Broadstairs Food Festival.

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Broadstairs Food Festival. Reviews

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Another great festival. Sep 30, 2017
Readers of my current journal, to which this review is hopefully attached, will know that I had stayed rather longer than anticipated in Broadstairs and so was still in town on the last weekend of September and that meant another great festival to add to the wonderful Folk Week I had already played at as Broadstairs is also home to an excellent food festival on that weekend which I was bound to go to.

Kent is often referred to as the "Garden of England" and it is not hard to see why. From Kentish lamb to cider, hops to supply the many small breweries that seem to spring up every week, wonderfully fresh seafood (notably Whitstable oysters which the Romans even exported to Rome!) the list is virtually endless and it really is home to quality eating and drinking establishments of every description from the humble "chippy" to award winning haute cuisine restaurants.

Broadstairs is also home to the highly regarded East Kent College whose alumni include the multi-award winning chef Gary Rhodes and have now just come up with a brilliant and unique (in UK anyway) concept whereby they have opened a luxury hotel (including restaurant etc.) in what was part of the college where senior students wishing to train for the hospitality industry literally learn their trade "hands on" albeit under supervision from professionals.

All the above gives Broadstairs a more than reasonable pedigree for a food festival and although it is a relative baby compared to Folk Week (which is over 50 years and counting), having only been going since 2009 when a dear friend of mine was running it, it has established a very good reputation amongst foodies. It just seems to get bigger and better every year and whilst the produce offered is mostly local there are also vendors from much further afield.

There are numerous demonstrations in the "chef's tent" which are normally by paid ticket although general access to the festival is free as well as paid events in various other locations about the town.

Apart from a simple "go here" suggestion, my insider tip is to try and get there on the Friday if you can as the Saturday is utterly mobbed out. I found this out to my cost when I could get nowhere near the bar at the beer tent which is due to obvious understaffing by the outsourced company that do it now. Last time I was here it was a local publican of my acquaintance running the show and a couple of friends were amongst the crew working the bar. I left without even having had one pint which is unheard of behaviour for me. Sunday is less busy but it closes early (1600) and many of the stalls have sold out of their most popular lines as they don't want fresh produce just sitting about.

To attract an estimated 50,000 visitors to a small seaside town off-season must tell you something about how good the festival is and hopefully the images will give the reader some idea.

Highly recommended.
Broadstairs Food Festival 2017.
Broadstairs Food Festival 2017.
Broadstairs Food Festival 2017.
Broadstairs Food Festival 2017.
planxty says:
Broadstairs is a strange place and it is an open secret how much I love it. It is odd in htat it has changed a lot in some ways and yet in other respects it is still as I remember it from when I started playing here about 25 years ago or more. It really is a bit of an enigma.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2017
davejo says:
Interesting to know about the festival and some great bread in your photo. Broadstairs must have changed a lot since i was a teenager
Posted on: Oct 10, 2017
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