Three Festivals to Attend in 2019!

Festivals are the ultimate feel-good experience and here are three of the best in Kent!

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I know it’s only November but soon we’ll be singing in the New Year and it’s never too early to start scheduling in some major events. Especially when it comes to the array of festivals splattered around Kent that take place each year.

City Sound Project will be the ultimate kick-start to a scorching summer with nearly 100 acts converging in the historic city of Canterbury for a weekend of unique, earthy, indulgence that could only be found in the vibrant, youthful student-city.

Since being established in 2012, CSP has seen the likes of Bastille, Goerge Ezra and MNEK headlining alongside a packed line-up, across 16 stages, of the best DJs, live bands, poetry and every possible genre of music imaginable.

An absorbing experience in glorious sunshine (fingers crossed), City Sound Project brings all the atmosphere of Glastobury and takes away the mud and the camping – it really is the ultimate music experience.

Whizz forward to August and the seaside Riviera of Broadstairs plays host to the Broadstairs Folk Week which, predictably, is a week-long celebration of all things folk.

Founded in 1965 the festival has evolved into the home of authentic folk music, community events and, of course, there’s plenty of venues nearby should you feel the urge to continue the part into the night.

Not only is it folk, folk, folk – don’t be fooled –there’s a Craft & Music fair that takes place alongside the festival that provides local business the opportunity to reach a whole new market. Keep an eye out for the morris dancers whilst you’re about as they seek to bring colour and eccentricity to the streets of Folkestone!

If music isn’t your thing then why not visit Canterbury towards the end of September for the fantastic Canterbury Food & Drink Festival – Kent’s largest and most diverse celebration of food, drink and culture.

The ultimate showcase for artisan, local and original produce, taking place at Dane Johns Gardens it is three days of culinary glory a host of stalls ranging from sushi and crispy duck to hand-baked bread, rare-meat burgers and everything in between.

Don’t worry if you’re vegan or vegetarian because the festival caters to all tastes and it’s not just eating the food as there are hands-on demonstrations across the weekend.

Rain may have blighted the festival last year but that didn’t stop the hardy troopers cooking up a storm and providing the goods so get on down and get eating!

Oliver McManus

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