Essex knows how to celebrate food and drink: A trip to the Essex Food Festival

What a difference from our previous visit to Cressing Temple Barns for the Essex Game and Country Fair back in March in the snow! The sun may not have been shining on Saturday morning for our visit to The Essex Festival of Food and Drink, but I think that only served to attract more visitors to what can only be described as an incredibly successful event for the organisers and, I imagine, for the producers.

I won’t do a run through of all of the stands we visited and the produce we bought – there are far too many, so we’ll do some separate blog posts about our favourites – but I thought it was worth mentioning the huge range of stalls and producers and the fantastic quality of the produce.

We turned up at opening time and had a little while to walk around and take everything in, but it wasn’t long before both of the food barns were thronging. There was a huge amount of interest in the produce and producers, which was great to see. The majority came from East Anglia, but there were some from as far afield as Cornwall and the Lake District, and there was everything from pork pies to popcorn.

Our photos just give a hint of what was going on – I think the resident chickens were slightly perplexed, but if they were then they didn’t let on. And if the crowds and reactions after the festival on Twitter were anything to go by, I’m sure the festival will go from strength to strength in 2014.

One of the resident chickens

One of the resident chickens

A huge variety of stalls, from sausages to fudge

A huge variety of stalls, from sausages to fudge

A taste of what was going on outside

A taste of what was going on outside

Getting busy inside the barn

Getting busy inside the barn

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