Celebrating our Maritime heritage and giving local residents an event that they can enjoy and feel pride in.

CHATHAM MARITIME FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

Celebrating our Maritime heritage and giving local residents an event that they can enjoy and feel pride in

CHATHAM MARITIME FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

Celebrating our Maritime heritage and giving local residents an event that they can enjoy and feel pride in

CHATHAM MARITIME FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

WHAT'S ON

Welcome to the Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival Jubilee Edition! After a 2 year hiatus we are so glad to be back, and what better weekend to do – a 4 day weekend to celebrate HRH’s platinum jubilee!

There is so much on offer at the festival this year. From the best local heroes and emerging artists of the Medway Scene to messy play for little ones, a chance to visit some of our historic tugs, a visit from the Dutch Barges celebrating their 30th Anniversary, watersports and to top it off – the much loved and fiercely fought, Medway Sunlight Rotary’s Dragonboat Race.

You can dance in the sun, sit back and sip some local cider, take part in a challenge on water or simply meander around the festival – all whilst eating some of the best street food from across the South East. The depth and breadth of our traders is amazing – you will find so many ways to part with your own hard earned cash (for that we apologise!).


Sunday 5th June 2022: Dragonboat Race:

This is the ‘flagship’ charity event for the Medway Sunlight Rotary Club and one that is a real highlight for the spectators and those involved.
The Dragon boats are forty foot long, elaborately decorated Chinese war canoes with a dragon’s head and tail attached. You provide 16 ‘volunteers’ to paddle a boat plus a drummer to beat out the rhythm for everyone to paddle to (which everyone tends to ignore!).

The Dragon Boat challenge for 2022 takes place at Basin 2 Chatham Maritime on Sunday 5 June. This is the 6th year that Medway Sunlight Rotary Club has organized this fun event and it looks like this year will be bigger and better than ever.

Teams arrive from 9.00am
Races from 10.30am, finals at 4.00pm
Medals and trophies at 4.30pm

Entry forms and all relevant information can be found on their Medway Sunlight Rotary website.

All the teams that entered last year had a brilliant time and provided a fantastic spectacle for the thousands of spectators who thronged the side of Basin 2 to cheer on their favourite team as they enjoyed the wide range of food and drink available at the Food and Drink Festival.

The festival is on the riverside at Chatham Maritime and will be clearly signposted is free to attend and is easily accessibly by car.

 


Watersports Centre:

 

Thursday 2nd June: Paddle Party

Timing: 10-4
Entry Fee: £5/person – additional hire fees may apply.
Dress Code: Red / White / Blue

The Paddle party is a pre book event – please call to book: 07538 964335.

Hire a paddle board or kayak or bring your own and join the party for a full day or half day on the water!

Friday 3rd June: Endurance Sail

Timing: 10-4
Entry Fee: £40 per team of 4
Dress Code: Red / White / Blue

TERRA – QUBA – FEVA – QUEST

The Endurance Sail is a pre book event – please call to book: 07538 964335.
Calling local sailors! We are looking for teams of 4 to take to the water to complete as many laps of the basin as possible in 6 hours.

Saturday 4th June: Have a Go

Timing: 10-4
Entry Fee: £5/person – additional fees may apply.
Dress Code: Red / White / Blue

Open sessions of kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding on the basin and a chance to join The Great Cacophony at 3.30pm as the Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant reaches its climax as is sails along the river to the Historic Dockyards.


Dutch Barges:

Wednesday 1st June

15 Vintage Dutch Barges arrive and can be viewed throughout the weekend.


Historic Tugs:

Thursday 2nd June

M.T Kent open to public

Friday 3rd June

M.T Kent open to public
VIC 96 and S.T. BARKING can be viewed from the quayside whilst they prepare for the Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant.

Saturday 4th June

Historic Tugs depart for the River Pageant, returning at 4pm.

Sunday 4th June

M.T KENT open to public.


Busy Bees Kids Play Area:

Busy Bees is the nation’s leading nursery group, with 379 brilliant nurseries in the UK, Ireland, and right across the world. We are so pleased that they are back again in 2022 to host our kids area for 0 – 6 year olds with messy play and arts and crafts.


Programme:

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Music Festival Line

Music Festival Line

Music Festival Line


Traders:

Sally Newall / Butternut Box / Aroma Brazilian Food / Myo’s Japanese Asian Food / Hide & Greek/ Kelsey Roffey / Heavenly Sausage / Seawise / Car Designs / Fine Food Lands / Mama’s Treats / Gustavo Grade / Famous Faces by Jon / Kent Cider Company / Spanish Homemade / Greek 2 Go / Willo Beans / Pork & Co / Rad Burger / Monami Eat / Karmsueticals / Lickalix / Plus more !

A note from our sponsors Peel L&P:  

Peel L&P has been investing in Chatham Waters for over a decade, creating over400 new homes and 750 jobs, improving open and green space, providing safe access to a much-improved waterfront and is continuing to invest and support the community.

Peel L&P is a proud sponsor of the 2022 Chatham Food and Drink Festival, the town has a rich tapestry of cultures and maritime heritage and what better way to celebrate it than through a waterfront festival.

On 22nd and 29th June between 11am and 6pm the local community are invited to drop into Chatham Waters and see first-hand the neighbourhood that has been created and share views and opinions on the early vision for the regeneration of Chatham Docks Industrial Estate.

By listening to what the people of Medway want and need, combined with the experience gained by delivering outstanding, world-class communities across the UK, Peel L&P is committed to investing millions in helping create a new place thatworks for everyone now and in the future.

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Dragon Boat Racing

This is the ‘flagship’ charity event for the Medway Sunlight Rotary Club and one that is a real highlight for the spectators and those involved.

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Live Music Chatham

What’s on: Live music and so much more! Whether you are a seasoned Chatham Maritime Food & drink festival goer or this will be your first year, prepare to be dazzled by our incredible lineup of musicians over bank holiday…

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