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5th Broadstairs Food Festival

6th August 2013 Print

Now celebrating its fifth year, the Broadstairs Food Festival combines energy and enthusiasm for Kent produce with a passion for providing East Kent with a truly independent community festival.

Held annually in the picturesque seaside town, this is the highlight in East Kent’s food festival calendar, attracting between 40,000 and 50,000 plus visitors. The main action is a free entry 3-day Food Fair when the promenade and Victoria Gardens become home to over 100 food and drink stalls. There are artisan beers and ciders, Kent cheeses, organic and sourdough breads, stacks of preserves and chutneys and a host of hot food stalls.

Andy McLeish from the Michelin starred Chapter One restaurant, Locksbottom, will be headlining in the Kitchen Theatre on Friday 4th October.

Other demonstrators will include local chefs and students of East Kent College, prime sponsor to the Festival.

Festival favourite TV chef Dev Biswal from Margate's Michelin-listed Ambrette Restaurant, recently declared the ‘Best Indian Restaurant in Britain’ by Morrisons magazine, will again will again be demonstrating his cooking skills. The Ambrette has also been name ‘Best Restaurant in Kent 2103’ in the Taste of Kent Awards.

“The Fayre celebrates, showcase and champions Kent’s food heritage and diversity from sea to shore, field to fork,” said Festival Director Jo Scott, who added, “The event promotes Broadstairs’ and Kent’s quality food businesses and restaurant, driving the county’s reputation as a progressive and exciting food destination.”

Bring the younger family members along to enjoy the free Children’s Workshop mornings with a variety of activities planned including bread and pizza classes.

The Festival includes a number of fringe events in the days prior to the Food Fair. Back by popular demand is the Gala Supper on October 1st at East Kent College where the students plan, prepare and serve seven courses of fine dining. Local restaurateurs, cafe owners, musicians and the Thanet Film Club are joining in the spirit of the Festival. Fringe events encompass poetry, film, music and of course, food!

Dates for the Autumn Food Fayre: 4th – 6th October. Gala Dinner 1st October. Opening times: 10am -5pm

Location: Victoria Gardens Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QS

About Broadstairs: Thanet’s Jewel in the crown Broadstairs. Situated on the north-east coast of Kent, Broadstairs, along with the neighbouring towns of Margate and Ramsgate are collectively known as the Isle of Thanet, separated from the rest of Kent by the Wantsum. Broadstairs is regarded as the “Jewel in Thanet’s crown”.

Thanet has a heritage rich in agriculture, fishing and tourism. A profusion of hop fields, cherry orchards and root crops gave Kent the title of the Garden of England. Thanet Earth has been successfully, producing a range of salad crops in environmentally-friendly industrial sized hydroponics glasshouses.

In the past decade, the infrastructure around Thanet has changed dramatically. New roadways have opened up transport links between the Eurostar terminals of Ebbsfleet and Ashford and improved journey times to the ports of Dover and Folkestone. New high-speed rail links have slashed journey times from Thanet to St Pancras International – bringing London, Brussels and Paris within commuting distance. KLM will introduce twice daily flights to the hub airport of Schiphol, starting in Spring 2013.

Thanet benefits from its relaxed lifestyle, warm, dry microclimate, seven sandy award winning bays, award-winning restaurants and friendly welcome.

The locality offers traditional bucket-and-spade family holidays and a wealth of upmarket tourist attractions.

The Broadstairs Food Festival works closely with Produced in Kent and Visit Thanet.

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