A family ticket costs £22.25 and children under 7 years go free
More info: www.clovelly.co.uk