Brand New for 2019

The Meadow Croft Food & Drink Festival

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The Festive Spirit

If you've been to our German Christmas Market, then you'll know we love to put on events.....But who wants to wait a whole year, right?  We've been brewing the idea (pun intended!) of a summer food festival for some time and owing to the creation of our new events ground, we bring you a brand new event for 2019.

Music & Munch

The Meadow Croft Food and Drink Festival will host a selection of some of the finest artisan and fine food and drink suppliers and traders we can find, many of which are locally based.  There will also be live music and a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy yourself among the straw bales whilst tasting some of the fine food and drink on offer on our newly-created events ground at Meadow Croft.

Compleat Paella


You can enjoy a great range of eat-in and take-away foods including locally produced wines from New Hall Vineyard, craft beers from Maldon Brewing Co, handmade chutneys, pickles and jams, Paella, Churros, organic olives, Game BBQ, hog roast, Illy Coffee, handmade ice cream and much more besides.  The Festival will be a mix of outdoor and undercover in marquees.

We also have entertainment for children, you'll find more details of this a bit further down in the 'Kids Corner' section.

The garden centre will be open as usual on both days.







Tickets will be available on the gate.

Adults - £3

Children under 12 - free

Free parking available on-site

Live Music

OuBeards and Bracesr live music stage will entertain the crowds from 11am both days. 

Saturday will include an upbeat mix of music including retro rock 'n' roll, Mariachi and music with a folky-twist.

Sunday will have a more laid-back vibe.



11am - Josh Brough

12pm  - The Retrobates

1pm - Mariachi el Mexicano

2pm - The Retrobates

3pm - Mariachi el Mexicano

4pm - Josh Brough


11am - Beards and Braces

12pm - Three Mile Hill

1pm - Beards and Braces

2pm - Three Mile Hill 

3pm - Josh Brough

4pm - Three Mile Hill


Kids Corner

Meadow Croft Potting Bench - We'll be running FREE children's gardening sessions throughout the day, so help us dig up the dirt!

Bumblebee Events  - Will be getting creative and crafty on their children's craft stall.

Mini Meadows Mini Golf and our play area will be open on both days.

Confirmed Stallholders

The artisan and craft food and drink producers joining us for our Food & Drink Festival are largely from the East Anglian region.  Our list is growing, so check back here for more information.

The Muffin Makery Co





New Hall Vineyard


The Muffin Makery Co

ComplEAT Caterers  - Paella and Churros




Drummonds of Hertford Cheese


Maldon Sea Salt Tiptree 

Drummonds of Hertford Cheese



Maldon Brewing Company The Food Beaver


Maldon Brewing Company Paradiso Italian Flavour Street Food

The Food Beaver 



Green Cow Catering Grazy Dayz Heart of Suffolk Distillery


Green Cow Catering Grazy Dayz

Heart of Suffolk Distillery



The Giggly Pig Co


Birthe's Kitchen Giggly Pig - Hog roast & sausages

Maud's Ice Cream Harlow



Harleston Cider Company Illy Coffee Ravenous Fudge


Harleston Cider Company

Illy Coffee

Ravenous Fudge


Charlotte's Homemade Cakes Fine Food Land


Nonnas Pizza Meadow Croft's Homemade Cakes

Fine Food Land - Organic olives, nuts and baklava



Meadow Croft German Bratwurst and Beer Oxi Gin Botanicals


Our Traditional German Market Food & Beer Cabin is making an appearance! Bumble Bee Events Children's Crafts

Oxi-Gin Botanicals

Chelmsford Beekeepers Hullabaloos Lemonade


Chelmsford Beekeepers Association


Hullabaloos Lemonade Fizz and Tonic



Vida Bakery

Sarah's American Larder Hannington's Seafood Bar


Where to Find Us

The Food & Drink Festival will be located at the rear of the garden centre.  Our new event ground is located at the back of our Rose Garden.  Entry will be through the garden centre itself.  Parking is available in our main and overflow car parks. 

If you are coming by car and haven't visited us before, make sure to use your SATNAV as we are a bit off the 'beaten track'!

SS11 7QU will get you here!

Stallholder Information

We have lots more stalls to announce, if you are interested in more information as a stallholder or if you would be interested in performing live music, please contact our Events team.

Press and Marketing Enquiries

For press enquiries, please contact Victoria Griffiths, Marketing Manager.