Whats On

A Perfect Weekend for Foodies

The Essex Festival of Food and Drink does exactly what it says on the tin!

Food glorious food - and drink of course!

Keep checking back to see what new experiences we have added

If you wish to watch the demonstrations from our celebrity chefs, don't hang about - they usually sell out in advance of the festival weekend

Celebrity Chefs

James Martin

James will be at the festival for a third year on Saturday 15th July demonstrating  at 11.00am : 1.00pm : and 3.00pm. He will also be signing his books after each demonstration.

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya may very well have been the smallest baker in the GBBO tent in 2015 but what she lacked in height she made up for with her amazing creations, her enthusiasim wit and warmth. However it's not just bakes that make  our mouths water, it's her amazing cooking in general. Nadiya will be demonstrating at 11am and 1pm on Sunday 16th July. She will be signing her books after each demonstration


Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen

New for 2017 - Expert chefs will cook and provide exquisite food samples and top cooking tips. There will be multiple sessions each day. And you even get to help the chefs for a real hands on experience! No bookings necessary - seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are free of charge. Each table will have sharing plates to taste and try and sessions last for 40 minutes. Timings will be posted closer to the festival weekend.

The Only Way is Local Pavilion










Sponsored by the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, this area will be bursting with  Essex producers with a superb selection of locally produced goods. From pies and pate's to hand made local crisps and freshly smoked trout to the most beautiful fragrant honey

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Big Cars

Big Cars will have a fantastic range of used cars on display at the festival. they cater for all tastes and budgets and all of their cars undergo a full rigorous health check and 12 month MOT prior to sale. They will have a number of client advisors at the festival over the weekend, on hand to give you more information about the latest special offers, plus any advice on buying a car. Big Cars is adding new stock all the time so please follow them on social media for all the latest offers. Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. You can find all the links on their web site www.big-cars.co.uk

Free Italian Cookery Classes for Kids

Free classes for 8-12 year olds.

Ursula Ferrigno is a talented and experienced cook with a passion for teaching and a love of all things Italian and healthy. She specialises in demonstrating the making of Italian breads, Italian soups and every kind of pasta dish. She has cooked on many TV programmes and is an author of over 18 international cookery books

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Outdoor Food Courts

We have two fabulous Food Courts where you can sit and soak up the festival atmosphere, listen to live music and tuck into scrumptious food and indulge in your favourite tipple. Take a look at the fabulous variety of food and drink on offer

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Broil King BBQ Stage

Adding some sizzle to the festival will be the Broil King Cook-A-Long BBQ Theatre which will appeal to lovers of al fresco dining. A purpose build BBQ stage will feature 4 BBQ cooking sessions where you can cook along with our expert chef. Entry to the BBQ Theatre is included in the entry ticket. Places are available on a first come, first served basis. A full line up off demonstrations will be announced closer to the festival weekend

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Warlingham Wines

Joining in with all the fun at the Broil King stage will be the team from Warlingham Wines with tastings and wine matching to the wonderful BBQ dishes our chefs will be cooking over the weekend.

They will have some outstanding local wines as well as fine wines from France and around the world and some great offers for visitors


Tutored Wine Talks

Our informal workshops will be run by experts and will be FREE of charge to watch. Simply arrive at the festival, check the times of the classes and take a seat. First come first served.

The room will be signposted and the class types and times will be listed

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Recycle for Essex

The recycle for Essex team will be on hand to help you find out how to waste less food and save money. Take part in their fun interactive games and quizzes for all the family including a competition to win an ice cream maker.


Live Music

Tou Can Jam

Brother and sister duo, Lara and Adam have been wowing the festival crowds with their summer sounds for the past few years and the festival just wouldn't be the same without them

Georgia Shackleton Trio

The well-loved Georgia Shackleton Trio combine vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo to play a blend of old time, bluegrass and self-penned material.

Hands on Cookery Master Classes

Join in our cookery masterclasses and learn how to cook some fabulous new dishes with Ann Hood from the Smart School of Cookery

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Hayman's Gin Masterclasses

At the Hayman's Gin Masterclass you will discover a little about how they make gin the original way at their distillery in Witham, the botanicals they use to make Hayman's Gin and why they are important, a tutored tasting of three Hayman's Gins with some Gin history and how to make the perfect Gin and Tonic! Classes are FREE and seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.