Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:24 21 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:24 21 September 2014

Biddenden Vineyards' Julian Barnes

Biddenden Vineyards' Julian Barnes

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Don’t miss Kent’s biggest celebration of local food, drink and culture taking place from 26-28 September at Dane John Gardens, Canterbury

At the heart of this year’s Festival will be 38 of Kent’s finest food and drink producers and artisan crafts, all members of Produced in Kent, in their usual place around the historic bandstand. There are also more Produced in Kent food stalls across the site.

This year’s annual Canterbury Food and Drink Festival is the second to be run by The Event Umbrella and Made By Us Events, the respective teams behind The Whitstable Oyster Festival and Lounge on the Farm who were awarded a three-year contract by Canterbury City Council last year.

The festival is once again in partnership with Canterbury College which will be the second year that the education establishment has supported Kent’s biggest celebration of local food and drink.

Last year’s event attracted a whopping 35,000 people and proved to be a huge hit with all ages as people got to savour the best food and drink in Kent, listen to music from a choice of two stages, shop for supper and let the kids run wild in the Kids Field.

2014 promises more of the same and better with the return The Farmhouse bringing you food, drink, music for the adults while the kids can enjoy their own dedicated Kids Area, hosted by the LOTF Redcoats.

Last year’s Buskers Stage returns at the Whitefriars end of the Dane John, giving a chance for some of Canterbury and Kent’s open mic and high street specialists. The Band Stand will see some favourites from the Kent music scene and maybe even a few surprises along the way.

With more than 100 traders, two stages of music, a dedicated kids area, festival bar and ample seating this is more than just a food festival.

Organiser Victoria Hazell said: “We don’t want people to see the event as a Farmers’ Market – it is so much more. We curate it so that people want to stay all day and enjoy everything on offer. You can spend the morning perusing, lunchtime dining, listen to music and the afternoon getting your supper in. It’s free to come in and there really is something for everyone, young and old.”

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