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Award-winning farm shop signs up for food festival

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: May 16, 2012

GROWING SUCCESS:  Peter McTurk of Calcott Hall Farm Shop

GROWING SUCCESS: Peter McTurk of Calcott Hall Farm Shop

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PETER McTurk and his team from Calcott Hall will be at the Essex Chronicle Media Group's Festival of Food and Drink with a full range of fabulous seasonal fruit and vegetables, many of them grown on their farm.

Calcott Hall is a farm shop with a difference. Festival organiser Anne Pocock paid a visit to the shop recently and she said: "I was totally surprised at the size of the farm shop and the whole shopping experience.

"I was on my way to a supermarket to buy my weekly shopping but I ended up doing most of it at Calcott Hall!

"The choice of regional produce is huge – they have more than 50 regional suppliers with food ranging from cheeses to pesto and smoked salmon to yoghurts and berries. And not forgetting the most amazing choice of fresh fruit and vegetables.

"For a fresh, new shopping experience, a visit to Calcott Hall is simply a must," said Anne.

Lloyd Mann, director of food at Vacherin Ltd, is the first chef demonstrating on stage at the festival on Saturday, July 21 and has chosen to use fresh ingredients for his menu from Calcott Hall Farm.

Lloyd, from Mersea Island, said he wanted to incorporate as much seasonal local produce into his menu as possible and Calcott Hall was an ideal choice for the vegetables for his dish.

We will be publishing Lloyds menu closer to the festival weekend – you really will have a wonderful treat in store when he takes to the stage.

To find out more about Calcott Hall Farm Shop go to www.calcotthall.com For more information about the festival visit www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/ foodfestival

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