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Major food industry awards return to the Kent Event Centre

The organisers of Kent’s biggest annual showcase for the food and drink industry have confirmed they will return to the Kent Event Centre near Maidstone in 2015.
Produced in Kent champions the food and drink sector in the Garden of England and its Taste of Kent Awards have become established as a major celebration of ‘the best of the best’ in the county. The awards celebrated its 10th anniversary recently and the organisers staged the final at the Kent Event Centre for the first time as they searched for a larger and more suitable venue.

Produced in Kent’s Stephanie Durling said they were delighted with the success of the awards finale, describing the Kent Event Centre as a “natural fit”. The organisation has confirmed that the 2015 awards ceremony will be held at the Kent Event Centre, home to the Kent County Agricultural Society, and the venue for the County Show.  

“It has made complete sense to choose the Kent Event Centre again,” says Stephanie. “The flexibility of the venue means we can use our own caterer while the location and unlimited free parking means it is easy to access.   

“We also truly appreciate the help and support of the staff at the Kent Event Centre and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”  

Kent Event Centre manager Alison Wallington said: “We are delighted that Produced in Kent has chosen to bring the Taste of Kent Awards back here. We are passionate about this event and we look forward to hosting these prestigious awards in 2015.”  

Kent Event Centre is preparing for the opening of its new £1.5m conference building.  The hall is 42 metres wide and 72 metres long and can seat up to 4,000 people in theatre style.  

Ease of access by road and rail and the availability of hotels make the Kent Event Centre a great choice for events. Facilities comprise the Clive Emson Conference Centre (1,700 sq m), the John Hendry Pavilion (1,750sq m) and the Astor Pavilion (151 sq m). There are also six major meeting rooms. There is free parking on site for up to 10,000 vehicles.

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