Faversham Hop Festival
Relive the Hop-Picking experience with a weekend of traditional, festival fun set in the picturesque medieval town square and surrounding streets.
Saturday and Sunday, 3 and 4 September, 2011
(Dates to be confirmed)
Entertainment at the annual Faversham Hop Festival includes live music featuring local, regional, national and international talent, world renowned street theatre, colourful processions; and an array of Kent’s local produce for sale throughout the town.
The Faversham Hop Festival is a celebration of the hop harvest and the heyday of hop picking, when thousands of Londoners came down to the Kent Hop-Gardens every September for a country holiday with pay.
Many families returned to the same farms, generation after generation, to be joined by every available local worker to form the largest agricultural workforce this country has ever seen.
As they worked, they exchanged stories, scandals and songs. In the evenings they sang, drank and played music and games. During Hop Festival celebrations the town will resound to the clatter of clogs, music and song with dance groups from across the UK performing in the streets.
In addition during the weekend there will be concerts, ceilidhs, exhibitions, craft stalls, Shepherd Neame brewery visits, live music in local pubs and hops galore.
It encourages visitors to Faversham and thus helps to boost and sustain the local economy.The event began in 1990.
The organising committee consists of dedicated and enthusiastic members of the local community who give their time freely for the good of the town.
The Festival is funded in part by sponsorship from local and national businesses, who recognise the value of positive PR to their image within the community.
Where: Faversham town centre
When: 03 Sep 2011 to 04 Sep 2011
Time: 9.30am to 5pm both days
Check details on the official website: Faversham Hop Festival
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015