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Date: 01 September 2013
Category: Special Events
During the hop picking heydays of the 1920s and ’30s, almost 100,000 Londoners poured into Kent in late August/September each year. Whole families would join the East End exodus and, for them, the hop harvest was their annual working holiday.
Once the harvest was complete, larger farms would organise a party for the “hoppers” on site, while village greens and halls would provide the venue for such festivities for seasonal workers from other growers.
The carnival atmosphere of the hop harvest lives on at the annual Faversham Hop Festival. Shepherd Neame stages a variety of events at this popular, colourful festival which recalls the traditional celebrations.
The festivities commence as the Mayor arrives at the opening ceremony aboard the Shepherd Neame horse and dray (Sat only). The weekend also features street entertainers, a myriad of musical acts, puppet shows for the young (and young at heart), a parade including vintage Shepherd Neame vehicles (Sun only), stalls and hops galore. A special Hop Festival Ale, will be available at the brewery and in many of the town’s pubs for this weekend only.
Hops & Hop Picking Exhibition
Don’t miss the FREE display in The Old Brewery Store which tells a little of the history of hops and hop picking in Kent. There’s also hop picking memorabilia, historic films of hopping and brief hop talks. Some of the company’s vintage vehicles will also be on view and the Old Brewery Store bar will also be open.
One of the highlights of recent festivals has been the Brewery Stage in Court Street which this year will again feature live music from an array of fantastic acts. This year’s line up is as follows:-
11.30 – 12.15 Bill Jones Five
12.30 – 13.15 Sur Les Docks
13.30 – 14.15 The Nat Franklin Trio
14.30 – 15.15 Ricky Fleming
15.30 – 16.15 Geoff Everett Band
16.30 – 17.30 Jam Sandwich
12.00 – 12.45 Fate the Juggler
13.00 – 13.45 The Crossfire (The Crossfire are performing at The Old Brewery Store on 5 Dec - more details)
14.00 – 14.45 Dai and The Ramblers
15.00 – 16.00 Benzego
16.15 – 17.00 Scarlet Rae and The Cherry Reds
Line up and timings subject to change