Food festival served up a feast for hungry crowds

Nusrat Ghani
FOODIES FLOCK IN: Crowds on The Pantiles last weekend

Like many of the town’s events, the Food Festival was cancelled last year due to the Covid crisis, but it returned on Saturday and Sunday August 14-15.

Visitors were treated to more than 40 different food stalls showing off  a range of delicacies, along with a host of live cooking demonstrations, activities and live music on the bandstand.

Stallholders included Longtooth Gin, the Auction House Cheese Company, and a demonstration from celebrity Indian chef Atul Kocher, who is set to open a restaurant on the iconic promenade.

The organiser of the event, Julian Leefe-Griffiths, who also runs the Tunbridge Wells Hotel, said there were more than 6,500 across the weekend.

He added: “I would really like to give a big thanks to all the stallholders and exhibitors who came down to trade with us.

“It’s fantastic when so many local producers, restaurants and traders come together to create this festival. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome.

“It was also nice to give a big Tunbridge Wells welcome to Atul Kutcher, who appeared on the bandstand demonstration kitchen to cook a lovely fish dish on Sunday.

“The Michelin-starred chef seemed to really enjoy the crowds of Tunbridge Wells and it must bode well for his new restaurant opening on The Pantiles soon.”

He added that events will continue on The Pantiles, with the Harvest Food Festival scheduled for September 11-12.

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