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Medway Food & Drink Festival 2023

31st March - 2nd April 2023
Rochester Castle

A new foodie festival will be cooking up a storm in Medway

The new festival will see the castle gardens filled with food and drink alongside live comedy performances.

Expert street food, bars of distinction, alfresco dining, live music, children's entertainment, select grocery food and craft all served up with big helpings of humour, colour and character. Reduced day tickets are now available for the Medway Food & Drink Festival, taking place from Friday, 31 March to Sunday, 2 April, at one of Medway's most picturesque locations - Rochester Castle Gardens.   

Matt Wills

Matt Wills

Caroline Mabey

Caroline Mabey

Evening Ticketed Events
We have two exciting evening events running alongside the Medway Food & Drink Festival, with stand up comedy evenings on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Enjoy our Town-Live! events running alongside Medway Food & Drink Festival. Get tickets for our stand-up comedy evenings.

Outstanding Stand-Up Peformances
Hilarious performances at Medway-Live from a superb list of stand-up comedians.

Friday, 31 March line-up:

  • MC: Matt Wills - Info & Biog

    Mat Wills MC


    Mat Wills – a short engaging mini man, who puts audiences at ease with his deft crowd and cheeky East End vibe.

    He’s got “Impressive quick thinking”.” NOTTS COMEDY REVEIW

  • Tiziano La Bella - Info & Biog

    Tiziano La Bella


    Tiziano La Bella discusses his Catholic childhood, the incoherence of the Italian fascists and his challenges as an immigrant in the UK. Tiziano loves to touch the nerves of the audience, to get them involved and generate a reaction. He offers his surreal points of view to his audience who get the chance to laugh with him – or to beat him up right after show!

  • Stella Graham - Info & Biog

    Stella Graham


    Stella Graham – Shameless, charmingly aggressive and unladylike. Stella is a slick, sharp and polished comedian, balancing warmth and charm that have audiences queuing up to meet her after the show.

    “Fun and original… everything a good comedian should be, self-assured, likeable and, crucially, funny”. We say…… Enjoy!!  BROADWAY BABY

  • Russell Arathoon - Info & Biog

    Russell Arathoon


    Russell Arathoon – explodes onto the stage delivering a rollercoaster of high energy, one liners, double entendrés with his hilarious everyday observations.

    Finalist for Edinburgh Fringe’s ‘So you think I’m Funny’, Russell won both Hastings ‘New Comedian of the Year’ award’, and King Gong at London’s Comedy Store. Do not miss this!!!

Saturday, 1 April line-up:

  • MC Matt Wills - Info & Biog

    Mat Wills MC


    Mat Wills – a short engaging mini man, who puts audiences at ease with his deft crowd and cheeky East End vibe.

    He’s got “Impressive quick thinking”.” NOTTS COMEDY REVEIW

  • Sheraz Yousaf - Info & Biog

    Sheraz Yousaf


    London based Sheraz Yousaf draws on his life experiences in a fresh forthcoming style, using humble self-depreciation blended with brilliant comic delivery. A worldly wise and fantastic thinking man’s comic, Shiraz holds the attention of any room creating a wonderfully fun atmosphere. Sheraz also hosts the Buzz FM breakfast show and with his likeable personality & in depth life observations, will make you laugh… then want to go for a pint with him!

    He was fantastic!” BRITASIA TV

  • Caroline Mabey - Info & Biog

    Caroline Mabey


    Caroline Mabey is part ‘best mate you shouldn’t have gone on holiday with’ and part ‘drunk school-run mum who’s been dragged backwards through a box of crunchy surrealism’.

    A mischievous, kooky talent” TIMEOUT

  • Currer Ball - Info & Biog

    Currer Ball


    Currer Ball – a Glaswegian Amused Moose National New Comic semi-finalist, and finalist in the Max Turner Comedy Competition 2016. With hands-on giddiness, this Glaswegian stand-up gives a whole new meaning to physical comedy – while delivering one exquisite gag after another.

    Slightly mental…very funny” THE GUARDIAN

Tickets and Pricing

For tickets for admission the festival and evening ticketed events, please visit website.  

Days and times

  • Friday, 31 March
    12pm - 6pm
    Saturday, 1 April
    9am - 6pm
    Sunday, 2 April
    10am - 5pm



Rochester Castle Gardens, Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW


01832 281274


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