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Broadstairs Food Festival 2017

Twice a year since 2009 Broadstairs Food Festival takes place in Spring and Autumn. Both events seem to grow and get better every time so we are currently in a state of excited anticipation for the next one which takes place Friday 29th September till Sunday 1st October 2017. We are counting the days!

Festival Location

Broadstairs Food Festival from above
Broadstairs Food Festival in Victoria Gardens, seen from above

The above image has been take with a drone camera and shows the stunning location for the Autumn Broadstairs Food Festival perfectly. (The Spring Fair Food Festival takes place in Pierremont Park in the heart of the town). The small beach at the top of the picture is Louisa Bay, off to the left, on the other side of the bandstand and clock tower, is Viking Bay, Broadstairs’ main beach. So the Festival site is right between the two, on the clifftops overlooking both beaches.

It is in Victoria Gardens next to the bandstand, a lovely spot. In addition the stalls stretch up all along the seafront promenade overlooking the golden sands of Viking Bay.

Throughout the Festival you will see and smell and hear the sea as well as all the yummy food on offer. The fresh sea air might help give you a good appetite as you make your way round all the stalls. Be ready to eat for England, Kent and where ever else you may have come from, you are in for some tasty treats for sure!

Festival overview

This Autumn the organisers have promised more than 100 food stalls, featuring mostly regional produce from across Kent and the South East of England with much of it from the immediate local area. The Festival also offers some exciting international fare from the continent and beyond.

The Chef’s Theatre, sponsored by the Taste of Game Association, will have tasting workshops and cooking demonstrations with a particular focus on some of our finest local chefs.

Refreshment areas will include the Cider House and a Vintage Tea Parlour by Broadstairs charming Bessie’s Tea Parlour. Bessies won the 2017 Kent Food Producer of the Year Taste of Kent award .

Children are also well catered for with food related activities like simple cooking and cake decorating workshops specially provided for young Festival visitors.

There’s easily enough for you to see and eat if you choose to visit the Festival on all three days.

Bring your cash, leave the dog at home!

Entrance is free and there are lots of free samples from many of the stall holders but be warned, once you’ve sampled that nibble of delicious Kentish cheese, chutney, chocolate or whatever it is that is enticingly offered as you browse, you’ll probably find you’ll want to buy some of it.

Not everyone is able to accept payment by card so do bring a few quid to be able to indulge yourself.

In case you were thinking of it – don’t bring the dog. Furry friends are not allowed on the Festival site as it can get pretty busy.

Chef’s Theatre

We’ve had advance notice of some of the chefs who will be on the stage at the Chef’s Theatre. The full list of chefs and demonstration timings will be published on the Festival website later this month.

Richard Hunt debuted in the theatre last year and was hugely popular, being highly entertaining and knowledgeable. He is a Master Baker and also MD of Devon Scone Co and executive chef to the Taste of Game Association. Catch him demonstrating dishes made with with local Kentish game.

Local favourites not to miss in the Theatre include: Yarrow Hotel Broadstairs’ head chef Ben Williams; Ian Mather of the Empire Rooms in Ramsgate; representatives from Quex Barn in Birchington and exciting newcomer to the Broadstairs foodies scene; Ben Crittenden of Stark in Broadstairs (previously head chef at the Westhouse, Michelin starred restaurant in Biddenden). Ben has had incredible reviews since opening earlier this year (including from Marina O’Loughlin in the Guardian). To dine at Stark you now need to book well in advance so it’s pretty special to have the opportunity to watch this massively talented chef cook at a free event.

Cookery book writers Lucy Cuflin,the kitchen shortcut queen and Catherine Phipps, pressure cooker proponent, will also demonstrate recipes from their books, signed copies of which will be for sale all over the weekend.

