Faversham Hop Festival 2013

Posted: 30 August 2013

Blog category: Faversham Hop Festival

Faversham plays host to the annual Hop Festival this weekend and visitors to this year's festivities can expect a weekend of fine Kentish food, beer and entertainment as 20,000 descend on the UK's hop-growing home.


The free festival, which takes place on August 31 - September 1 recalls the days when hop-pickers travelled from London by train to take their annual working holiday, bringing in the harvest and ending their stay with huge parties.

The carnival-like atmosphere offers something to suit all tastes. Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with three live music stages in the town centre, showcasing folk groups, rock bands and local musicians throughout the weekend. For details see below

Faversham pubs will also host live music and entertainment from Friday evening. The Anchor, Railway Hotel and Market Inn boast outdoor stages, and other pubs hosting bands include the Chimney BoySun Inn, The Bull , The Bear and The Three Tuns.

Ale fans can enjoy a real treat with a pint of Queen Court Harvest Ale, brewed especially for the festival and made using fresh, green hops. The beer will be available from Shepherd Neame pubs and bars outside the brewery in Court Street.

Visitors looking for a bite to eat can choose from traditional inns and superb restaurants. The Sun Inn, a charming ale house in the conservation area of Faversham, offers contemporary British dishes with local and seasonal influences, while the Anchor Inn in Abbey Street serves dishes using fresh local ingredients that are sourced to make each dish so well renowned.

There’s also the Railway Hotel, a Victorian pub featured in the Good Beer Guide, the ideal spot to enjoy a pint of ale. Visitors can dine in the pub’s restaurant, which serves high-quality, locally sourced dishes.

Shepherd Neame’s multi award-winning Visitor Centre is opening its doors for brewery tours and special hoppers’ lunches over the weekend. Visitors will have the chance to see inside the heart of the working brewery and, of course, enjoy a tutored beer tasting with Shepherd Neame ales such as Spitfire and Bishops Finger.

Town Stages

Brewery Stage - Court Street
Spitfire Stage - Market Place
Master Brew Acoustic Stage - West Street
Preston St. Stage

For more information, see the official Faversham Hop Festival website