Monday, 5 September 2011
What the heck is a Hop Festival?
There are also live performances in most of the pubs in town. My hubby (sadly no pix of him) had fun singing 6 of his new songs at the singaround at the Bull on Tanner Street.
Music, dancing, craft booths, food vendors, and beer. Yes, the hops are used to make beer.
Even though we don't drink alcohol, hubby and I are happy to support the festival as it is really more about families and having a fun day out.
It's also good for the local Faversham small businesses.
The local shops make up fantastic displays during the Hop Festival commemorating those original families.
The best display I saw was the one at Obidosh on Preston Street. It was awesome. Why it didn't get an award makes no sense. :P
There were lots of Molly dancers on Saturday. Blackened faces (originally with soot, today with face paint) dressed in black garments adorned with scarves, ribbons or sashes.
Originally all males, with one dressed up as a woman, Molly or Bessy. Today both men and women dance. And not all paint their entire faces.
Me giving away free pencils to the kids at the Hop Festival info booth. We sold t-shirts, tea towels, canvas bags and teddy bears to promote the Festival.
In all it was loads of fun. If you are ever in southeastern England the first of September, be sure to come to Faversham. You'll have a blast.