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Rochester Castle Gardens

07 Jun - 09 Jun

Medway Food and Drink Festival Logo


Food & Drink


Following a successful launch last year we are delighted to be returning in 2024 with this major event for the Medway towns in such an historic and inspiring location.

Located in the Grounds of Rochester Castle, the Medway Food and Drink Festival is just a short walk from the town centre and will celebrate the best of local, regional, national and international products.

Street Foods, bars of distinction, alfresco dining, live music, children's entertainment, select grocery food & craft all served up with big helpings of humour, colour and character for a fun packed weekend.

Children's Entertainment

  • Children’s Rides
    • A selection of children’s rides for a younger visitors to enjoy.
  • Suzan Ruben-Alderton – Fairy in a Pop Can
    • Suzan is an author who has written her own book, with proceeds going to charity. If you are lucky enough you will hear the author read her story for you.
  • Froggle Parties
    • Children’s entertainer on Saturday and Sunday; walkabout and designated shows, with a variety of the following, comedy magic, puppet shows, bubbles and touchable bubbles (bubbles that don't pop when you touch them), rocket balloons, balloon modelling, music and games. Website

Cooking Stage

The Cooking Stage will be returning to Medway this year on Saturday, where a compere will be introducing chefs who will be demonstrating some interesting dishes from around the world. Check back for further updates on the feature packed event    

Festival opening times (to be confirmed):

Friday 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Saturday 09.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Book early and save! Food & Drink Festival event tickets are now available in the shop.

(Note: On the day tickets may be limited in availability due to event capacity).

Get Your Tickets Online

Tickets for this Medway Food and Drink Festival and Medway Live Comedy evenings are available here.

Live Entertainment Medway Graphic

Our tandem event has limited numbers due to seating – so book early for our Medway-Live stand-up Fri 7th & Sat 8th – tickets are now on sale in the shop.


Hilarious performances at Medway-Live from a superb list of stand-up comedians. Info & Biogs below.

Friday 7th June Line Up
MC: Mat Wills Info / Biog →
Kelly Ford Info / Biog →
Matt Price Info / Biog →
Justin Panks Info / Biog →
Saturday 8th June Line Up
MC: Mat Wills Info / Biog →
Sam Serrano Info / Biog →
Michael Hackett Info / Biog →
Sean Gorman Info / Biog →


Please note: Artists are confirmed and contracted to appear on the event date, however, all line-ups are subject to change. If an act cancels their performance, or cannot make their agreed time slot, the even organiser will make every effort to find a suitable replacement to perform in their place. The replacement act will be chosen at the sole discretion of the event organiser and, if possible, communicated via social media.



Traders/Acts - Book your place

For trader/act registration and event information please visit:
Market Square Group


Visitor Info

Rochester Castle was built on an important river crossing of the Medway by Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester in the 1080s and although much has changed on the site – the bounds of the castle are similarly positioned today.  The current castle keep was built by In 1127 by William de Corbeil . During its lifetime the castle has been besieged on numerous occasions, 1088, First Barons’ War in 1215/6 (where much of the damage we see today took place)  & 1264/5, with some of the significant damage to the castle being repaired in 1370s. In 1381 during the Peasants’ Revolt, the castle was attacked  finally during the English Civil War in 1648, Parliamentarian forces besieged and captured the castle from Royalist defenders.  James I (r. 1603-1625 CE) granted it to Sir Anthony Weldon (1583–1648 ) whose descendants owned it until the end of the 19th century. In 1965 CE the Corporation of Rochester handed over the lease to the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works,  with English Heritage taking over the management of the castle in 1984.




Poster and Flyer downloads will be available nearer the event

Event Countdown








Thai rolled ice cream

Ticket Order Information

Please ensure you enter a valid email for your ticket purchase. The tickets will be emailed to that address.

If you do not receive your ticket and confirmation to your email address within half an hour of placing your order, please contact Market Square Group on 01832 281 274 for assistance.

Please print one copy of each ticket – multiple copies cannot be used to enter an event.

