A new food fes­ti­val is mark­ing a spe­cial an­niver­sary for a Kent garden

This week, we bring you news of a brand new fes­ti­val for fans of fine food, some fes­ti­val flavours and har­vest events.

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - NEWS - By An­gela Cole

Lovers of fine food and match­ing sur­round­ings will be well catered for with a new fes­ti­val. The Great Comp Fine Food Fes­ti­val, which will be staged at the garden, near Bor­ough Green, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15 and Sun­day, Septem­ber 16, has been launched as part of its 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions this year.

The event will see a cook­ery the­atre de­liv­er­ing hourly demon­stra­tions amid the flo­ral and fauna of the gar­dens.

The the­atre will be run by culi­nary mae­stro Matthew Kearsey-law­son, head chef and owner of Kent Fine Foods, who will bring a line-up of food­ies to en­ter­tain and give demon­stra­tions across the week­end. Matthew says: “I’m ex­cited about this new event at Great Comp. The cook­ery the­atre will add a re­ally en­ter­tain­ing di­men­sion to the pro­ceed­ings with talks by food au­thors and demon­stra­tions by top chefs and food pro­duc­ers. Visi­tors to the event will be able to try out the pro­duce from ex­hibitors on-site and they will also be able to en­joy lunch, wine, gin and cheese tast­ings.

“We will have some­thing for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing a newly-launched ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian range of foods from a Ken­tish pro­ducer.” Rosemary Williams, au­thor of Prep That

Fish will be giv­ing a live demon­stra­tion on how to pre­pare seafood. Rosemary is the grand­daugh­ter of Stan­ley Hol­brook, a well known shell­fish mer­chant in Kent, he was known for The Hol­brook Method of pre­par­ing seafood. Bruce Mcmichael, food writer, Pen­shurst Farm­ers’ Mar­ket man­ager, and owner of The Lemon Grove will be among the guests on the first day. There will also be the chance to learn how to cook with cob­nuts from Po­tash farm with Matthew, hear from Hi­lary Steel, BBC pre­sen­ter, on ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian foods, and food blog­ger Jo Banks will be pre­sent­ing Alive with Flavour, about in­spir­ing and ed­u­cat­ing through food. There will also be a fes­ti­val quiz on both days at 3.30pm, with prizes do­nated by stall holders. Ex­hibitors also include Med­way-based Cop­per Rivet Dis­tillery, O’er the Moon, Squer­ryes and River­ford Or­ganic. The aim for or­gan­is­ers is for the event to feel like a live tele­vi­sion show with food demon­stra­tions and talks given on the hour and com­men­tary through­out the week­end.

Wil­liam Dyson, cu­ra­tor at Great Comp, said: “We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing the best food­ies in the county. It should be a re­ally tasty week­end with our ex­hibitors and cook­ery the­atre guests.”

The fes­ti­val is on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15 and Sun­day, Septem­ber 16 from 11am to 4pm at Great Comp Garden. Tick­ets cost £8 and £3 for six to 17-year-olds, with un­der fives go­ing free. For de­tails go to great­comp­gar­den.co.uk

This week­end will see the first Great Comp Garden fine food fes­ti­val, as part of its an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

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