The fun of the summer isn’t over just yet! Nestled along the beautiful South Kent coast, the Sandgate Sea and Food Festival is a hidden gem. Now in its 11th year, the festival seeks to celebrate all things nautical. Running from the evening of Saturday 27th August and on Sunday 28th August from 11am – 5pm, you can enjoy a weekend full of sunshine, salty sea air, and a superior selection of delicious delicacies. Over 2,000 people attended the event last year, and this year is expected to be just as busy and bustling.
The town of Sandgate is steeped in history, and has lived through the threat of smugglers, Napoleonic invasion, two World Wars and much more! Sandgate dates back as far as the 1200s, and, once used as a defence against invasion, Sandgate is dotted with the unique and archaic Martello Towers. This amazing history makes the perfect backdrop for a Kent foodie festival favourite.
Held along Granville Parade (near the Sandgate sea wall and promenade area), the festival is nothing short of a family affair, with a spectacular firework display sponsored by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust kicking the festival off on the Saturday night. You can watch the fireworks in style with a gourmet burger and refreshment in hand, as there will also be evening BBQs and food stalls open for the occasion.
The main attraction is the Sunday, where there are 18 yummy stalls from local cafes and restaurants such as Escondido, Cafe Bellissimo, Koko Nuts, Gurkha Palace and Fresh & Easy. There are also 17 displays and stands from local shops and organisations, such as The Sandgate Society, Amanda Butler Jewellery, Whizz Tattoos, and National Coastwatch.
The fun doesn’t stop there; there’s also fun-filled entertainment for all the family, in the form of a Punch and Judy show, stilt walkers, circus workshops as well as live music from harpists, a steel drummer band and a marching band.
It looks like the Sandgate Sea & Food Festival is set to be another incredible local food event, so make sure you don’t miss out!