July sees Cressing Temple Barns in Essex host the Essex Food and Drink Festival. The grounds of the ancient site are filled with stalls selling everything from cheese, to curry pastes, to locally brewed beer. Each stallholder is a specialist in their field and they are willing to offer advice and ideas on how to use their product to enhance your cooking. Celebrity chefs present cooking masterclasses throughout the weekend to teach you the tricks of the trade. It is very family friendly and children are welcomed and are even offered their own cooking classes. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy some of the delicious treats on offer and the live music really does give it that festival feeling.