Here’s the Pick of Kent’s Summer Food Festivals
Kent’s famous for many things. These include its beautiful countryside, its stunning coastline, and, above all, the amazing produce that comes from the county’s 220,00 hectares of farmland where 2,700 farms and smallholdings grow everything from hops to apples. It’s also where 90% of the UK’s cherries are grown, and 50% of all plums.
It comes as no big surprise that the Garden of England takes great pride in its produce, celebrating it throughout the Summer and early Autumn with a wide range of fairs and festivals where food is very definitely the star of the show.
Ashford Food Festival – throughout July
For the first time ever, the town of Ashford is holding its very own food festival. The aim is to promote the area’s food and drink businesses to visitors from near and far. The event is set to last for the whole month, and it all kicks off with a two-day event called ASHFOOD! to be held over the first weekend in July in Elwick Place.
It’s set to be full of local producers, restaurateurs and food retailers, plus there will be live music for all to enjoy. Other exciting events taking place during the festival include a number at the Coachworks as well as producers’ markets and tasting sessions.
Another real highlight will be the chance to learn how to make the perfect pizza, courtesy of the team at Italian street food experts Il Pakkero, The 90-minute sessions are due to be held on the 13th, 20th and 27th of July and demand is sure to be high. So make sure that you book your place in good time.
Canterbury’s Cooking, Food and Drink Festival – 22nd-24th September
Canterbury’s Dane John Gardens will once again be the venue for another of Kent’s major food events of the year. Over three, hopefully sunny, days there will be more than a hundred traders, a couple of music stages and plenty more besides. The event is seen by its organisers as not simply a showcase for locally-sourced food and local produce, but also a community-led celebration both of Kent and Canterbury and the ever-increasing ways in which food is making its way into the culture.
These include TV shows like Masterchef and Bake Off, which have shown that food is a sure-fire rating’s winner. And even online slots sites like Mr Q are getting in on the act. Their extensive menu of games feature titles of the sorts of foods you’re sure to come across at any of these festivals, including Spicy Meatballs and Cupcakes. And, naturally, there is also a whole Kentish orchard’s worth of produce featured in more traditional games with names like Fruit Party and Fruit Warp.
Broadstairs Food Festival – 29th September -1st October
Finally, there’s the chance to enjoy a weekend by the sea in beautiful Broadstairs enjoying food stalls, workshops and live chef demonstrations at the Broadstairs Food Festival. And who knows? If we’re enjoying an Indian Summer come the end of September, you could even go for a swim!
So there you have them. Three great festivals that every Kentish foodie will love. Bon appétit!