Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2022

Update on 14 September: The Medway Food and Drink Festival has been postponed.

A new foodie festival will be cooking up a storm in Medway this September.

Reduced advance tickets are now available for the Medway Food and Drink Festival, taking place from Friday, 16 September to Sunday, 18 September, at one of Medway’s most picturesque locations, Rochester Castle gardens. You and your family can get up to 25% off your day ticket by booking online now:

We are, in partnership with Zoom Events, inviting residents and visitors to Medway to tickle their taste buds with the best of local, national and international food and drink. A variety of stalls will surround the tasty treats, including jewellery, homeware and handmade crafts. To be kept up-to-date with confirmed food and drink stalls, visit:

Music and family-friendly entertainment

The festival will also come to life with live music and family-friendly entertainment. Medway’s young people will be welcomed in the child-friendly area, involving a magician, interactive learning, music and games.

For adults only, there will be intimate nights of ticketed live music and comedy to enjoy. Join local and national musicians including Ian Fox and Katie Bradley Band, performing on Friday evening, followed by a Saturday night comedy takeover with Mel Byron, Joe Wells, Adam Morrison Jones, Ribs Norman and Stylophobia. There are a limited number of evening tickets available, so get in there quickly.

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Medway Presents more than 30 festivals and events each year and the Medway Food and Drink festival will round-up the summer before a series of autumn and winter events take place.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am delighted that we will be hosting a food and drinks festival for the first time, for Medway’s residents and visitors to explore and enjoy local, national and international cuisine, at a family-friendly event. It is so important that we continue to support local businesses following the pandemic and I look forward to seeing the castle gardens come to life once again with music and entertainment later this summer.
“Visitors can make a weekend of it and stay in one of Medway’s hotels and bed and breakfasts. Medway is filled with bespoke restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, as well as having great food producers locally. Medway already has so much to offer visitors, particularly its cultural attractions, and this gives people something else to look forward to and enjoy.”

This is a ticketed event and booking is essential. To find out more and to book a ticket, visit:

Ticket prices

  • Friday
    • Online:
      18+ £5, Concession £3.50, Carer FOC, Family/Group (2 adults and 2 children) £13
    • Gate Prices
      18+ £7.50, Concession £5, Carer FOC, Family/Group (2 adults and 2 children) £18
  • Saturday/Sunday
    • Online                        
      18+ £7.50, Concession £5, Carer FOC, Family/Group (2 adults and 2 children) £18
    • Gate Prices
      18+ £10, Concession £7, Carer FOC, Family/Group (2 adults and 2 children) £25

Medway is set to host even more festivals and events over the coming months. The first this autumn is the Festival of Chatham Reach and the year will be closed off in style with Dickensian Christmas Festival on Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 December. 

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