The annual FREE TO VISIT Faversham Food Festival takes place over three days in September 2017. We’re making plans now, so why not contact us and get involved? This is an inclusive community festival for local people and our visitors: a celebration of the remarkable richness of our food and drink.

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September

This year we are working with Faversham Town Council and Faversham Business Partnership to feature a Medieval Fayre on Sunday with food, craft and Devil Stick Peat, the very successful Fish Night, Ale and Sausage Trails, the  Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party are  treats to look forward to – and there is a Food Photography competition this year, organized by the Faversham Camera Club.

The Festival opens with fresh fish being landed by Hollowshore Fisheries from their trawler ‘Louise’ on the high tide in the heart of Faversham, and we are featuring Faversham Oysters throughout the town’s  three-day Festival of local food and drink.

Friday 15th September – Town Quay – Fish & Oysters

Down on Town Quay on Conduit Street between TS Hazard and the Swing Bridge:

lovely 'Louise' 2016

09:00 – Fish, freshly landed in the heart of Faversham from the lovely ‘Louise’ by Bluey Walpole of Hollowshore Fisheries. High tide is at 09:00 from when we plan to have freshly landed fish for sale.   ‘Louise’, Wink and Bluey will be formally welcomed to land their fish.

Friday night is Fish Night from 6.30pm until dusk – an evening that was one of last year’s highlights. Join us for a fish supper down on the quayside – plenty of fabulous food & delicious drinks, and live music from 7.30pm!

Mark Hamilton will be selling fresh Lees Court oysters down on Town Green ‘when the boat comes in’, in the marketplace at lunchtime and in the evening for supper from 6.30pm until he sells out!

In Faversham, we are very proud of our oysters. “The Lees Court Oysters are considered to be some of the best Oysters in the world for their consistency, taste, and purity.” Read More Here.

Saturday 16th September – throughout the town

Faversham has had a Charter Market for over 900 years and one of the oldest in the country, it was mentioned in the Domesday Book 1086. The market thrives with traders selling fresh produce, artisan bread, cakes, pies and pastries, meat, fruit and vegetables and local crafts, herbs, and plants.

On the Saturday of the Food Festival, the traditional Saturday Charter Market will be supplemented with Best of Faversham traders and guest food stalls, as well as various talks, tastings and demonstrations organised by Taste Faversham in the Guildhall. There will be talks on food photography,

We are planning a repeat of the very successful  Ale Trail! Explore the beers and pubs of Faversham on our Ale Trail

On 1 or 2 days – Saturday & Sunday! £5 per person – includes souvenir Ale Trail tasting glass and tastings of 12 fine ales for you to vote on. What’s not to like? 

Beyond the church, down a leafy walkway is the Abbey Physic Community Garden where on Saturday afternoon we have live Jazz and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic sponsored by Tesco, all proceeds to the Abbey Physic Community Garden.

18:30  2017 Food Hero Award for the Faversham Food Festival will take place at Faversham Creek Hotel

20:00  Medieval Banquet at the Faversham Creek Hotel

Sunday 17th September – throughout the town

Medieval Fayre, a celebration of Faversham Oysters and our local produce

10.00 till 16:00 – there will be food stalls and tastings, demonstrations and talks throughout the town and the Market Place and Preston Street will be filled with producers and food specialists. There will be a Medieval Fayre in the Market Place and a wide variety of food and some drink (alcoholic and non- alcoholic) come along and meet the producers.

10:00 till 16:00, under the Guildhall,   Medieval Fayre Food and Craft

Sue Lamberton

 

10.30am – Harvest Festival in St Mary of Charity, Faversham’s parish church – Church Road and Church Street, Faversham. Come one, come all – celebrate the earth’s bounty!

From 10.30am – the now famous Sausage Trail Find out about the history of the Sausage Trail here!

 

10:30 Children’s Fancy Dress Competition in the Market Square. This year’s theme the Middle Ages – Knights & Ladies and the characters of Chaucer.  From 10:30-12:30 the Big Faversham Brunch in the Alexander Centre

All day, Mr. Mystery Punch & Judy – free for children and their parents and grandparents.

This year we are focussing on Faversham Oysters 

 

Medieval Jester Devilstick Peat a children’s entertainer – with attitude. Described as “The World’s Greatest Fool” will be appearing all over the festival on Sunday.

Abbey Physic Community Garden Ale & Sausage Trails, pottage and a medieval picnic 

The second day of the Ale Trail throughout the town

11.00am – 4.00pm – TasteFaversham presents a programme of talks & demonstrations in the Alexander Centre, the talks hall sponsored by Lees Court Estate

12.30pm – 2.00pm – Children’s Cookery in the Alexander Centre

 

4.00 pm –  Sausage Trail results at the Alexander Centre

This year’s official Festival charity is the Faversham Foodbank. All donations of money are greatly appreciated. There will be collecting tins around the town. Please help to support the Faversham Foodbank.

Why Faversham?

Faversham is in the heart of Kent’s garden of England. The Faversham Food Festival is run annually to celebrate its fine locally produced food and drink. Now in its third year, the Festival provides an opportunity for people to enjoy and celebrate what the East Kent triangle has to offer. Back in 2009  Elizabeth Carter, editor of The Good Food Guide and her contributors identified an area of excellence known as “the East Kent Triangle” – and the local food and drink offer has got significantly better since then.

“With Faversham forming one corner, Whitstable and Canterbury the others, it features not just acclaimed restaurants, but fishmongers, cheesemakers and markets to rival those of Ludlow – the Shropshire town that a decade ago became the epicentre of British gastron­omy due to its galaxy of Michelin stars.” Read more here.

As well as being at the heart of agricultural output, Faversham boasts a range of eateries and is a bustling market town with Kent’s oldest charter market, being mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086.

The Faversham Farmers Club was founded in 1727, very probably the oldest club in Britain.  The Canterbury Farmers Club, which still meets, was founded in 1793.

Whilst Whitstable is noted for its oysters, (in many quarters Faversham’s lesser known oysters are as renowned) and Canterbury primarily for its architectural and cultural history, it is Faversham which is at the heart of agricultural production. Kentish hops, apple orchards for cider, eating and cooking, the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale fruit centre, Faversham oysters, significant soft fruit production, Macknade Fine Foods and England’s oldest brewery Shepherd Neame, all thrive in a town with good road and rail links to London and mainland Europe via the ferries and the Channel Tunnel.