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Talks & Tastings Tent

Join us under the trees and discover the best-in-craft as our producers and some special guests celebrate everything craft food and drink (plus a chance to get your hands on some free samples!). Hosted by Ollie 'The Hopsmith' from Leigh-on-Sea's Hopsters.

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A can of Leigh on Sea Brewery Legra Pale Ale beer

The rise of the Essex brewery, Q&A with LOSB & RCBW

From a meeting in a Leigh pub in 2016 to the present day, Leigh on Sea Brewery has grown and spread its love of great beer across the county - while Radio City's brewery recently quadrupled in size to keep up with demand. Join these Essex brewers for some brilliant samples, and discover why Essex beer is so great.

Three different glasses of craft drink with cheese squares

Craft beer, cider, nectar + cheese pairing

Join renowned beer and food writer Melissa Cole who's treating you to a canter through some fantastic Essex cheeses paired with beer and cider. First come, first served, there are only 50 cheese sample plates to be had, so get yourself to the tent on time!

A flight of 5 beers

Beer Tasting*

The expanding world of craft beer is brought together in our 25-minute expert-led tasting session hosted by Ollie 'The Hopsmith' from Hopsters. Try five unique beers from Lazydays' breweries - not available anywhere else at the festival - whilst learning about what it means to run a craft brewery. *Additional ticket required.

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Great British Bake Off's Dana Conway GBBO 2023

Boozy Baking with GBBO's Dana Conway

Southend 2023 GBBO contestant Dana Conway takes to the stage for all her favourite boozy sweet treat pairings. Think stout chocolate cupcakes, mouth-watering Pina Colada cakes, oozing sticky toffee pudding with whisky caramel sauce, and dreamy gin and tonic cakes, Of course, there will be some to try too!

Copper Rivett's Abhi Banik with a glass of whisky

Whisky + Beer - The Boilermaker with Copper Rivett + Bianca Road

Maybe not the first pairing on everyone's minds - but beer and whisky go back to the 1800s! Copper Rivett's head distiller Abhi Banik shows off some of its world-class whisky teamed up with some of Lazydays' breweries. Come discover your favourite.

Comedian Ross McGrane is hugged by co-presenter and fellow comedia John Oaks. Ross is uncomfortable.

John’s Rossipes (with Ross & John)

Join comedians and Radio Essex Weekend Breakfast hosts Ross & John for the first live “John’s Rossipes”. Learn along with John as Ross teaches him (and you) how to cook a simple 15-minute meal (possibly 17 mins, 12 mins, or 24 mins depending on how much a mess John makes).

A bottle of red is held against a blue sky and poured into a wine glass.

Unpacking English Wine with the Secret Vine.

Too long has English wine taken a back seat or been immediately written off. Join us to take the stuffiness out of wine, as we make it approachable, fun and most of all understandable. Come and discover a wine revolution - and some samples of course! 

Three cocktails are toasted by friends

Essex Spirit Co: The ultimate summer cocktails

Ever looked at your spirits cabinet and wondered how you can quickly throw together a cocktail at home? Or want something a bit showey-off for friends at your next BBQ? Zane and the Essex Spirit Co team are here to show you a few tips and tricks to take the complexity out of some great summer cocktails.

Duration Brewery's Miranda opens a can of beer

Brewer Q&As with Siren, Duration and Bianca Road

Lazydays is championing independent craft drink producers from across Essex and beyond, each one with its own story and style. But what goes into that process? What makes these brewery's beers so special? Discover everything there is to know - complete with a few tasters.

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Cheese and beer photo by Michela Simoncini.