Concession Tickets

Disabled ticket holders will need to bring one of the following for their carer to be admitted free of charge:

  • Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 or Personal Independent payments for those aged 16-64, either in the form of a letter stating that the benefit has been awarded, or the actual Allowance book
  • Attendance Allowance or Carer’s Allowance letter of award
  • Incapacity Benefit books, or a letter notifying the recipient that the benefit has been awarded
  • A Blue or Orange badge, or
  • In the case of visual impairment, a registration card known as the BD8 or a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Carers will need to purchase a ticket for entry purposes, even if the event entry fee is free.

Wheelchair Users

We endeavour to ensure that our events are wheelchair friendly. However, if you are purchasing a concession ticket as a wheelchair user, please telephone Market Square Group on 01832 281 274 at the time of booking to confirm the exact arrangements we have made for your event.


  • Will be required to show a current student ID or NUS card.


Entry may be denied to anyone who’s documentation does not support their ticket type/description, or anyone who is not carrying the required documentation.

On the Day Tickets

Tickets may be available on the day but no guarantees can be made as there are limited tickets and visitor numbers.  Therefore we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance online to avoid disappointment.

Live band
colourful watercolour flowers on cushions
Tasting great food at the Olive Stall

Location & Parking

Market Location

Rochester Castle Gardens


A listing  of local car parks  can be found here on the Parkopedia website. Please check times.

Other Information

None at present.

Live Music Schedule


Please note that performance timings may vary slightly up to and during the event.

FRIDAY – Stage 1

Big River  (Adma Barron The Voice)

SATURDAY – Stage 1

Andy White Band​


Samuel Ashton & The Instincts

Phat Gandalf

SATURDAY – Stage 2

Billy Pettinger​

Pete Smith

Gavin Alexander


SUNDAY – Stage 1



Loose Change 8 piece soul band

SUNDAY – Stage 2

Ian Fox​

Soul Choir

Andy Wilkinson



The list of traders is continually updated as the event approaches.



Traditional South American handcrafted products and other products made by third parties.

Violets Collection

Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories. This includes flat caps, woolly hats, scarves, sunglasses. Hooded jumpers, cropped jumpers and t shirts.

Arts and Crafts

Lybo Coasters

Handmade ceramic coasters

Teresita Crafts

I sell crafts from south America. Necklaces, hats, bracelets. And some toys for kids.

Home and Garden

Staffordshire Pottery

A beautiful array of Staffordshire Pottery pieces, sets and individual items.

Hot Food

churros2 ltd

Churros and chocolate, soft drinks available.


Delicious sweet & savoury crepes, freshly cooked to order with seasonal, fair-trade and organic ingredients.

Farmhouse Foods

Wood burner smoker oven. 100% British beef burger, pork, beef, gammon, chicken wings and ribs. Chips, cold soft drinks.

Jaffna Kitchen

Serving quality Sri Lankan food that has been loved by our customers. Our recipes are authentic, our ingredients are sourced with care, and each dish is crafted with passion.

Jerk Cafe Ltd

Jerk Chicken, Jerk Chicken Burgers, Jerk Chicken Wraps, Curry Mutton, Rice and Peas, Yardie Fries (seasoned fries), Vegetarian Channa (chickpeas curry), Coleslaw and Salad.


Mexican street food including burrito, fajita, nachos, chilli con carne and tacos.

Mr Dumpling

Chicken Dumplings Vegetarian Dumplings Bubble tea (all vegetarian).

Nori Pan Asia

Japanese Food Chicken Katsu Curry with rice, Korean style house spicy chicken, Teriyaki chicken with rice, Veg teriyaki with rice.

Real Greek Food

Pork or chicken souvlaki. Souvlaki is one of the most popular street foods in Greece and for good reason! Juicy and well-seasoned meat garnished with cooling tzatziki sauce, fries, tomato & onion. Served or wrapped in a delicious crispy and fluffy pitta bread.

Thainese Street Food

Thai and Chinese street food including dishes such as Thai green curry, black bean, sweet & sour, kung po and spring rolls.

Wrap It

Range of Vegan/Vegetarian toasted wraps and salad boxes themed around the globe including, Freshly made Falafel, Vegan Halloumi, Onion Bhaji, and Vegan Duck. We also Serve a range of flavoured fries and cans of San Pellegrino.

Grocery Food

Crumbs Cakes

Homemade luxury American-style Belgian chocolate brownies & blondies in a variety of flavours & fillings.

field of cheese

Sale of a selection of waxed cheddar cheese truckles, along with crackers, crisps, chutney and a selection of chilli jams.

