The Crouch Valley Festival was a huge success
Published on Monday, 5th August 2019
With thousands of people attending the event, Maldon District Council would like to thank all the traders, suppliers, volunteers, musicians and council staff who made this event possible.
The Maldon district is rightly proud of its local food and drink and the event was conceived to celebrate the exciting growth of the Crouch Valley Vineyards. Their wonderful wines are a product of the passion and hard work of local farmers coupled with the ideal grape growing conditions of the Maldon District and Crouch Valley.
The Maldon district is fortunate to have three award-winning breweries, each with their own distinct and excellent ales, lager and spirits. Both Wibblers Brewery and Maldon Brewing Company had a ‘sell-out’ weekend, catering for all beer enthusiasts and fans alike.
Foodie were also spoilt for choice with international brands, celebrated producers, industry leading farmers and excellent artisan traders – The Crouch Valley Festival catered for everyone – including veggie, vegan, gluten-free food and also our canine friends!
The Crouch Valley Festival was also packed with fantastic entertainment, family rides, and creative fun. Not forgetting live music and dance, including Epic Dance, The Franky Debiex Band, Dirty Wafer, Colin Davies and Abbey Rouges.
We would also like to thank BASICS Essex Accident Rescue Service (BEARS), who supported the event and collected over £1300 in donations from attendees during the weekend.
Cllr Sue White, Chairman of Community Services said “We would like to thank Paul, Christine and the BEARS team for their vital support over the weekend and congratulate them on the excellent work the charity does. The festival was a fantastic event enjoyed by thousands of people and helped raise the profile of local food and drink producers, supported business growth, gastro tourism and appreciation of local food and drink.”
Organisers also worked with the Community Rail Partnership to promote rail travel to the event and hundreds of people also made use of the town’s train links from Southminster, South Woodham Ferrers and Wickford and more.
With so much to do, taste and discover, visitors were spoilt for choice, but perhaps it was the festival’s location which made it so special (if a little dramatic on Saturday morning due to the weather) on the banks of the River Crouch with views over to RSPB’s Wallasea Island.
Jack Ellum, Tourism and Events Manager and Festival Director said “We had a fantastic weekend which would not have been possible without the support of so many people. My thanks to all the traders, suppliers, volunteers, musicians and council staff who made this event possible and to everyone who attended and enjoyed this well-mannered and family friendly event. We would love to get peoples’ feedback on the event by completing a short survey.”