Celebration of food and drink at festival
HUNDREDS of people enjoyed tasty treats and delicious drinks at an historical food festival in St Margaret's Bay on Sunday.
Hosted by The Coastguard pub at the foot of the White Cliffs, the event saw authentically-produced food and drink from both sides of the Channel enjoyed by hungry foodies.
Among the producers showing off their wares were French brewer Christophe Noyon, the team from Rough Old Wife real Kentish cider, Gadds Brewery and Boulogne fish smokers JC David.
There was also a hog roast and a demonstration of traditional medieval cooking methods using an open fire and authentic utensils.
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Sam Wydymus, head chef and owner of The Coastguard, said she wanted the festival to celebrate good food and traditional skills.
"I'm not sure there's that many places now where people are in touch with where there food comes from," she said. "It is great to see people learning where their food comes from.
"We think it was a very successful day. Everyone seemed to have a good time and that's the main thing. We are certainly going to have to start planning the next one now."
It was not just about the food though, the children were well entertained by puppet shows staged by the team from Bringing Alive Sandwich Heritage and the chance to dress up in middle ages costumes.
Later in the evening there was a display of traditional folk dancing from the East Kent Morris Men.
Sam, who writes and broadcasts on the subject of food, said: "Everyone had a great time. I thought it would just be the kids dressing up, but lots of the adults did it as well, including the staff who just seemed to do it one by one."
For more information about The Coastguard and future events being staged there, go online at www.thecoastguard.co.uk.