The annual Faversham Food Festival takes place over three days in September 2016
Friday 16th September on Town Quay
The focus is on fish, freshly landed in the heart of Faversham adjacent to the old fish market by Bluey Walpole of Hollowshore Fisheries. High tide is at 13:00 when we plan to have fresh fish landed with fish stalls, demonstrations from lunchtime until dusk, down on Town Quay, on Conduit Street between TS Hazard and the Swing Bridge.
“The Lees Court Oysters are considered to be some of the best Oysters in the world for their consistency, taste and purity. The oysters are hand-picked and hand-cleaned, and therefore do not suffer the impurities and stress of farmed, dredged or machine-processed oysters. The Estate believes that this is a unique means of harvesting oysters from a unique environment, and they have attracted the interest of three-time Michelin-star-winning chef, Garry Hollihead, and the winner of three Michelin-stars and restaurant entrepreneur Marco Pierre White.” more
From 18:00 until dusk, join us for a fish supper down on the quayside.
Saturday 17 September throughout the town
Faversham’s regular market is supplemented by a host of food stalls and tastings, demonstrations, and talks throughout the town. New for 2016 is the Ale Trail for those who appreciate fine ales.
The Local Food Hero Award will be presented at the Faversham Food Festival Barbecue in the Phoenix Garden in Abbey Street
Sunday 18 September throughout the town
There will be food stalls and tastings, demonstrations and talks throughout the town and the marketplace will be filled with producers and food specialists. Special Festival Dishes and the now famous Sausage Trail and new this year the second day of the Ale Trail.
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 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.