Broadstairs food festival Related events

As well as the main Festival itself there is a packed programme of related events. Book these in advance as they are all likely to fill up. See the Festival website to find out about all the different events, prices and how to book. We share details of just three of them below:


Cheese & Wine Master Class
Fri 29 September 2017 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Chefs Theatre, Food Festival Site

Cheesemakers of Canterbury and Kingcott Dairy, along with Biddenden’s Vineyard, are hosting a cheese and wine master class. More than your usual cheese and wine event! Sample three wines, a cider and an apple juice alongside five fabulous Kent cheeses. The goal is to make your mind up which you think make the best match. Tantalise your tastebuds.


Taste of Kent​
Tue 19 September 2017 7:00 for 7.30 pm
Yarrow Hotel, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs

The Festival’s Taste of Kent supper in the smart Yarrow Hotel in Broadstairs will be an elegant evening featuring a five-course tasting menu, using the best of local produce devised and delivered by head chef Ben Williams and his talented team. Kent wines, beers and spirits will be available at the bar.

​Dress to Impress – Gin Workshop​
Sat 30 September 2017 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Chefs Theatre, Food Festival Site

Gin is very much the spirit of the moment. Broadstairs shop, The Offy, has more than 50 varieties and owner, Julie Harmer, is a gin expert. Let Julie guide you, whether you usually like your gin shaken or stirred, or you’re not too sure what you like best. Each gin has their own unique way they can be served. Julie will help you identify the different aromas of each gin and suggest how you can dress your drink to really zing the flavour!


see you at broadstairs food festivaL?

We hope you can make it to Broadstairs for the Food Festival this Autumn. It’s such a lovely event and we are so proud of all the local producers showcased throughout the weekend. Use the form on our home page to check the availability of our comfortable Broadstairs holiday lets if you want to stay in the area.  The well equipped kitchens in all of our properties mean you can really enjoy cooking some of the local produce that will be available to buy all weekend and you will be close to all the action for the daytime and evening programmes.

Share your Broadstairs Food Festival pictures with us on our Facebook page – we’d love to see them!

Broadstairs Food Festival 2016

One of the major annual events in our lovely town is the Broadstairs Food Festival, which takes place each autumn in Victoria Gardens overlooking Viking Bay.  This year the Festival is on from 30th September to 2nd October.

The Festival site is a lovely spot, with fresh sea breezes wafting aromatic scents of tasty Kentish produce across the site, as visitors browse their way round the many stalls and demonstration tents. A glance away from any of the stall displays reveals stunning views of the bay and you can be on the beach itself in 2 minutes, or in one of the many local restaurants and cafes that line the shore, whenever you are ready for a change of pace.

Bunting fluttering in the breeze, tunes floating across from the adjacent bandstand, foodie treats from over 100 stalls with the Festival bar and restaurant tent buzzing with activity and plenty of treats, you’re sure to have a good time at the Food Festival.

It is food and drink heaven for the full three days – and what’s more it’s free to enter!

Broadstairs Food Festival
Broadstairs Food Festival


food festival stalls


Broadstairs Food Festival still life with lobster overlooking Viking Bay
overlooking Viking Bay


Ticketed Festival events around town include a Champagne Cocktail Party at the newly opened and very smart Yarrow Hotel and Taste Workshops, a Spanish wine and tapas evening at knockout local tapas bar, Albarino, a seafood supper at the trendy Belgian styled Fish and Beer restaurant/bar and masterclasses in cheese pairing and gin tasting (these are separate events, naturally!).

Free events include wine tasting at our well loved local independent wine merchants The Bottleneck on the Sunday evening.

See the Festival website’s ‘around town’ listings

Demonstrations by well known chefs will include:

The Guardian’s Catherine Phipps, who has written “The Pressure Cooker Cookbook” packed full of one pot pressure cooker recipes and the rather splendid “Chicken” which has over 200 recipes for the bird, beyond the classic roast. Anyone who has to feed a family every day and wants to keep things interesting will find Catherine a font of knowledge for keeping your culinary life fresh and fun.

Also baking queen, Lucy Cufflin, who makes imaginative and delicious cooking and baking easy for even the least confident of cooks to produce. Lucy has written Lucy’s Foods and Lucy’s Bakes and runs a popular deli, also called Lucy’s Food in her home town of Leicester.

