Explore The Foodie Delights of Kent: Upcoming Food Festivals

Phoebe Shipton  ·  8th July 2024

Kent, the garden of England, bursts into vibrant life every summer with an array of food festivals that celebrate the rich bounty and culinary creativity of the region. From the coastal charm of Broadstairs to the historic streets of Faversham, these festivals offer a delightful mix of local produce, gourmet experiences, and a lively atmosphere. Here’s a guide to the very best foodie festivals in Kent this summer.

Italy Uncorked at Macknade | Faversham – July 15th


Kick off your culinary adventure with a taste of Italy right in the heart of Kent. Italy Uncorked at Macknade Fine Foods in Faversham is a celebration of Italian gastronomy. On July 15th, immerse yourself in the flavours of Italy with an impressive selection of wines, cheeses, and cured meats.

Wine-tasting sessions guided by experts will transport you to the sun-drenched vineyards of Tuscany and beyond. Pair your wine with freshly made pasta, sweet cannoli, and other Italian delicacies. The festival’s lively atmosphere is enhanced with live music and entertainment, making it a perfect outing for families and food lovers. For a cosy stay nearby, consider booking a room at The Old Cherry Barn in Faversham, offering charming accommodations to complete your Italian-themed getaway.


Deal Food & Drink Festival – August 25th to 27th










Head to the charming coastal town of Deal for the Deal Food & Drink Festival from August 25th to 27th. This festival showcases the best of Kent’s culinary scene with a strong focus on locally sourced and sustainable produce.

Explore stalls brimming with freshly caught seafood, organic vegetables, and handmade chocolates. Attend cooking demonstrations and workshops where local chefs and food producers share their expertise. With live music, a vibrant atmosphere, and the picturesque seaside setting, this festival promises an unforgettable weekend for all. For a comfortable stay in Deal, check out The Hide, The Drift, or Princes Cottage, all of which offer delightful accommodations close to the festival activities.


Brogdale Cider Festival | Faversham – August 26th to 27th










The Brogdale Cider Festival in Faversham is a must-visit for cider enthusiasts. Held from August 26th to 27th, this festival celebrates Kent’s rich apple-growing heritage with a variety of local ciders, ales, and perries.

Sample an array of ciders made from apples grown in Brogdale’s own orchards. Enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, and a selection of delicious food stalls. This festival is perfect for those looking to enjoy a laid-back day in the heart of the Kent countryside, savoring the best ciders the region has to offer.


Faversham Hop Festival – September 2nd and 3rd










The Faversham Hop Festival, held on September 2nd and 3rd, is a tribute to the town’s rich brewing heritage. Celebrating the end of the hop-picking season, this festival transforms Faversham into a lively hub of music, dance, and beer.

Stroll through streets lined with stalls offering a variety of local ales, craft beers, and ciders. Enjoy delicious street food, live music across several stages, Morris dancing, and a traditional hop-pickers’ parade. This festival is a fantastic way to experience the local culture and indulge in some of Kent’s finest brews. For a convenient and comfortable stay, book a night at The Bothy, a charming accommodation option in Faversham.


Sausage & Cider Festival | Quex Park – September 2nd











Taking place on September 2nd, the Sausage & Cider Festival is a celebration of two classic British favorites. Held at Quex Park in Birchington, this festival brings together a mouth-watering selection of gourmet sausages and refreshing ciders.

Sample a wide variety of sausages, from traditional recipes to innovative new flavours, all perfectly paired with local and regional ciders. The festival also features live music, games, and entertainment for all ages, making it a great day out for the whole family. If you’re looking somewhere close by to retreat back after the fun, take a look at our range of Margate accommodation or cottages in broadstairs all within a short drive to Quex Park. 


Broadstairs Food Festival – September 30th to October 2nd











As autumn approaches, the Broadstairs Food Festival offers a fitting end to the summer’s festivities. From September 30th to October 2nd, the picturesque seaside town of Broadstairs becomes a food lover’s paradise.

The festival features over 100 stalls showcasing the best local and regional produce. Enjoy freshly caught seafood, artisanal cheeses, and delectable pastries. Watch live cooking demonstrations by top chefs from Kent and beyond, and pick up new recipes and cooking tips. The bustling street food market offers a diverse range of international cuisines, making this festival a must-visit for any foodie. For a delightful stay in Broadstairs, consider Liberty Cottages, which offers cosy accommodations close to all the festival action.

Join in the fun!

Kent’s food festivals are more than just events; they are a celebration of the region’s rich culinary heritage and vibrant community spirit. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie looking to explore new tastes, a family seeking a fun day out, or a visitor wanting to experience the best of Kent, these festivals offer something for everyone. So, mark your calendars and get ready to savour the very best of Kent’s food and drink this summer.


About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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