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The Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival is back for 2022 - bigger, better and longer!.

Chatham Food and Drink Festival

Welcome to the Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival Jubilee Edition! After a 2 year hiatus we are so excited to be back, bigger, better and longer; and what better weekend to do it – a 4 day weekend to celebrate HRH’s platinum jubilee!

Celebrating our Maritime heritage and giving local residents an event that they can enjoy and feel pride in

Our festival continues to build on the success of previous years offering food and drink from award winning local producers. We offer 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.

The 2022 festival is FREE to attend and runs from Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 4th June from 10 am to 6 pm and on Sunday 5th June from 10 am to 5 pm.

More than just food…

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


Note: Shalamar is not the famous group of the ’70s and ’80s.

What else is on for Thursday 2nd June:

10.00-18.00  Dock Square Kid Areas / Messy Play & Fun Busy Bees Nursery

10.00-18.00  Machine Shop & Quayside / Funfair

10.00-18.00  Basin 1 Historic Boats / Dutch Barges & Historic Tugs

10.00-18.00  Basin 2 Watersports / Paddle Sports Party BYO



What else is on for Friday 3rd June:

10.00-18.00  Dock Square Kid Areas / Messy Play & Fun

11.30/13.30/15.30  Basin 1 Dutch Barges / City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

10.00-18.00  Machine Shop & Quayside / Funfair

10.00-18.00  Basin 1 Historic Boats / Dutch Barges & Historic Tugs

10.00-18.00  Basin 2 Watersports / Endurance Sailing – hire a sail boat and meet the challenge!


What else is on Saturday 4th June:

10.00-18.00  Dock Square Kid Areas / Messy Play & Fun

10.00-18.00  Machine Shop & Quayside / Funfair

10.00-18.00  Basin 1 Historic Boats / Dutch Barges & Historic Tugs

10.00-18.00  Basin 2 Watersports / Hire a paddleboard or sailing boat and test out your sea legs.


What else is on Sunday 5th June:

10.00-17.00  Dock Square Kid Areas / Messy Play & Fun

10.00-17.00  Machine Shop & Quayside / Funfair

10.00-17.00  Basin 1 Historic Boats / Dutch Barges & Historic Tugs

10.00-15.30  Watersports / Dragonboat Challenge from Medway Sunlight Rotary.  The awards for the Dragonboat race will take place at 16.30.

The festival is held alongside Basin 2  at Chatham Maritime and will be clearly signposted. It’s free to attend and there is parking available.

This page will be updated as details of the activities and timetable become available but for up to the minute information follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Food and Drink

We have a fantastic range of food and drink producers to tempt and tickle your taste buds…

Traders for 2022:

Sally Newall | Butternut Box | Aroma Brazilian Food | Myo’s Japanese Food |  Hide & Greek | Kelsey Roffey | Heavenly Sausage | Seawise | Car Designs |   Fine Food Lands | Mama’s Treats | Gustavo Grade | Greek2Go | Famous Faces by Jon | Kent Cider Company | Spanish Homemade | Willo Beans | Pork & Co |  Rad Burger | Monami Eat | Karmsueticals | Lickalix  and a lot more.

Live Music

We have fantastic music from local bands and a DJ throughout the festival for 2019; see below.

Saturday 25th May

11.00am – Cloud Nine Jazz
12.00pm – Fred Clark
13.00pm – Brendan Power & Joe Jones
14.00pm – The Quiet Americans
15.00pm – John Doggeral & the Bad Poets
16.00pm – The Cream Crackered band
17.00pm – Rachel Lowrie

Sunday 26th May

11.00am – The Peninsula Big Band
12.00pm – Luna Blues
13.00pm – Ani Graves
14.00pm – The Old Country Crows
15.00pm – Jonica Thomas
16.00pm – Dragon Boat Prize Giving
17.00pm – Covered

Monday 27th May

11.00am – Corin
12.00pm – The Quiet Americans
13.30pm – Rough Common
14.30pm – The Spittin’ Feathers
15.30pm – Lindy Hoppers
16.30pm – The Old Country Crows

Dragon Boats!

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!).

The Dragon Boat challenge for 2022 takes place at Basin 2 Chatham Maritime on Sunday 5th June.  This is the sixth year that Medway Sunlight Rotary Club has organized this fun event and it looks like this year will be bigger and better than ever.

Teams arrive from 9.00am
Races from 10.30am, finals at 4.00pm
Medals and trophies at 4.30pm

Entry forms and all relevant information can be found on their Medway Sunlight Rotary website.

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.

Take a look at Medway Sunlight Rotary Club’s video for the 2017 Dragon Boat Challenge.


The festival is held alongside basin 2 and the marina.

The park and the dockside will be lined with food and drink stalls and the bandstand will host live music from local acts and a DJ throughout the festival.

Lots of free parking...

This year, there will be ample free festival parking at the Universities at Medway campus, a short walk to the event site. The route to the parking, and the walk from the car park to the festival site, will be clearly signed. Blue Badge holders will be able to use a designated car park next to the festival. Make sure you follow the correct signage to the car park you need.

If you’re coming via satnav, use ME4 4TB and then follow signs to the event (or if you’re a Blue Badge holder use ME4 4QZ and then follow signage to Blue Badge parking). To avoid any confusion, turn off your satnav once you see the event signs.

We’re asking festival goers not to park on St Mary’s Island, as it impacts on residents. And finally, just a reminder that Medway Council Enforcement Officers work over the festival weekend so unfortunately if you park illegally you do risk a parking ticket.

A huge thank you to our Sponsors!


Chatham maritime Trust run the festival every year using en event management company, The Event Umbrella,  to organise and manage the stalls and entertainment.

If you are a trader wishing to take space at the festival please register with The Event Umbrella.

What our visitors say...

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.

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.

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

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

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

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