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Spilling the beans – first county coffee festival is on its way

August bank holiday weekend will see a coffee first and a chance to discover a new favourite

If you’re looking for a fun day out for all the family this August bank holiday with a shot of coffee and culture thrown in then the new Kent coffee festival might just be for you!

The Kent Coffee Festival will take place at the Gulbenkian theatre at the University of Kent, Canterbury as part of the  boing! International Family Festival on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August.  It will celebrate all things coffee, providing fresh inspiration, tips and ideas for coffee enthusiasts.  Visitors will also be able to take in boing!, a free-to-enter festival, featuring the very best in theatre, dance, films and fun for all the family.

The first Kent Coffee Festival, in partnership with headline sponsors La Marzocco, will open exclusively for trade visitors on Friday 27 August from 12pm until 5.30pm at The Gulbenkian theatre at the University of Kent, Canterbury.  On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August the festival will open its doors to the public from 10am until 5pm with the event expected to attract in the region of 1,500 coffee lovers.

A dynamic line-up of exhibitors and attractions will showcase new ideas for delivering the ultimate coffee experience.  Attractions include:

·         A show-stopping Latte Art Zone

·         A Coffee Roaster Zone, where you can discover the ultimate single origin or the perfect blend

·         An Espresso Martini Bar allowing you to slip away from it all, sit back and sip.

·         A speaker stage hosting a series of lively talks and interviews from scaling up your coffee business to tips on launching a trailblazing career in the coffee world

Some of the exhibitors confirmed to appear at the festival include:

La Marzocco, Glebe Farm Foods, Ecoffee Cup, Curve Roasters, Nightingale Cider, Garage Coffee, John Street Beverage, Henny and Joe’s, Bean Smitten, Simply Ice Cream, Two Birds Cold Blend, Coldblow Coffee, Debonair Tea, Pelicano Coffee Co, Corban Coffee Ltd and BWT UK.  Milk will be provided by sponsors Northiam Dairy and milk alternatives by Oatley.

Event organiser Luke Underdown, founder of Canterbury-based Garage Coffee, says: “As part of my own journey from coffee enthusiast to starting my own coffee business, I was Inspired by events like the London Coffee Festival.  I wanted to recreate something for the Kent coffee community, as there is so much to shout about when it comes to the Kent coffee scene.

“The festival is about providing a complete coffee experience, bringing together all of the passion and expertise of local coffee professionals and amateur enthusiasts, at the same time as giving a leg up to those who are set on a career in coffee.”

To register to attend the trade afternoon register here.  

Discounted pre-registered tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for teens and free for under 12s.  Members of the public can pre-book discounted tickets for Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 here.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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