Foodies brave the rain at Canterbury’s good grub extravaganza

The rain didn't deter festival-goers from their favourite nibbles.

The wet weather didn’t dampen the mood at the Canterbury Food Festival today (Saturday). Despite the rain, hundreds of people descended on the Dane John Gardens.

The Canterbury Food Festival is the biggest celebration of food and drink in Kent, with over 120 local traders serving up a wide range of delicacies. Street food stalls offering hot and cold snacks from around the world competed with each other for the longest queues.

Teacher Sophie Barker said: “The brownies made my life.

“It takes more than a bit of rain to come between me and a great selection of food.”

A family area kept the younger visitors busy. Adults tucked into a range of beers, wines and ciders, including green hop ales made from this year’s fresh hops. Purveyors of Kentish produce have a lot to be proud of.

The Canterbury Food and Drink Festival in the rain

It wasn’t all about the food and drink. Through the day live musicians entertained the crowds from the bandstand, a roaming reporter interviewed stall holders, and members of the public danced in the rain – a prerequisite for any quintessentially British festival.

The Canterbury Food Festival used to be known as the Eurofair, with many traders coming across the Channel, but over the years the emphasis has changed. Despite this, there was still a good continental selection of German sausage, Spanish paella and Greek pitta kebab.

If you missed it, or were put off by the weather, it’s on again tomorrow or put it in your diary for next year. Just remember not to wear your belt too tight as this isn’t a place for anyone on a diet.


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