Celebrating our sixth year !
Originally started in 2009, the aim was to create a new and prestigious event for Broadstairs and the surrounding towns - with the emphasis on promoting local tourism and supporting local traders.
We wanted visitors to appreciate that Broadstairs is not just for summer and that we have so much to offer - all year around.
Was the aim achieved?
Absolutely! The inaugural festival proved to be a
resounding success with approximately 15,000 people attending the 3 day Food Fayre, enjoying the Kitchen Theatre demonstrations, sampling the food and buying the best of local produce.
Four years on, the festival has grown like topsy: who would have ever imagined that 15,000 in 2009 would be nearer 53,000 by 2014!
The Broadstairs Food Festival (BFF CIC), continues to thrive, run as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company organised by a management team, ably assisted and supported by a great team of volunteers.
Kent's Food Heritage
Kent had always been known as the Garden of England.
Our chalky coastal fields, the rolling pastoral North Downs, and extensive orchards combined to make Kent the perfect county for food production.
Although the passing years has seen many changes, there has been a resurgence of interest - driven by the desire to buy more locally.
Why buy green beans from Kenya when you could have wonderful purple sprouting broccoli from a local farm? Vegetables lifted from the fields can be on your table the next day using one of the many home-delivery services now available.
Fabulous cheeses hand made within an hour's drive from your local shop - artisan breads lovingly made - hand pressed fruit juices - sustainably caught local fish - it is all here for you!
With the thriving interest in micro-breweries - even the humble hop fields are being re-planted. So we say :
Welcome back to the Garden of England - Kent.