The Wine Garden of England Festival, organised by the Wine Garden of England partnership will take place in the cathedral’s spectacular crypt – a celebration of Kent’s finest wine producers today and in honour of one of the county’s very first producers – Gundulf, a monk who championed viticulture at the cathedral more than 1,000 years ago.
The ticketed event, sponsored by Southeastern, will offer tutored tastings and talks from the wineries about their wines in sessions throughout the day. There will be two, three-hour sessions on the day, and attendees will have the chance to meet the producers themselves, hear their fascinating stories and sample up to 30 incredible Kent wines.
Tickets for one three-hour session will cost £35. Spaces are limited, and tickets are on sale now here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/visit-kent-produced-in-kent-rochester-cathedral-wine-garden-of-england-southeastern-17564342729
There will also be the opportunity to purchase and take home a range of top still and sparkling wines from the Wine Garden of England partner vineyards. From largescale producers to boutique wineries, a diverse selection of English wine production will be represented at this exciting festival.
On the same day, Produced in Kent will be showcasing the finest Kent produce at the Rochester Food & Drink Festival. Between 11am and 4pm, in the stunning setting of the Cathedral Nave, visitors will be able to sample and buy a fantastic selection of local food & drink, purchase gifts and meet the talented producers working tirelessly behind the scenes. These producers are excited to share their stories and chat to visitors about how they source their ingredients and make their distinctive Kent produce. The ultimate test of course is in the taste, so visitors must prepare to tantalise their taste buds as they sample the finest the county has to offer before buying their favourites to take home. The food festival is a free event open to everyone, and another great opportunity to explore the beautiful Cathedral. This is a free event, and anyone is welcome.
Stephanie Durling from Produced in Kent, commented, “Produced in Kent are delighted to be partnering with Visit Kent, the Wine Garden of England and Rochester Cathedral for the second celebration of Kentish wines with the introduction of the best food and drink Kent has to offer. The enhancement of this annual event at Rochester Cathedral, supports the fantastic range of Kent wines with a lovely food offering that promises to tickle everyone’s fancy and kick off your Christmas shopping in the best way possible.”
Dean of Rochester Cathedral, Philip Hesketh said: “Rochester Cathedral is the Garden Cathedral of England, and so it is an immense pleasure to be able host this celebration of Kent Produce, alongside this, the second English Wine festival. I hope people will come and enjoy themselves in this wonderful setting and remember those first monks who planted grain and grape”.