The annual FREE TO VISIT Faversham Food Festival took place over three days in September 2016.
For reports see
There is more detail on the pages for individual days – this is the Festival overview. Please click on the links below for more information.
Thursday 15th September – Fleur Hall (pre-festival event)
Duncan Harrington on the Faversham Farmers Club – [more information]
Friday 16th September – Town Quay and in the town
1.00pm – Fish, freshly landed in the heart of Faversham from the lovely ‘Louise’ by Bluey Walpole of Hollowshore Fisheries. High tide is at 13:00 when we plan to have freshly landed fish for sale. ‘Louise’ and Bluey will be formally welcomed by the Worshipful Mayor of Faversham Councillor Shiel Campbell
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 Quay ‘when the boat comes in’, in the marketplace at lunchtime and in the evening for supper from 6.00pm 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 17th 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.
Keep a look out for special festival dishes at all of the above in locations throughout the town!
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 tastings and demonstrations.
New for 2016 is the 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? Full details and ticket information can be found here
Also – there will be a host of stalls in St Mary of Charity, parish church, and they will be selling tea and cakes. Beyond the church, down a leafy walkway is the Abbey Physic Community Garden , where on Saturday afternoon there is live jazz from Trio de Romance & a Teddy Bears’ Picnic
2.00pm to 5.00pm – live jazz from Trio de Romance in the Abbey Physic Community Garden (fund-raising for the Garden). Trio de Romance: Mike Porter-Ward Double Bass, Charles Sherwood Clarinet/Saxophone, Ernie Kranenburg Guitar
3.00pm – in the Abbey Physic Community Garden, a Teddy Bears’ Picnic sponsored by Tesco.
£3 per ‘teddy’ with 1 child and 1 adult, all proceeds to the Physic Garden – full details and ticket information can be found here
The 2016 Food Hero Award for the Faversham Food Festival
7.30pm – celebration supper in the garden of The Phoenix Tavern in Abbey Street – £4.00 per person – includes a popular supper of mini fish ‘n’ chips and mushy peas or macaroni cheese – full details and ticket information can be found here
8.30pm – presentation of the Award by Faversham & Mid Kent MP, Helen Whately – who will be this year’s Local Food Hero ?
Sunday 18th September – throughout the town
10.00am onward – 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.
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 including last year’s winners MB Farms and Baldy’s Butchers … as well as Independent Trotters & Macknade Butcher. Find out about the history of the Sausage Trail here !
MB Farms & Baldy Butchers will have their stalls outside their shops, Independent Trotters has a stall in the Market Place. In the Abbey Physic Community Garden, Macknade master butcher, Roy Campbell, will be cooking this year’s Macknade Sausage – here’s John Fleming again talking about community involvement! £3.50 per person – tasting & voting for your favourite sausage ! Reserve your tickets in advance!
Also, the second day of the Ale Trail throughout the town – full details and ticket information can be found here
11.00 – 12.00 – master butcher, Roy Campbell of Macknade Fine Foods, butchers a lamb – meat for sale afterwards
12.00 – 12.30 – Dev Biswal, chef and proprietor of the Ambrette Restaurants talks about ‘why in Kent?’
12.30 – 13.00 – David Ware talks about Ediblescultures
13.00 – 14.00 – Bluey and Fiona Walpole talk about Lees Court Estate Oysters and their fishery business
15.00 – 16.00 – Elizabeth Roberts talks about the Farming Year at Lees Court and why farming matters.
12.30pm – 2.00pm – children are invited to bring along a parent to watch them make their Dream Pizza and share it – an opportunity to let your imagination run wild and eat it together. £4 per child sponsored by the Co-op in support of Faversham Foodbank – full details and ticket information can be found here
3.00pm – 4.30pm – Mad Hatters Tea Party in West Street – come and join Alice and the Mad Hatter for a Tea Party like no other …! No tickets necessary – just come along and buy tea and cake!
3.30pm – Sausage Trail results in the Market Place
6.30pm & 7.30pm – Gala Dinner with TasteFaversham at the Red Sails Restaurant
£35 per person – Please book your table by Thursday 15th September to ensure we have enough time to order food for your dramatic menu. Join us to close the Festival in style ! Head chef, Scott Pendry, has created a special fish-based menu, using fish from Bluey Walpole of Hollowshore Fisheries – full details and ticket information can be found here
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 Foodbank.
Faversham Business Partnership
We would like to extend special thanks to Faversham Business Partnership for the valued contribution toward promoting the Food Festival with traders throughout the town – their help is greatly appreciated.
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.