Food And Drink Festival

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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.

Fun RunWhat is new for 2017?

On Monday 29th May Chatham Rotary Club in partnership with The Event Umbrella have organized The Big Purple Fun Run - a charity fun-run around Chatham Maritime in aid of Stroke Association.  You can jog, walk or dance your way around the course and dressing up in purple is encouraged with prizes for the best dressed.  The course is roughly 4km long and is suitable for all ages and abilities; dogs and buggies are welcome!  Registration opens at 9.30 am with the race starting at 10.30 am.  To register online or for more information click here  

The Dutch Barge Association and the Dunkirk Little Ships will be berthed in Basin 1 on all three days.

There will be music on all three days of the event - the Peninsula Big Band , Smokin Mavericks, The Old Country Crows, Cloud Nine Jazz, The Lovecats, The Marrables, The Quiet Americans and a whole lot more.  You can see the the full line-up below.  If that wasn't enough to entertain you then various members of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra will be doing a series of 45 minute slots on the Dutch barges on the Saturday.    

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

Food and Drink Festival




A huge thank you to our partners who are supporting this event 

University of Greenwich Countryside Maritime University of Kent 
Red Alert Security Copper Rivet Turfsoil
 Spitfire Rotary  

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...

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

The programme of music over the three day event is as follows: 


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.  If you would like to join a "Paddler's Pool" either now or on the day your name can be added to a growing list.  As with all team paddlers, training will be given on the day and you will have a very good chance of being invited to help out teams looking for spare paddlers.  They are also recruiting for "Stewards" who can assist on the day with some of the logistical challenges that come with staging such an event.  This could entail handing our free programmes or acting as wayfinders in response to enquiries from the public - if you are interested give Allan Smith a call on the above-mentioned number.      

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. Take a look at Medway Sunlight Rotary Club's video for the 2017 Dragon Boat Challenge, click here.  

Some 4,000 Medway Sunlight Rotary Dragon Boat programmes have been printed and will be popping through the letter box of homes on St. Mary's Island during May.    


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 

Sponsors & Friends

FM Conway M Iles TB Holdings
 Barge Association Thomson Snell & Passmore  


Chatham Maritime Food And Drink Festival 2017 - General Press Release

Chatham Maritime Food And Drink Festival 2017 - Little Ships and Dutch Barges Press Release

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