Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May 2017 

The Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival aims to celebrate the area’s maritime heritage, giving local residents an event that they can enjoy and feel pride in.

The festival is rapidly becoming one of the must see events in Kent.

Further details will be published in due course. 

If you are interested in having a stall at the Food & Drink Festival, please contact The Event Umbrella.






A huge thank you to our partners who have previously supported this event 

University of Greenwich Countryside Maritime Bose

What is the Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival?

Food and drink festival

What can we expect in 2017?

foodThis years festival will continue to build on the success of previous years offering food and drink from award winning local producers. Once again we will have a wide range of locally produced foods showcased alongside foreign gastronomic delights, together with beer, wine and cider producers to titilate the tastebuds. With so much scrumptiousness available there is sure to be something to tempt even the most jaded palate.

More than just food...

Kids welcomeThe 3 day festival will be supported by some of Kent's finest musicians with the bandstand alive with different types of music. 

Dragon boats...!

Medway Sunlight RotaryThis is the 'flagship' charity event for the Medway Sunlight Rotary Club and one that is a real highlight for the spectators and those involved.

The Dragon boats are forty foot long, elaborately decorated Chinese war canoes with a dragon’s head and tail attached. You provide 16 "volunteers" to paddle a boat plus a drummer to beat out the rhythm for everyone to paddle to (which everyone tends to ignore!).

The Dragon Boat challenge will take place on Sunday 28th May and Medway Sunlight Rotary (MSR) have already received registrations of interest from teams wanting to take part.  Not only is it great fun it raises funds for the "Rotary Children's Hospice Holidays" and other Rotary supported charities.  If you would like more information or to register your participation call Allan Smith on 07956 452331 or email and ask for an information pack.  

Dragon Boat RaceAll the teams that entered last year had a brilliant time and provided a fantastic spectacle for the thousands of spectators who thronged the side of Basin 2 to cheer on their favourite team as they enjoyed the wide range of food and drink available at the Food and Drink Festival. 


Where is the Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival?

Festival location

The festival is on the riverside at Chatham Maritime and will be clearly signposted. It's free to attend and there is parking available.

Keep up to date 

This page will be updated as details of the activities and timetable become available. A festival programme will be available here as a download in the week before the festival starts.

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What do our visitors say?

“Great event & great weekend at Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival, well organised, well attended & lots of lovely people!”

“Thanks for a fantastic, well run event. Lots of really nice people & helpful staff. We’d love to do it all again.”

“Absolutely awesome day – down to the wire with the Dragon Boat racing – loved every minute.”

“Brilliant! We went on all 3 days. Obviously a shame it rained on Monday but that is out of our control, Dragon Boat racing was fab, food and drink was awesome and music and atmosphere was brilliant. Same again next year please.”

“Your festival today was fun and going well, although very wet! That is until we kept our children out of the rain in the children’s tent.”

Thank you to our sponsors 


FM Conway Turfsoil TB Holdings
Arethusa M Iles Thomson Snell & Passmore
Busy Bees KM  

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