Experience the Best of Kent at the annual Broadstairs Food Festival next month.
Broadstairs will be celebrating all that Kent has to offer with its largest food festival yet. There will be more than 100 independent producers, primarily from Kent, offering everything from jam to gourmet sausages and chutney to handmade chocolate. All this and it is free to enter.
The Theatre Marquee will be home to a whole raft of workshops: Knife Skills, Meet the Food Writers, Olive Oil tastings and loads more. Cheese lovers will be bowled over by the four Heritage Cheese masterclasses, including how to create the perfect cheese board. Pre-book to take part in workshops and tasting sessions to improve your culinary skills.
In need of a drink? Drop into the vintage styled tea parlour or the main festival bar for a refresher. This year, the festival is introducing a deposit scheme for reusable drinking glasses, aiming to drastically reduce the amount of waste generated on site.
Organisers say the commitment to reducing waste and plastic recycling will be stronger than ever, moving towards a 100% compostable packaging policy.
Event organiser Jo Scott said: “We are getting drastic with plastic. With additional exhibitors this year, the organisers and local businesses sponsoring the festival are extremely passionate about waste and plastic recycling. Our traders are encouraged to use paper packaging, paper straws and recyclable plastics. We’ll be introducing a deposit scheme with reusable cups for our alcohol sellers and encouraging people to bring their own coffee cups.”
Taking place in Victoria Gardens, and Promenade from Friday to Sunday, October 4-6, gates open at 10am and close at 6pm on Friday and Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Entry is free with ‘Pop a Pound’ buckets for people to donate if they wish.
New for 2019, is the festival’s support for Thanet Food Link, a community food resource to which a percentage of the collection will be given.
While taking in all there is on offer from the Kent producers, festival goers can also hear live music from the bandstand. Children can enjoy face painting all weekend and on Sunday, the Theatre becomes the festival’s very own arthouse – with colour-in tablecloths and table mats and a story-teller to keep the smallest members of the family happy. There is a policy of assistance dogs only on site.
Broadstairs Food Festival is a registered, not-for-profit, Community Interest Company.
How to get there:
Served by the Loop Bus or it’s a 10-minute walk from Broadstairs Railway Station.