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

Chatham Food and Drink Festival

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

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!

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.

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

11.00 – Ella Bouvard

12.00 – Shalamar Baker

13.00 – Spittin’ Feathers

15.00 – The Old Country Crows

16.00 – Delta Blues

17.00 – The Islanders

Thursday 2 June

Friday 3 June

11.00 – Jonica Thomas

12.00 – Kentish Sax

13.00 – The Midnight Blues Band

14.00 – Fred Clark

15.00 – The Quiet Americans

16.00 – John Doggerall & The Bad Poets

17.00 – Rough Common

Saturday 4 June

11.00 – Peninsula Big Band

12.00 – Cloud 9 Jazz

13.00 – Blake Sonnett

14.00 – Fred Clark

15.00 – Flashback

16.00 – Thomas Ashby

17.00 – Mainly Sax

Sunday 5 June

11.00 – The Ashborys

12.00 – It’s Complicated

13.00 – Love Cats

14.00 – Joe Jones

15.00 – Brendan Power

16.00 – Chinese Learning Paradise

16.30 – Medway Sunlight Rotary Dragon Boat Awards

Watersports and more...

Thursday 2 June

10.00 – 1800 – Dock Square Kids’ Areas: Messy Play & Fun with Busy Bees Nursery

10.00 – 18.00 – Machine Shop & Quayside: Funfair

10.00 – 18.00 – Basin 1: Historic Boats/Dutch Barges and Historic Tugs

10.00 – 18.00 – Basin 2: Watersports – Paddle Party BYO

Friday 3 June

10.00 – 1800 – Dock Square Kids’ Areas: Messy Play & Fun with Busy Bees Nursery

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 Sail – hire a sailing boat and meet the challenge!

Saturday 4 June

10.00 – 18.00 – Dock Square Kids’ Areas: Messy Play & Fun with Busy Bees Nursery

10.00 – 18.00 – Machine Shop & Quayside: Funfair

10.00 – 18.00 – Basin 1: Historic Boats/Dutch Barges and Historic Tugs

10.00 – 18.00 – Basin 2: Watersports Have a Go Sessions – Hire a paddleboard or sailing boat and test out your sea legs

Sunday 5 June

10.00 – 17.00 – Dock Square Kids’ Areas: Messy Play & Fun with Busy Bees Nursery

10.00 – 17.00 – Machine Shop & Quayside: Funfair

10.00 – 17.00 – Basin 1: Historic Boats / Dutch Barges & Historic Tugs

10.00 – 17.00 – Basin 2: Watersports – Dragonboat Challenge (awards at 16.30)

Watersports All Weekend!

Paddle Party: Bring your own kayak or paddleboard and get on the water for the opening day of the Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival.  Pre-booking only; special launch fee £5 for the day.  Red, white and blue dress code!

Endurance Sail:  This is for competent sailors.  How many laps of Basin 2 can you sail in six hours?  Pre-booking only; £40 for a team of four.  Limited no. of boats.  Red, white and blue dress code!

Have A Go.  A chance to have a go at kayaking, paddleboarding or sailing.  No need to pre-book.  Just turn up on the day and book the next available session.

The Dragon Boats are back!

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.

Location

The festival is held alongside basin 2 and the marina.

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

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.

Lots of free parking...

There will be ample free festival parking in North Road and 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. Traffic Management teams will be on site to direct visitors.

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!

Traders

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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