Macknade in Faversham celebrates its 175th anniversary with free tastings, masterclasses, live music, food stalls and more

Leading food brand Macknade is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a huge birthday party.

The Kent-based food and drink retailer invites visitors to its flagship Faversham Food Village to mark the occasion on Saturday September 17.

Macknade in Faversham invites visitors to celebrate its 175th anniversary in September. Photo: Macknade

The anniversary party will feature local producers with tastings, masterclasses and street food and drink stalls, which will showcase Macknade’s partners from the local community.

There will also be live music from Gracie and the Booms and a feel-good soundtrack from DJ Finchy.

“175 years is an incredible milestone and it’s only fitting that we celebrate it in style with our community of employees, suppliers and friends,” said Stefano Cuomo, CEO of Macknade.

In 1847 Frederick Neame Snr founded Macknade Farm in Faversham which quickly became one of the region’s leading fruit and vegetable producers.

The farm has been passed down from generation to generation and has built a strong reputation for high quality produce, with Macknade pears even being served at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten in 1947.

The food retail leader started as a family farm and is now led by Stefano Cuomo, the sixth generation in his family to do so.  Photo: Macknade
The food retail leader started as a family farm and is now led by Stefano Cuomo, the sixth generation in his family to do so. Photo: Macknade

In 1979 Stefano’s mother, Patricia Neame, and her husband Renato Cuomo opened a pick-your-own area of ​​the farm, and in 2001 the family decided to focus solely on retail.

Since then the business has grown to include an outdoor cafe and Food Village at the Faversham site and has also opened a second location at Elwick Place in Ashford.

The anniversary celebration will trace the fascinating history of Macknade and its connection to the community over the past 175 years, featuring local musicians, artisan producers and food experts.

“Expect music from top local artists (including one of our own!) and masterclasses from purveyors like &Bloss Coffee and Greensand Ridge Distillery,” says Stefano, who is the sixth generation of his family to run Macknade. .

“We also have a special bar curated by the Wasted Kitchen team which uses local ingredients to complement the delicious cuisine of our resident traders.”

Visitors can enjoy exclusive tastings and masterclasses at the anniversary party.  Photo: Macknade
Visitors can enjoy exclusive tastings and masterclasses at the anniversary party. Photo: Macknade

If you’re bringing the whole family for the day, there will be plenty of kids’ craft activities for younger visitors.

And, to make this anniversary extra special, all Macknade customers from Saturday, September 17 through Saturday, October 15 will have a chance to win one of 175 prizes.

Shoppers at Faversham or Ashford stores will receive a prize card revealing what they have won. Prizes range from a wine tasting at Simpsons Vineyard to a limited-edition Macknade t-shirt.

The 175th anniversary celebration takes place at Macknade in Faversham on Saturday 17th September from 12pm to 9pm. There is no need to book and the event is free.

Learn more about the event here.

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