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Food Festival

With delicious dishes and wonderful weather, this year’s Faversham Food Festival served up a treat for the town.

The fabulous foodie weekend began with Fishy Friday, the once-a-year landing of fresh fish on Town Quay from Hollowshore Fisheries’ boat ‘Louise’.

Hollowshore Fisheries’ boat ‘Louise

Vessel and catch arrived to a warm welcome from Mayor Alison Reynolds followed by a great fresh fish sale. Children’s entertainer ‘Juggle-it-All’, started the evening’s fun while traders served food and drink and musicians and entertainers were joined by the cast of Hartley’s Companie in full medieval ‘lords and ladies’ costume.

Saturday saw stalls at St Mary’s Parish Church and Church Road, while the Abbey Physic Community Garden hosted a full day of events including children’s classes, food tasting and afternoon jazz. And on Sunday the town centre was filled with a foods and drinks market, testings and tastings, music and competitions.

Organiser Kate Stefanko described the festival as “Faversham at its community best”.

“It was lovely to see locals and visitors strolling around town, chatting together about our fabulous town and the foods and drinks created here,” she said.

Now in its fourth year, the popular event was inspired by the hugely successful Ludlow Food and Drink Festival in Shropshire. The Faversham Food Festival team admit to borrowing a few ideas from Ludlow, including the Sausage Trail, the Ale Trail and this year’s Pudding Tasting, But they mixed in some original Faversham flavour with events such as the Oyster presentation competition and cake contest.

“A fantastic weekend!” was Faversham Mayor Alison Reynolds verdict: “A wonderful event with amazing food, fun and entertainment enjoyed by so many.”

Photos: Peter Smith


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