With a host of food and drink vedors from across Essex and the rest of the UK, as well as food demonstrations, celebrity chefs and music and entertainment; this festival makes a great day out for families and foodies alike.
Living in Essex, I’m proud of much of our local produce. The quality of farm shops, innovative food companies and home-cooking is, at times, stunning. As such, I love to explore the food scene all over Essex and surrounding counties, and what better way to take it all in than at a food festival.
I first attended the Essex Festival of Food and Drink several years ago. My mum and I stumbled across it by chance, but the result was one of our most treasured days out in recent times. We sampled endless food, made more purchases than we could carry and enjoyed eating freshly made meals while soaking up the sun and the live music.
The festival returns this weekend, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July and will be held at Cressing Temple Barns, just outside of Braintree. There is plenty of free parking but an entrance fee of £9 (for adults) will be charged on the door.
This year has an added bonus of featuring two of my favourite chefs on the scene – Tom Kerridge and James Martin, who will both be doing cooking demos on site across the two days (book on the website in advance if possible). There are also cooking classes from local cooking schools such as the Cookery School at Braxted Park and a BBQ competition, hosted by Martin and Su from Heart Breakfast.
For more info, to book tickets and for directions, please visit http://ecfoodfestival2016.apteventspro.co.uk/
Hope to see you there!