Food Festivals in Kent
Festival season has arrived and there’s every reason to eat, drink and be merry in Kent this year!
The Garden of England will be showing off its culinary credentials with a whole host of festivals dedicated to sensational food and drink. Whether you a sucker for street food or passionate about Prosecco, it’s time to tempt your taste buds.
And if you want to know where to find more fantastic food and drink fresh from the Garden of England to make your own foodie masterpieces, check out our round up of farmers' markets in Kent.
Royal Tunbridge Wells Food Month
Travel deep into the heart of Kent and discover picture-perfect Royal Tunbridge Wells. With rural landscapes and fertile soils producing an abundance of luscious crops each year, this beautiful town offers the perfect foodie treat for you taste makers. Visit during September for ‘Food Month’ to bite into in some fresh and local sun-kissed produce. With two food festivals, a beer weekend and four markets which all showcase different delicious dishes, you’ll probably want to stay a few days to fully indulge. With a range of accommodation available in this quaint area, you’re sure to find the perfect place to sleep off that food coma.
Deal Food & Drink Festival
Now in it's third year, Deal Food & Drink festival has become a favourite for foodies across the county. Set to be its best year yet, visitors of the 2019 festival will be treated to a variety of local, national and international dishes to really tickle those taste buds. Bite into one of the tantalising treats whilst taking in the boasting views of 16th Century Deal castle and the stunning seaside- There's no better way to try the fabulous flavour of delightful Deal.
7th - 8th September
Fabulous entertainment, local chefs, stars of the Great British Bake Off, and fun things to do for the kids, the new Taste of Kent Food Festival in East Malling has all the ingredients to be a weekend of celebrating the best food and drink Kent has to offer.
Eat Drink Margate
All foodies rejoice as Dreamland is turning those food fantasies into reality. From farmers markets to beer and cider tents, Dreamland's first food festival has something for everyone's taste buds. With talks from professionals, live music and an Ice Cream-land featuring 32,000,000 different combinations, why not get a flavour of Margate for a legen-dairy day out?
26th - 28th September
With a promise of more than 100 food and drink stalls running through Dane John Gardens, along with Kent's annual fresh hopped beer festival, this favourite is a celebration in local produce. Keep an eye out and an appetite ready for this one!
Enjoy your weekend
26th - 28th September
Held in the beautiful setting of Lullingstone Castle, the Food Fest will be bringing the best Kent has to offer from its local farmers, markets, breweries, vineyards and local producers of fine foods. You can also ensure your little foodies are completely happy by taking them with you to enjoy interactive cooking, circus acts, inflatables and much more!
4th – 6th October
Sensational food and drink is served up with a side of sea views at the Broadstairs Food Festival. Tour 100 stalls of regional produce and sharpen up your skills with workshops and live chef demonstrations. If the weather's good, you can always burn off the extra calories with a dip in the sea!
Sea views and great food
With Kent's reliable transportation links, Southeastern railway and Stagecoach bus service, travelling around the county's food festivals couldn't be easier (or cheaper). Especially with Stagecoaches' brand new express route which runs through cultured Canterbury, to the bustling town of Chatham, finally landing at the Capital in about 2 hours. The service also runs late at night so you can come out of hiding when the words 'designated driver' are muttered...