Take a peek at the exhibitors list and start planning your menus now – if you’re here for the full three days you’ll be glad you have booked to stay with Beeches Holiday Lets in Broadstairs. You’ll be close to the action and have the luxury of a fully equipped kitchen and dining area so you can really make the most of all the wonderful Kentish produce you won’t be able to resist picking up. Foodie inspiration is guaranteed here at this unique event!

Eat out while you’re here of course, but eat at home too, relax and enjoy all your home from home comforts in your Broadstairs holiday let.

The Festival organisers make it clear that featuring quality local produce is their priority. Biddenden and Harbourne vineyards, Cheesemakers of Canterbury and Winterdale Cheese, a host of local brewers, including the teeny ones like the Four Candles brew pub, artisanal and fancy backed goods, game, nuts, herbs, scandalously good chocolate (that closeness to Belgium plays well for East Kent chocolate you know), chutneys, pickles and preserves and more. However you’ll also find surprises like Thai and Indian food by local kitchens, fresh loose tea and locally roasted coffee.

Get in touch soon if you want to be here for the Festival – we’d love to provide your accommodation to make your stay Broadstairs the best it can be!



Broadstairs Food Festival – October 2nd – 4th 2015


Broadstairs Food Festival Victoria Gardens

With around 100 stalls of delicious food and drink and associated activity on the seafront every October, the Broadstairs Food Festival is basically foodie heaven.

The event is free to enter but bring your wallet and a shopping bag – and come hungry – you are going to want to indulge while you are here!

Expect local favourites like Little Stour Orchard, Wyatt and Jones, Bessies Vintage Tea Parlour, Nethergong Nurseries, Lola and Company, Ramsgate Brewery, Goupie Confectionary and many, many more….  with additional scrummy international flavours from the likes of The German Sausage Company and Taste of Vietnam adding to the mix.

Click here for the full list of exhibitors.

The packed event programme is worth scrutinising in advance to plan your time:

As an example – Broadstairs very own Chetna Makan, from Great British Bake Off, will be teaching visitors how to make two very special dishes – one sweet and one savoury  – in a ticketed session which will include plenty of time for questions and answers on the Saturday at 10:30am. Last year Chetna’s demonstration, her first live cooking demo ever, was interrupted by Paul Hollywood – to everyone’s great amusement! This year’s Cooking with Chetna session is certain to be a treat, once again, for those who can get tickets.

Chetna Makan and Paul Hollywood at Broadstairs Food Festival 2014

Contact the Festival organiser, Jo Scott to reserve your place for this and any of the other special events taking place around the Festival.

If you can’t be here for the Festival itself you can still get a taste and be a Festival supporter by getting tickets for the Festival Gala Dinner on 29th September, or the Rioja Masterclass, with tapas, at the heavenly Albarino on 30th September, or the Seafood Supper at Wyatt and Jones on 1st October…or….

OR… perhaps you just want to get here early and make the most of these and the other advance events AS WELL AS attending the Festival … well who could blame you. That’s certainly the way to make the absolute most of what’s on offer at this very special food focussed time in the town.

If you don’t want to miss a moment of this fabulous Food Festival – or the build up – get in touch now to book your accommodation with us. We’ll be happy to give you a comfy spot to lay your head and a base for all your foodie adventures during the Festival – including a well equipped kitchen where you can cook up a storm for yourself and your party using all the top quality ingredients you’ll be gathering on your grazing tour!

Broadstairs Food Festival website.

Join in the Broadstairs foodie conversation with Broadstairs Food Festival on Twitter and Facebook.




Broadstairs Food Festival Spring Fair 2015

Food Festival is scrumalicious

Broadstairs Food Festival delivers two of the highlights of the Broadstairs calendar. The main event happens in October on the seafront and at Easter they hold their Spring Fair at Pierremont Park in the heart of the town.

The Spring Fair in 2015 is on Sat 4th – Mon 6th April.

