128…The 45th Dieppe Herring Fair

by frances doherty on November 16, 2014

Since the beginning of the 70′s Dieppe has celebrated its seasonal run of herring. This year was the 45th year it was held and it’s as popular as ever.

Herring fair poster

Herring fair poster

Each year an artist designs the poster and they are always colourful and fun like this one.

As soon as you arrive in Dieppe you are enclosed in a pall of smoke, and by the time you go home, you have picked up a faint aroma of kipper….but nevermind the barbecued herring is cheap, the wine is hot and everyone’s having a good time.

Special containers are set up to smoke the herring,

smoking containers

smoking containers

and these salty old seadogs are smoking and selling them at a lick. Other vendors are more circumspect,

the only way to barbeque

the only way to barbeque

and are sensible enough to wear masks…though they all look vaguely scary. The herrings are 1 euro, the baked potatoes 50 cents…..you can’t go wrong…and the seagulls do well out of it too.

As in Britain there are plenty of hipsters around with their full face beards…..but this chap wins hands down,

splendid moustache

splendid moustache

with his splendid walrus moustache.

Wandering along we came across a stall selling wine……and I’m not entirely sure they would get away with this in Britain,

that's not Buckfast

that’s not Buckfast

but it made us chuckle (sorry Kieran)

This long autumn has meant the leaves haven’t coloured as spectacularly as they often do….but in the garden we have a Japanese maple which never fails to give us a real blast of autumn colour,

a riot of colour

a riot of colour

and this year it has a backdrop of yellow and green leaves to contrast against. Lovely.

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