The Mersea Island Festival is a celebration of the food
and drink for which the area is rightly
proud and has often become famous for
Food & Drink
Itís time to delight your taste buds!
Held at the Mersea Island Vineyard and
Brewery the festival gives wine lovers and
real ale fans a treat. They can enjoy loads
of samples and find out how to match foods
with different wines and beers for maximum
flavour from both plate and glass.
Visitors will be encouraged to take their
time wandering from stand to stand, chatting
to the producers and sampling their wares,
everything from smoked foods and fresh fish
and meat to ice-cream, cakes and preserves.
The tasty sights and smells are bound to
make visitors hungry. So, not only can you
buy food to take home, you can also feast on
delights on the day such as a hog roast and
freshly cooked crepes or light refreshments
from the traditional tea tent.
Arts & Crafts
Mersea has a distinct island character with
something to interest any visitor.
At the Festival youíll meet local artists,
photographers and crafts people whose work
reflects the beauty of Mersea; the verdant
countryside and the light on the water, the
hazy dawn and the glorious sunsets. Why not
buy or commission a work of art to remind
you of your visit. Feel free to speak with
the artists and share their inspiration and
Any work of art would be a welcome addition
to your home or garden but there are also
hand crafted homewares to make life ordered
as well as beautiful!
Past & Present
The islandís natural beauty has always
attracted artists and photographers.
The Mersea Island Museum Trust will be show
a fascinating selection of photographs of
Mersea in times gone by, many of which are
from the renowned Brian Jay collection, with
Chrissie Gamble, an award winning Mersea
photographer, bringing us bang up to date
with her portfolio of island images.
The Mersea Island Food, Drink and Leisure
Festival wouldnít be the same without a
wealth of entertainment to keep you occupied
in between visiting the many exhibitors.
There is always a full programme of music,
song and dance. There is something for
everyone as musicians and dancers from
Mersea and the local area perform for your
For more information about Mersea Island
visit their website