2017 Programme

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The annual FREE TO VISIT Faversham Food Festival takes place over three days in September 2017.  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 2017

Faversham Town Council are sponsoring the festival this year. Renowned jester Devil Stick Peat,  Sue’n’Dave Lamberton re-enactors from Faversham, the Canterbury Tales, Flora the Singleton Giant and Red Riding Hood will all be in the Market Place on Sunday with a children’s fancy dress parade at 11:30. The very successful Fish Night, Ale and Sausage Trails, the  Teddy Bears’ Picnic and the Medieval Feast 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 more

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 & Wink 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 by the 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 8.00pm! Hollowshore have a fish barbeque,  Boutillier and the Smart Bar will be providing drinks. www.boutilliers.com and www.smartbarcompany.co.uk

10:00  – 15:30 Tesco has a sustainable mackerel tasting session for children and adults at their town centre store. 

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!

20:00 pm – live music from Lowering the Tone

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 more

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 in East Street, as well as various talks, tastings and demonstrations organised by Taste Faversham in the Guildhall. There will be talks on food photography, game and much more besides

10:00  – 15:30 Tesco has a sustainable mackerel tasting session for children and adults at their town centre store. 

12:00 to 18:00 The famous Ale Trail! Explore the beers and pubs of Faversham on our Ale Trail – a mini real ale festival.

Over 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
Saturday at 11:30 Richard Senior will give a guided walk of the garden and talk about growing vegetables
 14:30-16:30 Live Jazz from Mike Porter-Ward and Friends
15:00 Teddy Bears’ Picnic
sponsored by Tesco, all proceeds to the Abbey Physic Community Garden. £3 per ticket, bring your teddy. Tickets on sale from the customer service desk in Tesco from 6th September.

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 Menu


Sunday 17th September – throughout the town more

A celebration of our local produce and Faversham Oysters and a medieval theme.

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 theme 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,  Devil Stick Peat,  Sue’n’Dave Lamberton re-enactors from Faversham, the Canterbury Tales, Flora the Singleton Giant, Red Riding Hood,  and a Succulent Hog Roast. Opened by the Mayor of Faversham, Councillor Shiel Campbell, at 10:30 am

Red Riding Hood performances top of West Street 12.00 noon, 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm – bring your children to meet Red Riding Hood!

Faversham Waytes  performing outside 12 Market Place at 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm 

Sue Lamberton


10:00 – 16:00 Tesco are promoting Farm to Fork with a rural stall at the front of the Guildhall 

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!

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


From 11.30am – the now famous Faversham Sausage Trail Tast five sausages for £3.50 and vote for your favourite. This year’s competitors are Butchery at Macknade,, Giggly Pig,  M B Farms, Snoad Farm Meats and  Stour Valley Game. Who will win the people’s choice this year? Find out about the history of the Sausage Trail here!

The Experts’ Choice this year will be decided by
Phil Harris Owner The Sportsman, Seasalter
Scott Pendry Head Chef Red Sails Restaurant, Faversham Creek Hotel
Harold Goodwin Faversham Food Festival

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


Download a medieval cookbook



11:30 Children’s Fancy Dress Competition in the Market Square. This year’s theme the Middle Ages – Knights & Ladies and the characters of Chaucer.  There is no charge to enter. Assemble at the bottom of West St to parade past the Guildhall.
Presentation of the prizes by Mayor of Faversham, Councillor Shiel Campbell.

Prizes from Canterbury Tales and Tesco

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This year we are focussing on Faversham Oysters 


Flora the Singleton Giant will attend the Festival





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,  medieval pottage – a bowl of soup made with Abbey Physic Community Garden vegetables with cob bread from Tesco – all proceeds to the garden. From 12.30 pm until the soup runs out. 

The second day of the Ale Trail throughout the town

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



5.30 pm –  Sausage & Ale  Trail results outside 12 Market Place

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.