Whats On

A Perfect Weekend for Foodies

Tom Kerridge

Tom will be at the festival for his second visit on Saturday 14th July demonstrating  at 11.00am : 1.00pm : and 3.00pm. He will also be signing his latest books after the 11am and 1pm demonstration

Fred Sirieix & Chris Galvin

Fred and Chris will be on stage  together on Sunday 15th July demonstrating at 11.00am and 1.00pm. Fred will also be signing his latest book after the 11am demonstration

Heart breakfast presenters, Martin and Su are much loved festival regulars. They will be introducing Fred Sirieix and Chris Galvin to the stage on Sunday 15th July and taking your questions

Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen

If you don't want to turn your hand to cooking but would like to join us, you can sit in a smaller more intimate environment and watch our resident chefs pull together a meal that you and your table can enjoy. At the same time, you can come up and have a look at our stunning French -door fridges and our innovative DishDrawer dishwasher

This is such a fun way of eating together!

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 Marquee











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 jams and freshly smoked trout to the most beautiful fragrant honey.

A Taste of Anglia Producers Village

Sponsored by Colchester based Ribbon Label and Supplies, the TOA Producers Village is dedicated to producers from the East of England. Here you'll find Artisan produce from delicious cheeses to condiments and preserves to hand crafted spirits and fresh milk and butter!

Free Italian Cookery Classes for Kids

Learn how to make Pizza!

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

Bookings for the classes should be made on arrival at the festival

Hands On Cookery Master Classes

Join in our adult cookery master classes and learn how to cook some fabulous new dishes with Ann Hood from the Smart School of Cookery. Classes should be booked in advance. Click here for details of classes

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. Eat and drink your way around the world!

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 price. Places are available on a first come, first served basis. A full line up off demonstrations will be announced closer to the festival weekend

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

Recycle for Essex and the Love Food Hate Waste Roadshow

The recycle for Essex team will be on hand to help you find out how to waste less food and save money. And the Love Food Hate Waste chefs will be showing you how to cook fabulous dishes with  your left overs and store cupboard ingredients


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


Idreiss is an outstanding male vocalist who performs a versatile array of hits from the last five decades including chart, Motown, soul, Jazz and Swing. he performs at some of the UK's most exclusive venues and hotels including Kensington Roof Gardens, the Dorchester, Claridges and the Langham Hotel