Hythe Food and Drink Festival


Organisers of the first ever Hythe Food and Drink Festival have thanked the town for its tremendous support over the weekend.

stalls_Hyhe_Food&Drink_FestivalThe festival was organised by Cambridgeshire-based event company Market Square Group whose Director, Paul Kennedy, grew up in Hythe. The company puts on a number of market events and festivals around the UK each year.

Paul Kennedy said: “We are so happy that Hythe’s first Food and Drink festival was such a success – visitor numbers were among the highest we have had at any event this year. Thanks to all those who stopped by over the weekend and thanks to my friends and family in Hythe and old school friends from the Harvey who helped to spread the word.

Bathed in beautiful summer weather, visitors were able to sample a wide range of regional, national and international foods. These included calamari, Kentish chocolates, jerk chicken, venison burgers, handmade vegan cakes, Vietnamese noodles, paella, flavoured cheeses, fresh charcuterie and cured meats.

They were then able wash it down with a choice from a wide selection of refreshing drinks including

craft ale, Wise Owl Cider, fresh coconut water, prosecco, chai and iced coffee.crowd_pic_Hythe_food&drink_fest

As well as the food and drink, singers and musicians also performed on the live stage. These included the King Elvises, Harripaul and Denis Connolly. Children were also keep entertained with a circus skills performers and huge bouncy castle.

Visitors took to social media to share their experience of the weekend.

Writing on Facebook, Margarette Grant-Brown wrote: “Great day, great festival. Without a doubt the best festival I’ve been to for years and I’m including London ones!

Brian Tinklin wrote: “Just spent a wonderful five hours at the Hythe Food and Drink Festival. A real community feeling. Well done.”

Echoing these sentiments, Darren Buck wrote: “This is a fantastic event, we live near and are able to listen to the music from our house and just walk over and soak up the atmosphere. To see Hythe alive is fantastic.”

Paul Kennedy added: “We have had no warmer welcome from any community on our travels and I am reminded how lucky I am to have grown up in this unique town. Perhaps I should move back before everyone gets the news! We hope to be back next year, with even more local producers and traders.”

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