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Essex consumers urged to keep it local this Christmas Posted On 27 November 2020

RCCE site points shoppers towards small independent foodie businesses

They were our lifeline when the pandemic first took a grip earlier in the year and forced a long, restricting lockdown. And now a leading regional organisation is urging shoppers to stand by local producers this Christmas.

#HelpEssexBuyLocal – formed by the Rural Community Council of Essex to promote the many food and drink businesses in the county – points visitors to producers, supplies, distributors, restaurants and bars, and with the countdown to the festive season in full swing, is urging consumers to buy locally and make the most of what Essex has to offer.

And it hopes, having sampled what the independents can provide, shoppers will stick with them to help rebuild a local economy ravaged by the effects of COVID-19.

Small businesses such as Chocolate Moments, established in Chelmsford just two years ago when Maria Antoniou turned her back on office life to further her ambition of sending the region’s tastebuds into a chocolate frenzy. Having already built a loyal following in the corporate sector, Maria’s made-to-order products are gluten and lactose free and her unique tahini brownie bagged her a Silver FreeFrom award last year. www.chocolate-moments.co.uk

The family-run Dedham Vale Vineyard produces a vast range of reds, whites and rosés, all from Constable Country in the north of the county and perfect for the season of indulgence. Spearheading the rise of Essex-produced wines, they use traditional methods and name their lines after local landmarks and the area’s Roman heritage. www.dedhamvalevineyard.com

Similarly, the Brentwood Brewing Company blends age-old methods with modern equipment to create quality real ales in a town with a history of brewing and malting. Their 14 years in business have produced as many awards as the gluten-free tipples on their shelves – check out seasonal numbers such as Frosty Baubles and Good Elf – and they also ensure spent grain and hops are offered to farmers and allotment holders for use as fertilisers. www.brentwoodbrewing.co.uk

And for those with a sweet tooth, Chelmsford-based Wildwing Honey produces a 100 per cent pure unprocessed honey from ethically-managed hives. The journey from comb to point of sale – it is available in the city, Maldon, Colchester, Braintree, Shenfield and Witham – takes less than 24 hours so the distinct bouquet and flavour remains undiminished. Plus, you will be supporting local bees, who are free to forage where they please, as well as local business. www.wildwinghoney.co.uk

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