Best Food Festivals in Kent this Summer

Best Food Festivals in Kent this Summer

Ah, the great British summer. The kids have finished school, the sun is (occasionally) shining, and the Kent countryside is blooming in a vast array of coloured flora. What better time of the year is there to explore everything the county has to offer? From castles to beaches, there’s something for everyone, not least the wide variety of food festivals occurring over the summer months. Whether you’re looking for something more specialist or a day out the whole family can enjoy, we’ve compiled a list of just a few of the events going on, to make this your best summer yet!

Great Kent Chilli Festival

Hole Park, Cranbrook | 10:00-17:00 | 30/06/18 - 01/07/18 | £3 - £18

For those of you searching for ways to keep warm, as the British weather inevitably takes its time to get suitably summery, look no further than Kent’s very own Chilli Food Festival. Filled with every form of chilli imaginable, from dips to jams, and at all heat-levels, this festival has something for everyone looking to spice up their life. Want to learn how to grow the perfect chilli at home? There’ll be a talk for that. Need to learn how to cook the best curry for an upcoming dinner party? Expert chefs will be donning their best apron to show you. This is looking to be a fab day out for all, with an international range of food stalls to choose from, from Mediterranean favourites to the classic burger; a chilli eating contest to scare even the bravest amongst you; and a charity chilli con carne cook-off to find out who makes the best chilli in Kent. With an inflatable slide and mini carousel to keep the children entertained, this might just be the best way to kick off your family’s summer!

For more information, visit their website.


Mote Park, Maidstone | 12:00-20:00 | 25 - 27/08/18 | Free Entry

Kick off your bank holiday weekend by attending Maidstone’s multicultural food festival. Set up to celebrate the many cultures living in Maidstone and the surrounding area, the festival is named after the Georgian word for the feeling of not being able to stop eating because everything tastes so good. Alongside the mouth-watering array of food on offer, this festival will feature music, dance and crafts from around the globe. Using local produce from Kent, don’t miss out on this opportunity to try delicacies from Georgia to South-East Asia and beyond.

For more information, see their Facebook page.

We Love Hythe Life Food Festival

Hythe Cricket and Squash Club | 11:00-19:00 | 25 - 27/08/18 | Free Entry

If you’d rather try out more local delicacies, then the Hythe Life Food Festival should be on your bank holiday to-do list. Featuring cooking demos from Top Kent Chefs, this festival will feature artisan food stalls showing off the best produce the county has to offer. Be sure to grab a glass of Pimms or a local craft ale, before you enjoy live music from one of the two music stages. With a children’s play area to entertain the little ones, this festival is truly an event for the whole family.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Great Big BBQ Fest

The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood | 09:30-18:30 | 01 - 02/09/18 | £3.50 (free to under-14s)

There are few things that symbolise a truly British summer better than a BBQ, so why not finish your summer by attending one of Kent’s biggest? With 40 food stalls to choose from and a selection of local beers and ciders to enjoy, you’ll be spending the first few hours of your visit just deciding what to eat! This festival will also be holding an eating competition for those of you up to the challenge, alongside live cooking demos, music and children’s entertainment. There will even be a shuttle bus from Paddock Wood to make your day as easy as possible. So, kick back, relax, and celebrate the kids going back to school in style this September.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Deal Food and Drink Festival

Deal Castle | 10:00-20:00 (times vary each day) | 07 - 09/09/18 | Free Entry

What sounds more idyllic than watching live music whilst eating an international array of food, all in the grounds of a 16th Century castle? Not much to be honest. Well, this is exactly what Deal’s Food Festival will be offering in September. With a range of local, national and international foods to choose from, you are bound to find 1 or 2 (or 20) dishes to your liking. Then, to finish off your meal, be sure to try one of the many ales and craft beers for sale. There will also be rides for the children to play on, as well as craft stalls ready to help you find the perfect present for upcoming events.

For more information, see their Facebook page.

Country and Food Festival

Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge | 11:00-17:00 | 09/09/18

Set in the 35 acres of grounds surrounding Chiddingstone Castle, this food festival aims to help you enjoy some classically British countryside traditions. Featuring a dog show and terrier racing, as well as music and shopping stalls, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy. On top of all this, there will be a range of food stalls for you to explore. More information will be released nearer the time, so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep updated.

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