Granny Sally’s Confectionery

A wide variety of old English fudge from bars to custom made jars. A huge range of flavours including classic vanilla, rum & raisin, chocolate, rocky road and many more.

Lavin Limited

Olives, baklava, Turkish delight and nuts.

Mimi’s Cakes and Bakes

Cakes and Bakes.

Nonna Tonda

Pasta made by hand each morning and delivered to customers’ homes in the form of a recipe box. A family business who make all meals themselves.

O’Donnell Moonshine

Unique bottled alcohol for off-site consumption: ‘Tough Nut’ , ‘Roasted Apple’ , ‘Wild Berry’ and ‘High Proof’.

Passion Du Fromage

Spanish and French saucisson, French cheese and more continental fine foods.


Brownies, cakes, cookies and millionaire shortbread.

The Great British Cheese Company

Award winning, flavoured, waxed cheese truckles.

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm

Chilli products from their home grown chillies. Chilli sauces, jams, grinders, dried chillies, fresh chillies and plants.

The Michael Group trading as Nimi & Nosh

A variety of sauces: Sweet and Hot Pineapple Pepper sauce, Sweet and Hot Mango Guava Pepper Sauce, Ginger Pepper Sauce, Crushed Pepper Sauce, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce, Hot Curry Sauce, Jerk BBQ Sauce, Hot and Spicy Jerk Sauce, Marinades: Pineapple Marinade, Paste Spicy Jerk Marinade, Paste Curry Jerk Marinade, Paste Ginger Marinade, Paste: All-purpose Green Marinade paste –

Quality Greek Olives (Ltd)

Offering olives, baklava, Turkish Delight, and nuts.


Abyssin Ethiopian Flavours

Pina Coladas

Beardy B’s Lemonade

Classic lemonade, strawberry lemonade, watermelon lemonade, passionfruit lemonade & raspberry lemonade.

Blooming Beans

Hot drinks: Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso, Hot chocolates, Mocha, Flat white, Cold drinks: Fruit shoots, cans of coke, Pepsi, Fanta, lemonade. Croissants and sweet pastries.

Cantiaci Craft Distillery Ltd

Artisan Craft Gin, Moonshine Vodka, all sold by the bottle.

Devils Bridge Rum

Spiced Rum, Liqueurs, tinned cocktails

Distinct Distillers

Alcohol – flavoured rums

Famous Last Stand

A great selection of beer, ale, lager, cider, prosecco, wine and gin.

Freeze Zone

Slush puppy drinks.

Mr Bees

Bottled beer to take home in gift packs. Beer to be consumed at the event – made with honey.

Pearl Milk Bar

Freshly made-to-order bubble tea. Serving a wide selection from classics to our very own specials.

Vintage Shakes

Refreshing milkshakes in a variety of different flavours.

Willobeans Espresso Bar

Barista style coffee, speciality teas, lush hot chocolate, iced coffee, our own bags of Willoblend coffee beans. Option of addition of Baileys or Brandy in coffee or espresso Martini and Jamaican Americano. Non-alcoholic Lumumba and non-alcoholic Fruit Sangria.

Turner’s Cider

Range of craft ciders in the ‘Eastern counties’ style: that is, from only eating and cooking apples.

Ice Cream

Snow White Catering

Fresh whippy ice cream and a selection of iced lollies.


Butternut Box

At Butternut Box, we believe that dogs deserve better. That’s why we’re putting the food back into dog food. We make freshly prepared dog food – cooked like you would at home and delivered in perfect portions.

Costco Wholesale

Promoting Costco Membership.


Raising Money for Children’s Hospice.

Fairy in a Pop Can

The author has written the children’s book, Fairy in a Pop Can to raise money for charity. All proceeds will be donated to Young Lives V Cancer and Batten Disease. You may also be lucky and get to hear the story read by the author.

Nine Oaks Vineyard

Small artisan family run vineyard based in the village of Hothfield in Kent. Two still wines; Chardonnay and Rose both from our 2022 vintage. All wines are from our local vineyard and they will come in a variety of gift wrapping options.

Riverford Organic Farmers

Award-winning seasonal organic veg boxes and more – fresh from our farm, bursting with flavour, and delivered free to your door.




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