Recent weeks have seen two food festivals come to our local area – the Penshurst Fair, and the Tonbridge Castle Food Festival. We managed to grab the time to go to both, and we always love seeing local vendors and picking up some treats. Let’s start with Penshurst, as this was the first of the two events to take place!
It’s always great to attend this fair, which has a whole food tent as well as other areas for arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery, and so forth. It’s a huge get-together for people from all around the county and is well-attended – this is our third time going and we’re always keen to go back. There is an entry fee, but some local publications will have free entry vouchers around the time, so keep your eyes peeled for those.
We have a few stalls that we go back to time and time again. There’s a lovely older gentleman who runs a roasted nut stall who is just wonderful – he gave us a free packet the first time we went and is always happy to have a bit of a chat. There’s also the speciality cheese, which we ALWAYS pick up at least three of as they are all so delicious. Then there’s the Kentish cobnuts stall – this time around we picked up some brittle, which is really good, and some fudge, which I have to say is probably the best fudge I have ever eaten of all time. Seriously. It’s good stuff.
Finally we also picked up some sauces this time – normally we try a different brand on every visit as there are so many to choose from. This selection came from Le Range Mesurier, with apple sauce, mayonnaise, and chutney in the mix.
The Penshurst Fair is a real favourite, so the Tonbridge Castle Food Fair had a lot to live up to. It was a lot smaller in scale – covering just the area of green space within the castle grounds – but there was a fair mix of diversity. We managed to grab some olives and stuffed peppers to take home, as well as enjoying a fresh crepe while listening to the live music (see the Vine below). It was good fun, though with not quite as much to do as at Penshurst. It was also a little disappointing to see the stalls closing up reasonably early while the entertainment carried on – we missed out on churros, which is never a good fate.