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FORAGING FUN FOR FOODIES!
Farm and Forage at The Small Holding, Kilndown, 1 May – 29 Aug
Award-winning chef, Will Devlin, owner of The Small Holding, a kitchen and farm on a country lane in the pretty village of Kilndown on the Kent and East Sussex borders, has created a Farm and Forage package for guests to experience a day in the life of the restaurant. The day will start with coffee and homemade pastries before pulling on wellies for a walk around the farm to learn more about the 200 varieties of fruit and vegetables being grown on site for the restaurant. After feeding the pigs and chickens, guests will venture down the lane to the woods and fields to go foraging with Will to find what’s in season including wild garlic, blackberries, elderflower, cobnuts, mushrooms and wild strawberries.
On returning to The Small Holding, guests will be greeted with a glass of awarding-winning Squerryes’ English sparkling wine before being seated for a 5 course Half Acre tasting menu. Launching on 1 May, the Farm and Forage days are only available on Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the Summer from 1 May to 29 August, priced £145 per person, including a 5-course lunch and arrival drink and a goody bag with seasonal treats to take home. thesmallholding
DON’T MISS THIS: FREE EVENT – GOOD CAUSE!
Wonder Women Tea, The Plough at Ivy Hatch, Thurs 2 May
Join Anna of Anna’s Family Kitchen and Francesca from Sevenoaks Mums for an inspiring morning fundraiser (10am – 12pm) for Mothers2Mothers – a charity which trains, employs and empowers mothers living with HIV to bring health and hope to other mothers, their families and communities.
Guest speakers are: Élise Daly of Wonderchup, a superhero food business who’s aim is to create the healthiest alternative condiments and Karen Porter of Body & Health by Design promoting individual physical and mental wellbeing. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some great local women and fundraise for an important cause, all whilst enjoying a bite to eat and a cuppa.
This event is FREE to attend but we will have a raffle with some great prizes and a donation tin so please dig deep and show your support.
OPEN DAY: Canterbury Cosmedics, Canterbury, MAY 14I have discovered the secret of eternal youth. Well not quite, but close enough. Let me introduce you to Canterbury Cosmedics, an aesthetic clinic based in Canterbury (clue was in the title) that specialises in high end, anti-ageing and non-surgical solutions for the face and body. Hip hip hooray!
If we had you at eternal youth, you can sample some of their delights at Canterbury Cosmedic’s Open Day on 14th May (1.30 – 6.30pm) where you can indulge in mini taster sessions throughout the day, including celebrity favourite, the CACI facial, as well as Dermalogica reps offering free advice and treatments plus skin resurfacing demos. There will also be free patch tests for Lumenis M22 laser for hair removal, vascular treatments and skin damage from the sun (normally £50) plus free skin mapping by Dermalogica. Tickets are £5 which is redeemable against any purchase on the day. Spaces are limited for all treatments so race you there.
BOOK NOW: Hever Festival, Sat 4 May – Fri 30 Aug
The Festival Theatre is an open air venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle in a stunning location on the Two Sisters Lawn adjacent to Anne Boleyn Walk. The stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn’t shine, the audience can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather. There’s loads and loads of brilliant things to see – from Mica Paris to opera and open air cinema to comedy. So something for everyone – so don’t miss this great summer experience. heverfestival.co.uk
GLAMPING WITH A DIFFERENCE: Knight’s Glamping at Leeds Castle Now Open for Summer
Escape to the country this summer for a unique ‘Knight’s Glamping’ experience on the grounds of the 900-year-old Leeds Castle in Kent. Themed in a stylish, medieval design, the eight traditionally coloured striped Glamping pavilions are officially back open for business just in time for spring – with bookings available from April to September 2019. Located behind the Castle’s yew-tree maze, each tent is situated to form a small glamping ‘village’ on the Castle’s former vineyard.
