The Pantiles’ Harvest Festival to return a little later than planned

FOOD THEATRE Matthew Sankey (left) and Julian Leefe-Griffiths

THE annual Harvest Festival on The Pantiles returns this weekend (October 15-16), after its usual slot was cancelled last month due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The festival, which is a celebration of local produce grown throughout the summer season, is set to return on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

The festival will have all the ‘usual excellent local ingredients’, said Julian Leefe-Griffiths, event organiser from the Tunbridge Wells Hotel.

“There will be tasty food stalls and great drinks offers, as well as your favourite well-known local chefs cooking up some delightful autumn treats from the bandstand,” he explained.

“This season we’re really pleased to welcome back local superstar Will Devlin from The Small Holding Restaurant in Kiltdown, Scott Goss from The Beacon and Alex from new start-up in The Pantiles, Kumquat.

“Dan Hatton is also back again, as well as our great regular favourite Matthew Sankey from his eponymous fish restaurant.

“Autumn is a special time of the year and although it means it’s the end of summer, it is also the start of one of the most exciting food seasons in the calendar,” said Mr Leefe-Griffiths.

“Pheasant, partridge and wild mushrooms are all at their best, and we welcome the arrival of the new winter root vegetables crops. It’s an exciting time for any cook or food lover.

“As well as all the exciting stalls, The Pantiles of course offers many great restaurants and cafés to enjoy the show, and the Tunbridge Wells Hotel terrace probably gets the best view to sit and watch all the chefs in action on the bandstand,” Mr Leefe-Griffiths continued.

“So whether you’re after some great produce to take home, delicious local drinks or just a great lunch on The Pantiles, please come down and support Tunbridge Wells’ Pantiles Harvest Food Festival.”

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