The coastal town of Broadstairs on the Isle of Thanet has a firm hold on the local food and drink map thanks to the Broadstairs Food Festival, which is a three day celebration of locally produced food and drink that takes place every October. The festival welcomes around 17,000 people to buy and taste food and watch demonstrations by well known chefs.
The town is also forging a reputation for good local food thanks to Quex Barn, a farm shop at the entrance to the Quex Barn Estate in Birchington with a butchery, a deli, a wet fish stall, a coffee shop and a restaurant stocked with local suppliers.
Broadstairs is a seaside resort situated between Margate and Ramsgate often referred to as “the jewel in Thanet’s crown”. The town has seven picturesque beaches and coves, including the chalk stack of Botany Bay, and the magnificent horseshoe shaped bay Viking Bay. The week-long Broadstairs Dickens Festival, meanwhile, is held every June in honour of the novelist Charles Dickens who lived nearby.
Faversham is also renowned for being mentioned in the Domesday Book and home to a Magna Carta dated 1300. Located in north Kent, the town grew up around an ancient sea port on Faversham Creek, and through to have been a summer capital for the Saxon Kings of Kent. By 1800 the town had also established itself as the centre of Britain’s gunpowder industry and helped keep the guns firing at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo.