Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

Broadstairs Food Festival 2024, Kent

29 March - 31 March


The Broadstairs Food Festival is a celebration of local food and drink.

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The Broadstairs Food Festival is a celebration of local food and drink, with exhibitors chosen from Kent and surrounding counties. It consists of two separate free festivals, one held in the spring and the other in the autumn. They showcase independent food and drink producers, and are key events in the UK food festival calendar.

There are around 100 stalls at the food festival, as well as plenty of activities for the kids, workshops and tastings.

History of the Festival

The first festival was held in 2009 in order to promote local food and drink producers, as well as the high street. Community-led its aim was to encourage visitors to appreciate the charm of the coastal town and nearby Margate and Ramsgate. It has been a success story right from the start.

Broadstairs Food Festival, credit Tourism @ Thanet District Council_U7B4445
Credit Tourism @ Thanet District Council

The Broadstairs food and drink festival has always had sustainability at its heart, with a commitment to sustainable sourcing and limiting its food miles. Exhibitors are asked not to use plastic bottles or non-recyclable cutlery. There is also a £1 eco levy on glasses at the main bar – which can be reclaimed at the end of the festival. This has helped cut waste in half since 2019.

When Is Broadstairs Food Festival 2024?

The leading UK food festival will be from 27 to 29 September.

The Broadstairs Easter Food Festival 2024

The food festival Broadstairs takes place from 29 to 31 March. A list of exhibitors can be found here. A schedule of events is here.

Broadstairs Food Festival Times

The festival is open from 10am until 6pm or 5pm on the final day.

Where Is It?

The festival takes place on the clifftop in Broadstairs.

Broadstairs Food Festival, credit Tourism @ Thanet District Council _U7B4585
Credit Tourism @ Thanet District Council
How To Get There

Those arriving by bus should get off at The Royal Albion Hotel or the Wrotham Arms. If you are coming from London, the coach from Victoria takes approximately 90 minutes. Alternatively by rail it is around 2 hours from London Victoria or Charing Cross stations, or 80 minutes from St Pancras International Station.

Things To Do in Thanet

Broadstairs is in the Isle of Thanet, Kent. A wonderful place to explore close to London, to discover the great things to do in Thanet, go to the local Visit Thanet tourism website. Also, you can try the Broadstairs Dickens Festival.

Main image: Broadstairs Spring Food Festival, credit Harding-Lee Media.


29 March
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