Tenterden Folk Festival (Sat)

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We drove to Tenterden for some more music and the procession.

Another glorious drive but today it was pouring with rain interspersed with a little sunshine peeping through the grey clouds.  Typical autumnal English weather.  After purchasing sandwiches and crisps we stopped at Sissinghurst to eat the picnic in the car and drove on through the beautiful fields and villages with the rain continuing its relentless progress.

Upon arriving we found a parking spot along a side road and wandered to the folk tent and watched the amazing and talented Delta Ladies.  Great fun and the group played many different instruments and seemed jolly ’em ladies with a clear penchant towards Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.  I listened to the lyrics and noticed such matters.  Vicky, the lead, joked that they were singing in the middle of The Chelsea Flower Show because of the flower arrangements that surrounded them.  Unusual idea but a good one because the flowers looked great.  The blues/rock/folk music was diverse and well produced.  We were impressed.

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During this show we watched an extraordinary procession of traditional folk dancers and weird and wacky selection of Morris dancers.  Followed by a dancing display of lively, expressive Slovakian dancers throwing themselves around pretending to drink wine.  Great fun and quite funny.

We finished the day with a quick drink and people watching and decided it had been a fantastic weekend of dancing and music and can’t wait until next year.  Or maybe we will return tomorrow (Sun)!

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Tenterden Folk Festival

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Yesterday, caught a bus to Tenterden to visit the above festival.  We enjoyed a ride through the Kent countryside which was truly glorious and helped by the late summer sunshine.  Yes, now it is the 1st October, I have come to terms with the fact that it is now autumn.

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Upon arriving, we walked to the pub, William Caxton pub and listened to a folk sing around with intermittent participation of groups singing and playing various instruments.

The enthusiasm of the participants was truly inspiring and some of the voices were beautiful with little or no accompaniment.

After this session we wandered around the town and I managed to buy some posh, high quality chocolate for hubby’s birthday.  The festival is on all weekend and we may return.

 

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

 

Yesterday, I visited the above in the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, which is showcasing an incredible selection of food and drink. As a CAMRA member, I do enjoy a pint of ale or two and thoroughly enjoyed the day out. We travelled by train to Canterbury West and strolled through the busy town towards the Gardens.  The Festival was the place to be, as it was the official launch of Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight (Friday 23rd Sept).

 

I went to the festival with my husband and other CAMRA folk and we managed to arrive early and quickly settled with our pints, by the bandstand, and spent a fulfilling day listening to all types of music (folk/rock), eating, drinking and chatting.

 

Also, much of the time was enjoyed wandering around the stalls looking at crafts, beers, ciders, pies, breads, cheeses, cured meats, kebabs, curries, burgers, fish, etc. The quality was of a very high standard with lots of tasty salads and veggies too.  Some obscure ingredients were added to some of the traditional foods such as the chilli and chocolate pork sausages and the friendly cheese lady who sold us some chilli cheese and English brie.  The unusual variety of food is what made this festival particularly fascinating, plus, of course, there was a great selection of dishes for tasting with plenty of beer, wine and cider to sup too.

 

The weather was superb as it was sunny all day but not too hot.  A relaxing and interesting day which I will probably repeat next year.