Summer fun with family-friendly food festival that hits right notes

Nusrat Ghani
Saturday and Sunday: The Pantiles Food Festival

Just like The Pantiles Gin Festival a couple of weeks ago, it runs from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and will feature a host of local producers, specialist foods and lashings of fun demos from some of our favourite chefs in town.

SHAKING IT UP: At the Gin and Jazz Festival

The gin festival saw big crowds descend on the iconic promenade to celebrate the popular spirit in style.

And the food festival is expected to draw in even larger numbers.


Food Festival: “There will be 30 stalls, two bands, eight kitchen demos and lots for all the family”


HAVING YOUR CAKE: And eating it!

“The festival is a real testament to the incredible quality and the wide variety of food offered across the town,” explains Julian Leefe-Griffiths, organiser of The Pantiles social events and owner of the Tunbridge Wells Hotel.

TAKING THE MIKE: Julian Leefe-Griffiths narrating at a Gin and Jazz Festival demo

“It’s so good to get the show back on the road running these festivals again. We put on our first proper festival of the year with Gin and Jazz and the turnout was incredible.”

CHEERS: The Gin and Jazz Festival pulled in the crowds

The Food Festival has been running for almost a decade, and this year will be sponsored by Sankey’s. It will also be supported by Fuller’s the butchers as well as The Tunbridge Wells Hotel.

The festival is free to enter and the two-day event will not just be about food, there will be plenty of fun events and live music as well with 30 stalls, two bands, eight kitchen demos and lots for all the family.

TUNING IN: To the Gin and Jazz Festival

“The Dandara 1887 building at the end of The Pantiles is now all but complete and the whole area is looking fantastic,” said Julian.

The festival will be opened by sponsor Matthew Sankey on Saturday, who’ll be cooking paella and Po’Boys. On Sunday, Julian and his team are hoping to have a very special celebrity guest star appearing on the bandstand.

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