The fourth Pantiles food and drink festival will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September in the historic heart of Tunbridge Wells and, for the first time, will celebrate a seasonal ‘Harvest Festival’ theme.
Building on the success of past festivals in spring which have enjoyed crowds of 10,000 people, culinary fans will be treated to the very best of Kent and Sussex produce on an additional autumn date.
Chair of the Association of Pantiles Traders, Richard Simm says: “We want to replicate the success of the spring event, which show the Pantiles at its very best. The culinary talent of regional producers, local chefs and businesses needs to be showcased more – and the Pantiles is the perfect venue. My ambition is to have the food festival on several times a year.”
Foodies will be treated to a delicious choice of locally sourced treats from over 50 stalls positioned throughout the Pantiles. Hog roast, paella, game, seafood, artisan breads, pastries and cakes, cheeses, pancakes, ice cream, plus much more, will satisfy all taste buds. Why not wash it all down with a locally grown fruit juice, wine, beer or fruit liqueur? In addition, the popular Chef’s Kitchen will return as the bandstand is transformed into an alfresco kitchen. A line-up of top local chefs and food and drink experts will take to the stage to demonstrate delicious seasonal dishes. These include Julian Leefe-Griffiths, well-known local restaurateur whose growing hotel/restaurant group includes The Tunbridge Wells Hotel, The Black Pig and The George & Dragon; and Rosemary Shrager, local Cookery School doyenne, celebrity chef and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant.
Julian Leefe-Griffiths says: “The spring food festival is one of our great highlights of the year as it celebrates the arrival of spring and summer food, but in some ways I’m almost more excited about this harvest festival, with partridge, pheasant, grouse and venison around not to mention the autumn mushrooms coming in to season; it’s one of the best times of year for exciting, delicious food.”
Rosemary Shrager added: “I am thrilled to be here for another food festival on the Pantiles and I’m looking forward to a great atmosphere and all the wonderful local produce.”
To keep the children entertained, Sussex Mews will be transformed into a real ‘farmyard’ for the weekend hosting cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chicken and chicks. Kids will be able to enjoy and learn about the animals first hand in a safe environment. More details of themed entertainments are to follow.
The Pantiles food festival timings: Saturday 28th September – 10am – 5pm, Sunday 29th September – 10am – 5pm