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Whether food is your passion or your business, the Essex Business Food Festival is the event to attend this September!

August 9, 2018

We all enjoy food but do we know where it really originates from and who produced the products we see in our high street shops.?

Essex Chambers of Commerce are delighted to celebrate the great diversity of food and drink within our County at our very first Essex Business Food Festival which is our new exhibition taking place at Writtle University College near Chelmsford on Friday 28 September 2018 between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

We will have a variety of exhibitors ranging from small "artisan" producers through to national and international household names.  We shall hear from Jo Fairley, one of the founders of Green and Blacks, about how they developed their brand into a household name. 

Closer to home we have the “Great Essex Food Debate” when we try to second guess what will happen to our food industry and what challenges or opportunities might face local producers in the future.   Apart from Brexit, will the long hot summer we’ve had this year become the norm and what impact might that have on food production? All this and more will be discussed by our panel.

Essex is also home to some great destinations to eat out and we will be joined by local award winning Michelin Star Chef Chris Galvin of Galvin Green Man at Great Waltham. Discover the raw ingredients produced in Essex and then see them turned into a superb meal.

There will also be a Networking Breakfast and a Networking Lunch.  You can book to come to as little or as much of the Festival as you would like.  Don't miss out - book your tickets now by visiting the website:

The timetable of the day is as follows:


Essex Business Food Festival Opens

9.00am - 11.00am

Networking and Breakfast

11.00am - 12.00pm

The Great Essex Food Debate

  • The Rt. Hon. Priti Patel MP
  • David Burch, Director of Policy, Essex Chambers of Commerce
  • Chris Newenham, Joint Managing Director, Wilkin & Sons
  • Ben Underwood, Director East, Country Landowners Association East

12.00pm - 12.30pm


12.30pm - 2.00pm

Give It A Try Vegan Lunch
After Lunch Speaker:
Jo Fairley of Green & Black

2.00pm - 2.30pm


2.30pm - 3.00pm

Cooking Demonstration from:
Chris Galvin of Galvin Green Man

3.00pm - 3.15pm


3.15pm - 4.30pm

Networking and Afternoon Tea

4.30pm - 5.00pm

Tour of Writtle University College Orchard (Optional)


Essex Business Food Festival Closes

For more information and to book tickets, please visit:

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