Kent’s original hop festival began in 1957 and has taken place in Canterbury and the surrounding area on the second Saturday in September each year, making this the 63rd annual Hop Hoodening. Organised by the Wantsum Morris Men this colourful and lively event is closely linked to Canterbury Cathedral where the hops are ceremonially blessed in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury. Everyone is invited to attend this free event both in the Cathedral and then around the city centre (voluntary collection taken to support it's running costs).
Here you will find the program of the day, details of the various Morris sides to be seen at the festival, information about our collaboration with our namesake Wantsum Brewery to create our special festival ale and where to source it, and a detailed section on the history of Hop Hoodening prepared by our learned and ancient archivist, Mr David Stephens, a founder member of our club over 50 years ago.
For a review of last year's Hop Hoodening see the article on page 10 of the local CAMRA magazine: purple 4th quarter 2018 issue and here you can find excepts from the day that formed part of a TV series about folk dancing around the world. See the first 7 or 8 minutes.
Our hops are donated by Wye Hops Ltd. a vital research centre for the British Hop Industry. We use them to prepare the Hop Queen's Bower.
Canterbury Cathedral Ale is brewed by Goody Ales.