With FREE access to the Castle’s attractions and stunning, panoramic views of the surrounding Kentish countryside, Knight’s Glamping is the perfect getaway for large groups, couples and families alike. For something extra to look forward to, guests can even pre-book additional experiences such as a thrilling Go Ape! high wire forest adventure, a challenging game on the 9-hole golf course, a Segway adventure or falconry experience. leeds-castle.com
BOOK NOW: Neverworld by Leefest, Hever, Thurs 1 – Sun 4 Aug 2019
‘A perfect, unpretentious party vibe’. Neverworld is a chance to just party – and kids and parents are both welcome. From The Beach to The Wendy House, Neverworld is filled with fun for children and adults alike. Whether you’re four, 14 or 40, dress up in your tribal costume, explore our three realms, dance to new music, meet new people and take part in the fab new programme of daytime activities, all in the surrounds of the beautiful Kent countryside. This year Craig David presents The Vaccines, Mystery Jets, Professor Green, Tom Grennan and many more. neverworld.co.uk
FOODIE FANS: Supper Club at the Raspberry Room, Thurs 9 May
This gorgeous new tea room is bringing a bit of glamour, a splash of colour and a taste-buds treat to the ‘burbs. So having heard great things Muddy hot-footed it along to Raspberry Room faster than you can say Champagne & Rose Waffles with a Pink Velvet Latte on the side to review, which you can read here. They also run supper clubs and the next one starts at at 7:30 pm til late. You’ll be given a signature cocktail on arrival, followed by Potted Crab with Brown Shrimp served with Toasted Raspberry Room Bread and a 12 hour confit spiced duck leg with Rhubarb. Salivating, much? It’s £39.95 per person with veggie options as well. Supper club details here.
REOPENING: The Deck reopens for summer at Macknade Fine Foods, From Fri 26 April
Local foodies are in for a treat this Summer with the chance to feast on a six-course tasting menu prepared by seven of the region’s most sought-after chefs and served in the beautiful surrounds of Hush Heath Winery, to raise funds for children’s charity, Tree of Hope.
Fresh from being crowned Kent Chef of the Year, The Small Holding’s Will Devlin will be cooking alongside star of the Great British Menu and Head Chef at Verdigris, Scott Goss and proprietor and chef at The Compasses Inn, Crundale Robert Taylor. Former Kentish Hare and MasterChef the professional’s personality, Bobby Brown, chef-proprietor of The Michelin listed Wheelwrights Arms in Matfield for 6 years, Rob Marsh and Hush Heath’s Executive Chef, Fabio Vinciguerra will also be creating very special dishes at the pop up while The Bicycle Bakery’s Jamie Tandoh will be responsible for producing the exquisite dessert.
Tammy Jackson, the Leigh based mixologist behind For Cocktail Sake, a blog which has gained a huge following since it was launched at the end of 2018, is devising a delectable cocktail especially for the evening which will be served to guests on arrival along with a selection of canapés. Tickets have sold out fast, no surprises there! So book your place pronto! treeofhope.org.uk
OPEN DAY: Apotheca, Faversham, Sun 12 May
Heard of Apotheca? It’s a stunningly Instagrammable and thoroughly useful apothecary in Faversham which not only offers natural remedies and beauty products but is also a destination for yoga/pilates classes and therapeutic treatments – such a hidden gem! Well if you want to see for yourself – and make the most of discounted prices – go along to meet the therapists, try new products, taste their teas, buy in their flash sale (10% and 15% of discount) in the shop or try some yoga. You’ll need to book in advance any of our Taster treatments, £10 | 20 min. 10am – 5pm. Please call to the shop on 01795 227 423 to arrange your appointment for this day. apothecaclinic.co.uk
BOOK AHEAD: Pete Tong, Dreamland, Margate, Fri 14 June
The don of dance music is back… Legendary DJ and broadcaster Pete Tong is returning to Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea for one night only, with support from SG Lewis (DJ set). This is the latest big name act to be added to Dreamland’s summer line-up of music events, which also includes Happy Mondays, Rudimental (DJ set) Annie Mac, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Normal Jay MBE and Mac DeMarco. Make sure you have the chance to genuinely say it’s all Gone Pete Tong. Tickets are just £20 plus booking fee and are now on sale (over 18s only). dreamland.co.uk
FOODIE FUN: Tenterden Food and Drink Festival 2019
Returning for its third year after a successful launch in 2017, this festival will bring a regional, national and international showcase of food and drink products together, along with a programme of live music, plus Children’s entertainment of rides and storytelling. Just in time for that slightly warmer sunny days in late spring/early summer. Take home Bessborough farm’s fresh fruit, jam chutneys, crumbles, and takeaway afternoon tea; or try The Cooking Box Ltds’ burgers, The Cosy Eskimo’s Thai frozen rolled ice cream, and much much more! Have a gander at the food delights for this year’s festival here mytenterden.co.uk.