Why Doesn’t Essex have a Destination Food Festival?

Inspired by this weekend’s visit to Ludlow Food Festival (which was brilliant), I was thinking that (my native) Essex should have a destination festival at least as big.  There’s enough quality food.  The countryside is just as beautiful, but in a different way.  It’s very accessible.  What’s stopping it?

Off the top of my head it should include:

 

Tiptree Jam

Tiptree Jam

  • Tiptree Jam
  • Maldon Salt
  • Leigh Cockles
  • Rossi’s Icecream
  • Kelly’s Turkeys
  • Mighty Oak Brewery
  • Crouch Vale Brewery
  • New Hall Vinyards
  • Burnham Mustard
  • Marriage’s Millers
  • Richard Haward Oysters
  • Jamie Oliver
  • Daniel Clifford
  • The Sun, Dedham
What am I missing?  People, location, produce, chefs, restaurateurs?  An existing festival or festivals that already hit the mark?  Let’s create it, at least in theory.  And once the theory is there…
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