Fenwick gets in the foodie mood

To celebrate British Food Fortnight (BFF), department store group Fenwick is running a series of food tastings in selected stores.

At the Canterbury branch in Kent, there will be a ‘produced in Kent’ table in the food department with a mix of alcohol, chocolate and savoury items all made locally. Tastings are planned on various days throughout BFF, which started on Saturday (September 17) and runs until Sunday October 2. Brands including Mighty Fine Things, Cocoba, Fudge Kitchen, Nip From The Hip, and more.

The Bentalls store (acquired by Fenwick in 2001) at Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey will host food tastings in the food department everyday throughout BFF. Brands included Cartwright and Butler biscuits and fudge, Sugarfina Champagne Bears, Urban Village Chocolate, BonBons and Snaffling Pig.

At the Tunbridge Wells store in Kent on Thursday September 29 there will be a food tasting event between 1pm and 5pm with samplings of local produce from Curd & Cure. This is an independent, family run, food wholesale company based in Kent that specialises in artisan retail and foodservice products. It offers more than 1,400 artisan deli and farm produce products. During the event they will be offering samples of local cheese, bread and dressings, along with TeaPigs samplings.

Meanwhile, Fenwick reopened its Colchester branch last Thursday (September 15) following a £35 million redevelopment. The department store on the High Street of the Essex town celebrated the relaunch with activities, offers, demonstrations and entertainment that ran throughout the weekend, with celebrity chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc holding a live cooking demonstration last Friday (September 16) in the homeware department.

Billed as the largest department store redevelopment taking place outside central London, Fenwick Colchester (previously known as Williams & Griffin) has added 70 new brands to the store, 20 of which are new to Colchester, including names such as Michael Kors, Paul Smith and Bobbi Brown. The retailer said: “Combining Colchester’s heritage with the needs of the 21st century shopper, we are delighted by our new store.”


Urban Village Chocolate features in food tastings at the Fenwick-owned Bentalls department store at Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey

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