Transition Town Faversham

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Faversham Food Guide

Here is a link to our Faversham Food Guide, put together by the Food Group.

The TTF Food Group wishes to encourage residents to make more use of the wonderful food that is produced in and around Faversham. Eating local food reduces food miles, keeps money in our community and tastes excellent! This guide brings together details of many of our local food producers and where consumers can buy their products.

All of the food promoted in this guide comes from within approximately a five mile radius of Faversham. We are fortunate to have a number of producers of fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and drinks in our local area. There are many other food producers further afield but within the borders of Kent and these are well-documented by the organisation Produced in Kent on their website and in their

booklet. We suggest you look here for information on types of food that are not included in this guide.

The section on pubs, restaurants and cafes includes those that serve a high proportion of local foods. These will vary depending upon the season and we suggest you ask before you order if you want to be sure of local provenance.

While we have tried to be inclusive we may have missed out some local food producers or suppliers. If you know of any that you feel should be in this guide and are not please let us know by e-mailing us at We can then add them when we are next updating the information.

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Best of Faversham!

The Best of Faversham market will run on the first Saturday of the month in Preston St. Everything is made or grown in or near Faversham. Produce will include biscuits, jewellery, soaps, sock monkeys, cards, cheese, etc. The facebook page is and we’re adding photos to show what we’re offering. We’re working with the town market manager, Grahame, and he has been extremely supportive. We, and the local businesses, hope we can all work together to make Faversham a beautiful place to shop.

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Green Christmas Market in Faversham

We’ll be having a seasonal/local cake stall at the Green Christmas Market in Faversham on the 8th of December this year. The event will take place 10am – 4pm in the Guildhall in the Market Place, although get there early for our cakes, we don’t like to boast but they often sell out quick! Please see below for further details:

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New Farmer’s Market in Faversham


There is a new Faversham Farmer’s Market starting this Saturday 21st July in the garden of the Old Wine Vaults pub on Preston Street. The market will be from 10am to 4pm and will feature some of the finest locally produced foods including bread, meat, cheese, preserves, fruit, vegetables, smoothies, fudge, soaps and possibly more. After this Saturday then the market will be on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. Please go along to show your support for this great new local venture!


A Morning with the Elders

Early June is the best time to collect Elderflowers to make a delightfully English beverage: Elderflower Cordial.

Elderflowers with their distinctive clusters of tiny creamy- white flowers line the hedgerows of country lanes and churchyards  alike in the month of June. They are best picked on a sunny day in the morning, and never when wet from rain. Sniff the blooms first to see if they are freshly and sweetly perfumed and remove any creepy-crawlies. If the blooms are marvellous, pick 20-25 heads to make the following recipe for 2 Litres of Cordial (courtesy of the River Cottage archives).


  • About 20-25 elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, plus their juice (about 150ml in total)
  • 1kg sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp citric acid (optional, if you want the Cordial to keep for longer than a few weeks – Citric Acid can be found in brewing shops or in Wilkinson’s)

Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest. Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.

Strain the liquid through a piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using).

Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.

Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles

Serve the cordial, diluted with ice-cold water or lemonade, as a summer refresher, or mix with sparkling wine or Champagne for a tipple.

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Secret Gardens

The Secret Gardens event will take place in Faversham over the weekend of 16th and 17th June. This is a once a year chance to wander through 25 gardens and allotments within the local community, not normally open to the public. It’s a fantastic opportunity to glean ideas and to see which plants and produce are particularly successful in the area.

Helen and Gary’s garden at number 9 Abbots Road is the Transition Town flagship permaculture garden and is a must for anyone wishing to see permaculture in action (Open on Sunday the 17th only). Helen will be offering refreshments including home baked cookies using eggs from the resident hens. Why don’t you go and have a look and see if you can pick up some hints and tips?!

Admission to all 25 gardens by brochure is £5.00 per person. Brochures are available from: The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham 01795 534542

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