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ASHFOOD! Elwick Place’s first food and drink festival is a sweet success

‘ASHFOOD!’, a family food and drink festival, took place over the weekend of July 1st and 2nd at Ashford’s Elwick Place and welcomed over 1,000 visitors to the area during the event.

With a vast array of treats on offer, visitors enjoyed wines from Meophams Wines, prosecco from Fizzy Flamingo, cocktails from hide bar by herd. and drinks from Elwick Place’s Picturehouse cinema, Matches Sports Bar and Leo & Sage café. And, guests were spoiled for choice when it came to delicious eats with the likes of Il Pakkero’s famous pizzas, Jay’s Soul Food, Wild Souls Greek Street Food, Pasta Rasta and sweet treats from Margate’s renowned Cookie Man. Leo & Sage were also on hand with their famous gelato and Picturehouse samples from their menu.

The event opened on Saturday with a performance from local artist Roxanne Hicks. Visitors enjoyed performances from The Rec, Tasha McCoy, Ashantii Elliott & Lakenya, and Steve Flash DJ throughout the day. Sunday saw more impressive local talent performing, with Hythe Dance School, Madison Lorann, Towers School, Liv 2 Dance and finally, the East Kent Chorus choir taking to the stage to wow the crowds.

In addition to the treats and talent, there was plenty of fun for the family with face painting, bracelet making and the opportunity to decorate your own chef’s hat. Plus, for those fancying a little friendly competition, Elwick Place’s Matches Sports Bar had sports challenges over the weekend and gym Snap Fitness hosted a spin the wheel competition as well as offering nutritional advice.

“What a fantastic weekend our inaugural ASHFOOD! festival was” says Sam Ready, MD of SidewaysMedia who hosted the event with Elwick Place. “Thank you to all of the wonderful suppliers, performers and to the team who worked really hard to make sure the event was a success. And of course thank you to everybody who came and enjoyed the weekend at Elwick Place.”

Sam Ready, managing director, SidewaysMedia

“We were so excited when Elwick first opened and then it never really got going. Today has been great! We were unsure about seating etc, but the benches are great, so great we’ve stayed for 2 hours longer and 3 more drinks.”

Attendee, AshFOOD

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