The Pantiles - Tunbridge Wells
PUBLISHED: 20:26 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 February 2013
Food Festival on the Pantiles<br/><br/>Enjoy a weekend of gourmet delights on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2013 when the third Food Festival takes over this beautiful and historic part of Tunbridge Wells
Food Festival on the Pantiles
Enjoy a weekend of gourmet delights in May when the third Food Festival takes over this beautiful and historic part of Tunbridge Wells
The Pantiles third Food Festival is set to take place in Tunbridge Wells historic heart on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2013.
In previous years, the Pantiles has enjoyed crowds of 10,000 people during the weekend. With more than 50 stallholders selling hot and cold food, fresh produce, alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages and other tasty treats - local producers have enjoyed unprecedented sales.
The festival focuses on the wonderful fresh Kent and Sussex produce, much of which is a feature at The Pantiles regular farmers' and craft markets, held on the first and third weekend of each month.
Plans are in hand to convert the bandstand into an alfresco kitchen to host a number of local chefs demonstrating their skills, and to be the setting for a series of fringe events with guest speakers.
This year there are three great additions to the festival. The first is the announcement that Rosemary Shrager, local cookery school doyenne, celebrity chef and Im a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant, will be this years Patron of the event.
Rosemary will open the Festival and also appear on the demonstration stage on Saturday, with additional events hosted by her eponymous Cookery School taking place on the Sunday.
Rosemary says: Im absolutely thrilled to be Patron of this years Pantiles Food Festival. What could be better than a Food Festival on the doorstep of my new Cookery School, featuring all the wonderful local food and drink that lured me to Tunbridge Wells in the first place? I cant wait to take part.
The second cause for celebration is the opening of The Tunbridge Wells Hotel in the heart of the Pantiles. Run by well-known local restaurateur Julian Leefe-Griffiths, it offers a full-service French Brasserie and a fining Dining Boucherie Grill Restaurant. Julian comments: It was a beautiful building that was just waiting to be rejuvenated, were so happy with the refurbishment and have now created the perfect place to eat great food and just relax and watch the world go by,
Finally, the Marques of Abergavenny continues his rejuvenation of the Lower Pantiles with both the Corn Exchange and Victoria House undergoing redecoration and both featuring for the first time in the Food Festival.
The Food Festival is organised by The Association of Pantiles Traders, a voluntary committee of the areas shop, caf and restaurant owners.
A not-for-profit event, the Food Festival aims to promote fresh produce, buying local, and bringing people to the lower end of town, where there is a wealth of interesting independent shops, pubs and eateries.
Chair of the Association, Richard Simm says: The previous success of the Food Festival has set the bar high for this years event, and the association is having to work very hard to plan another great event.
Its one of the highlights of the year. Im so pleased we can host some of the best food producers in Kent and Sussex alongside Tunbridge Wells best restaurants and Rosemary Shragers new cookery school and highlight the town as a culinary capital.
The Pantiles is proud to have such a wonderful array of shops and restaurants, so make sure that when you visit this stunning and historic part of Tunbridge Wells that you check out all it has to offer it is sure not to disappoint.
Photographs courtesy of David Bartholomew www.davidbartholomew.co.uk