Expect over 50 stallholders selling mostly Kentish fare but with some delicacies from further afield as well.

The full list of exhibitors for 2015 is listed here.

As Kent is known as the Garden of England the county naturally is a food lover’s delight. Come and enjoy the fruits and produce of our fields as well as fish and shellfish from the surrounding sea and some of the best quality meat you will likely ever eat – both game and ethically farmed. Sample scrumptious baked goods and artisan coffee from Lola and Company , browse the real ales from small local breweries and learn about some of the local micropubs from the local ale enthusiasts, if that’s your thing. Veggies and indeed those with any kind of dietary restriction are sure to be as delighted as everyone else. The organisers do a great job of ensuring the stallholders between them offer a wide range of goodies that will please all tastes.

Graze for the day around the park, enjoy musical entertainment, find a comfortable bench to rest a while under the trees with perhaps a tray of something extra tasty in your lap.

The Broadstairs Food Festival is non-profit event run by volunteers who are all passionate about our town and good food – their friendly faces and commitment to make your experience one to remember make the whole day out extra special.

For full information on the tempting foods on offer this Spring click here. Or find the Food Festival on Facebook to get a full flavour of both events and join in the foodie chat!

The main event in October takes place October 2nd – 4th in Victoria Gardens adjacent to the bandstand.

Don’t forget to book your Broadstairs holiday let with us for your visit to the fair either at Easter or in October. Food Festival time offers a great focus for a break by the sea.

Seafood seller at Broadstairs Food Festival Spring Fair


Broadstairs 2017 seaside events

We are excited about 2017 and as the holiday season will soon be starting up again we thought we’d use this post to  tell you about some of the upcoming events, as well as things to do and places to go, for your perfect English seaside holiday on the East Kent coast this year.

Vikiing Bay in Broadstairs
Viking Bay in Broadstairs

Broadstairs is set in the heart of the Isle of Thanet on the East Kent coast of England, between the two larger towns of Margate and Ramsgate, all three of these traditional English seaside resort towns have sandy beaches and many amenities for holidaymakers. Many people say that Broadstairs is the jewel of Thanet and we are inclined to agree – the town is also known historically as Star of the Sea – after the ancient Star of the Sea shrine that was situated here in medieval times – on the site of what is now The Chapel (a very cool and quirky bar which is also a music venue and book shop.)

You can get here in just over an hour from London and yet many Londoners may not know the town, since the fast train service (HS1) from St Pancras is relatively new and it used to be a 2 hour journey by rail, which meant resorts in Sussex that were quicker to get to (Brighton and Hastings in particular) have tended to be better known, despite the fact that Thanet beaches are sandy and the area has so much else going for it it has, for many years, been less front of mind for Londoners, simply because it used to take that bit longer to get to. But with HS1 that is changing – fast.

Thanet is rapidly becoming more and more in vogue as a place to go. Tourist visitor numbers in 2016 were up around 30% on the year before.  Broadstairs remains a quintessential traditional English seaside resort with golden arcs of sand, ice cream parlours, fish and chips, crazy golf a bandstand and formal gardens all a short stroll from each other in the centre of the town.

You can still get those slower trains, they leave from Victoria and if that’s closer for you you might prefer to come via that route which is also cheaper than the HS1. Driving here is generally an hour or so from South East London and up to two hours from other parts of the capital.

In 2017 look out for the following events (and see Visit Thanet for full listings for Broadstairs and the wider area):

Also check out:

And browse our other blog posts and also the wonderful Isle Magazine online before you come, for even more inspiration!

If your heart’s desire is simply to hang out on the beach and go for walks then cosy up in your comfortable Beeches Holiday Let at the end of the day, you’ll find lots of cliffs and beaches to enjoy – 26 miles of stunning Thanet coastline (seven golden sandy beaches in Broadstairs alone) will keep you happily exploring for as long as you want to be here.

We look forward to seeing you in Broadstairs 2017! Check availability for your preferred dates using the form on our homepage – and book soon to be sure to get the holiday accommodation you require.