Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May 2016
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. It is estimated that on the Sunday alone last year we attracted 6,000 people to the waterside!
The Kent Messenger described the event last year as “a foodies’ dream” and visitors were unanimous in their view that they wanted to see the festival back for another year.
The Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival is brought to you by the Chatham Maritime Trust working with The Event Umbrella
A huge thank you to our partners
What is the Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival?
What can we expect in 2016?
This years festival will be the biggest and best yet with even more 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...
The 3 day festival will be supported by some of Kent's finest musicians with the bandstand alive with the sound of blues, folk and jazz tunes, plus Kent DJs will add to the atmosphere. There’ll be arts and crafts to try, and a range of activities for children in Busy Bees Nursery and new this year a fabulous children's funfair.
There are watersports to try organised by Arethusa Venture Centre, and new this year is the flea market and brocante offering the chance to snap up a bargain piece of bric-a-brac or an undiscovered gem.
This 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!).
Races will run throughout the day over a short course of around 200 to 250 metres of Basin No 2 of Chatham Maritime.
All 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. A close run finish between the top four fastest teams saw the winners lift a magnificent trophy and contributed to over £5000 raised for charity.
Anyone interested in entering a team can download the necessary forms from the Medway Sunlight Rotary website www.medwaysunlightrotary.org.uk
Dragon Boat Challenge Programme
Download the programme to find out more about the Dragon Boat Challenge and the fantastic charities that this event supports.
Where is the Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival?
The festival is on the riverside at Chatham Maritime and will be clearly signposted. It's free to attend and there is plenty of parking is available.
Keep up to date
This page will be updated as details of the activities and timetable become available. and 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.”