Networking Lunch in Kent

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Macknade Fine Food, Selling Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XF

Time: 12.30pm
Price: Places will be £10 for members and £20 for guests.

Event Information

'Kent, sir – everybody knows Kent – apples, cherries, hops and women’

Charles Dickens

This is the first time the Guild of Food writers has hosting a networking event in Kent and it is also the first event for the Guild's recently created ’South East’ region, of which AJ Sharp is the coordinator.

It is a county known for its excellent fruit growing climate and, of course, supplying all the strawberries for a discerning Wimbledon crowd. It was Henry VIII who gave the county its famous moniker ‘The Garden of England’, perhaps that’s why Macknade’s home-grown pears were chosen to be served at the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten.

With the proliferate growth in the county’s wine-growing regions, most notably Chapel Down, alongside Hush Heath, Simpsons, Biddenden Vineyards and Gusbourne, to name but a few, the knock-on effect of the amplified food and drink tourism across the county has been staggering.

This lunch will be a relaxed and convivial opportunity for Guild members to connect, share experiences and get to know colleagues living in the region. The lunch will be held in a private event space above the café, which was the original oast house of the hop farm. A three-course lunch, served with a glass of wine, will be followed by a short tour of Macknade by its sixth generation MD, Stefano Cuomo.  

Macknade is offering a three-course lunch, accompanied by a glass of wine to Guild members at the very generous price of £10 per head.

We will meet at 12.30pm, enjoy a leisurely lunch then at about 2.30pm embark on our guided tour of Macknade. The event will finish at 3.00pm to allow time for shopping.  
Award-winning Faversham food hall Macknade celebrated its 40th birthday this year. The business has been in the same family for sixth generations, but it was not until 1979 that they began retailing – opening Macknade Farm Shop, which later became known as Macknade Fine Foods. What started life as a tent in a field on the family farm is now a 10,000sqft food hall, delicatessen, café and butcher employing over 90 people in the local area. Macknade has announced the opening of a new food & drink hub in Ashford’s Elwick Place in Autumn.


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Getting to this Event

Macknade Fine Food, Selling Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XF

Faversham is Kent’s oldest market town, situated 48 miles from London and 10 miles from Canterbury. It is a 5-minute drive from Junction 6 of the M2 and there is ample parking at Macknade. Alternatively, you can get a train from St Pancras to Faversham (1 hour) and there is a service from London Victoria (1 hourr 15 minutes). Both trains run at least every 30 minutes throughout the day.