Bluewater celebrates the Best of Kent

PUBLISHED: 08:34 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:34 09 April 2015

Macknades popup at Bluewater

Macknades popup at Bluewater

Archant

Bluewater is hosting collection of pop-up retailers this spring to celebrate the Best of Kent, including Faversham’s Macknade Fine Foods and Leeds Castle

Organised in conjunction with Visit Kent and Produced in Kent, four Kent-based businesses have taken a pop-up each from 1 April to 4 May in a variety of locations within Bluewater.

Macknade Fine Foods – 1,700 sq ft pop-up on the lower Rose Gallery. Macknade Fine Foods is the South East’s leading food hall, built on a 170-year history of food, farming and retailing in Faversham. It stocks over 120 suppliers from Kent, with produce including cheese, groceries and beverages, and is hosting tasting sessions throughout its residency at Bluewater. Macknade was recently named the Best Local Retailer 2015 at the Taste of Kent awards for the second year running

Creative Foundation – an independent arts charity from Folkestone, Creative Foundation’s aim is to transform the town through art, highlighting Folkestone’s Creative Quarter in particular. The pop-up at Bluewater, a 1,500 sq ft store on the upper Rose Gallery, is hosting a series of artists and makers, workshops and demonstrations

Experience Leeds Castle – 1,300 sq ft experiential store on the lower Thames Walk. The pop-up provides Bluewater’s guests with the opportunity to discover ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, with expert talks on the castle’s 900-year history throughout each day. Guests can also try medieval stocks and meet ‘Frank the Clank’

The Wooden Spoon – celebrating its 40th year, The Wooden Spoon is a leading local producer of preserves that operates from a converted traditional Kent Oast house, The Wooden Spoon has a 2,000 sq ft unit on the upper Rose Gallery. In addition to selling preserves, the store serves Bluewater’s guests Kentish Afternoon Tea

Commenting on the pop-ups, Robert Goodman, Bluewater’s General Manager, said: “Bluewater’s Best of Kent pop-ups are another example of our focus on providing something different for guests on every visit. Each of the four adds to the overall Bluewater experience and they have all been very popular with our guests already.

“As importantly, we are delighted to be showcasing such great local businesses and products, providing them with high visibility at such a popular time of the year at Bluewater.”

Sally Roger of Visit Kent, added: “Best of Kent is a great initiative and one we were delighted to help Bluewater deliver. Each of the four pop-ups offers something very exciting and unexpected for Bluewater’s guests, and in return benefits from the significant profile Bluewater enjoys throughout the South East and London.”

The Best of Kent initiative is the latest in a series of innovative pop-ups to appear at Bluewater. Brands such as Tesla, Volvo and the Science Museum have all created highly successful brand experience stores at Bluewater in the last 12 months.

For more information on exciting events and activities at Bluewater, visit www.bluewater.co.uk

More from Food & Drink

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Kent Life Food & Drink Awards finalists, as nominated by our readers, are all local heroes in our opinion – meet the 2020 winners

Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020

‘Kent, sir, everyone knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women,’ proclaims a character in Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers. We have gathered some traditional dishes from around the county that were borne of the fruitful orchards and seas of Kent

Read more
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Andy has a confession: he loves the side dishes almost more than he loves the roast turkey. Here are three of his all-time favourites. Article first published in Dec 2018

Read more
December 2018
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Kent Life spends a festive morning with Christmas Bake Off star Jane Beedle in her Faversham home. Article first published in Dec 2019

Read more
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Get everything you need to keep everyone fed and watered throughout the Christmas period or pick up a gift or two from these great Kent producers

Read more
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

English wine is gaining in popularity and this winter could be just the time to try a few.

Read more
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Here’s something for all ages at our Halloween supper – the cocktail can be adjusted to be alcohol free for the kids | Words: Julie Friend - Photos: Julie Friend

Read more
Friday, October 23, 2020

With its wealth of culture, vibrant shopping areas and enticing eateries, Canterbury and its surroundings have much to tempt locals and visitors at this time of year.

Read more
Thursday, October 22, 2020

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2020! Congratulations to our wonderful finalists!

Read more
Friday, October 9, 2020

No Sunday is complete without a roast dinner, and in the glorious county of Kent you’ll be spoilt for choice with fantastic places to go. We have picked 12 great places where you can indulge in a roast with all the trimmings

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Latest Competitions & Offers



Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Latest from the Kent Life