The summer may be nearly over, but these two great festivals are still to come

A musician performs at the Canterbury Food Festival

There may be just 10 days of August left and that end of summer of gloom may be starting to kick in, but Canterbury still has two great festivals to look forward to.

Coming up in September is, of course, the annual Canterbury Food and Drink Festival in the Dane John Gardens.

It has become a fixture of the social calendar in the city and this year takes place over the weekend of September 21 to September 23.

Describing itself as “the biggest celebration of food, drink and culture in Kent”, the festival will feature more than 120 local traders offering a wide range of food, drinks and crafts to the visiting public.

There will also be live music including DJs, bands and buskers, street performers as well as a kid’s field and poet corner.

Organisers say: “At the Canterbury Food Festival, you’ll be able to experience the finest street food inspired from places around the world.

“There will be plenty of opportunities to buy local produce and crafts to take home. And the festival bar offers everything you could dream of on a sunny day to help quench your thirst – from craft beer to wine and Pimms.

“Set in the beautiful Dane John Gardens, the festival is the perfect location for visitors to enjoy the delicious food and drink offerings from Kent while taking in the beautiful surroundings.”

The Canterbury Food Festival takes from 10am to 5pm on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. Entry is free.

In October, Canterbury Rugby Club will once again be hosting its Oktoberfest celebration. This year’s festival takes place at the club at Merton Lane North on Saturday, October 6 from 12.30pm with music by the Skatatonics. It coincides with the 1st XV’s home match against Worthing and there will be free buses running from the bus station to the Marine Travel Ground. Entry is via ticket. Log on to the club’s website for details.


  1. Schplendid! Two things Canterbury does really well.

    Worth adding that Kent’s brewers will be showcasing “green hop” beer again. This is Real Ale brewed with locally-grown hops, which are picked at dawn and added to the mash within a few hours. Doing this adds alot of extra freshness and hoppiness to the beer. In addition to Shepherd Neame, there are now more than 40 micro-brewers in Kent The range of tastes and flavours available in the local beer scene has never been better. See you at the Green Hop Bar!

    Canterbury RFC’s Oktoberfest has now firmly established itself on the “must go to” part of the city’s social calendar. Apart from excellent food and great music, there’s another chance to savour local beers in the festival marquee, then work off the calories with a good boogie. Oh, and there’s always the small matter of the gladiatorial challenge on the pitch! Worthing and Canterbury are quite well matched but with some good vocal encouragement and enthusiastic support, the visitors should, in the nicest possible way, be sent back home to Sussex with null points!


  2. You seem to have forgotten the biggest festival of all, the Canterbury Festival, in October every year. So there are three festivals still to come.


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