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First Taste of Kent festival at East Malling with Rosemary Shrager, Sophie Grigson and Bake Off's Jane Beedle

Celebrity chefs are lining up to dish up a new food festival treat this weekend.

Sophie Grigson, Rosemary Shrager, Faversham's own 2018 Christmas Bake Off winner Jane Beedle and the Tanner brothers from the Kentish Hare are among the foodies included in the line-up for the first Taste of Kent Food Festival.

Chef and food writer Sophie Grigson will also be on the line-up at East Malling
Chef and food writer Sophie Grigson will also be on the line-up at East Malling

To be held at Bradbourne House in East Malling on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, the event will feature demonstrations, produce from across the county and family-friendly entertainment including circus workshops.

Tunbridge Wells-based chef Rosemary Shrager will open the show on the Saturday, while 2018 MasterChef Champion Kenny Tutt will follow on the Sunday.

James and Chris Tanner of the Kentish Hare on the Sunday at 11am. Cookery writer and celebrity chef Sophie Grigson will appear on both days and The Small Holding’s Will Devlin will be on the Sunday.

The Tanners, whose restaurant is near Tunbridge Wells, said: “We can’t wait for this. To be among a great line up of foodies demonstrating some of our favourite recipes is something we are seriously looking forward to - come check us out in the demo kitchen.”

In the Cake & Bake Theatre there will be Great British Bake Off star Jane Beedle with bakers Howard Middleton, Sandy Docherty and Paul Jagger.

Jane Beedle GBBO finalist will be at the first Taste of Kent festival
Jane Beedle GBBO finalist will be at the first Taste of Kent festival

On the Saturday, Great British Bake Off’s Paul Jagger will be opening the Cake & Bake demonstration programme at 10.30 am while Jane Beedle opens and closes proceedings on the Sunday.

There will be something for all tastes as on the Saturday, Charlotte Dowle the owner and creative genius behind Filo Vegan Cakery in Tenterden will be demonstrating vegan baking at 2.30pm.

Closing the Saturday will be GBBO’s Dan Beasley-Harling at 4pm.

There will be a selection of stalls from the county’s food and drink specialists and in the masterclass tent there will be short classes on offer including learning the art of foraging with local forager Carol Hunt.

There are also plans for foodie world record attempts over the weekend.

The Tanner brothers Chris (left) and James, of the Kentish Hare, will be at the first Taste of Kent Festival
The Tanner brothers Chris (left) and James, of the Kentish Hare, will be at the first Taste of Kent Festival

Orgnisers say: “We believe Kent has the best food producers around and we are sure you will go home thinking the same.

“The Taste of Kent Food Festival is the first major Food Festival to focus on drawing its traders from a single county.”

There will be plenty of live music, street food traders and children’s entertainment throughout the weekend.

Tunbridge Wells' Rosemary Shrager is among the celebrity chef line-up
Tunbridge Wells' Rosemary Shrager is among the celebrity chef line-up

Food stands will be offering everything from a prosecco van to burgers and chillies, beer and ciders, pizza and a barbecue and bakery goodies.

For more details of the event and programme go to tasteofkent.co.uk

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