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Chatham Food and Drink Festival

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.

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 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.

To get the latest news for visitors and participants, as it happens follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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 2018 takes place at Basin 2 Chatham Maritime on Sunday 27th May.  This is the fifth year that Medway Sunlight Rotary Club has organized this fun event and it looks like this year will be bigger and better than ever.

Entry forms and all relevant information can be found on their 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.

A huge thank you to our partners who supported this event in 2017

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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