9 June 2010

Mersea Food, Drink & Leisure Festival 2010

The second annual Food, Drink and Leisure Festival was held at Mersea Island Vineyard on 29/30 May. This year it offered a showcase for an even more extensive range of our fabulous local food and drink, as well as displays featuring Mersea’s coastal heritage and wildlife, and stalls promoting local charities and organisations.

A two-day programme of music and dance included displays by Mersea Dance and Mersea Island Young Players, sea shanties from Mersea Island Players, belly dancing with Alimah Dance, and music from John Leyland and the Lantern Band, Cross Stitch and Blackwaterside. Following a knock-out performance with the Chrissie Lee Trio at the Peldon May Festival the previous evening, Helen Abbey came along to sing on the Saturday, accompanied by Ian Jewitt, but but they were unfortunately defeated in the end by the increasingly torrential rain and howling wind. Mercifully, the weather improved considerably in time for Sunday’s events, and the crowds turned out to enjoy the Festival to the full on a beautifully sunny afternoon.

There are some nice pictures of musicians taken over the weekend by Chrissie Gamble on the Gallery page, along with some frankly atrocious snaps captured from the video clips I took which turned out to be too long and too poor in quality to disseminate to a wider audience either here, on YouTube, or anywhere else.

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