Ed­i­tor’s Com­ment

Essex Life - - CONTENT - JU­LIAN READ, ED­I­TOR ju­lian.read@archant.co.uk Twit­ter@es­sexlife

It’s been a busy month for the Es­sex Life team. Firstly, on Septem­ber 20, Es­sex Life joined forces with Chan­nels Es­tate near Chelms­ford for its first ever Au­tumn Splen­dour sup­per and fash­ion show. The fash­ion show fea­tured a cat­walk pre­sen­ta­tion of both male and fe­male mod­els show­cas­ing some of the very best lo­cal fash­ions from the Es­sex high street, in­clud­ing pre­sen­ta­tions from Freeport Brain­tree, Ernest Doe, Slaters Menswear in Chelms­ford and Dress Code Nine in Kelve­don.

The event also helped to raise funds for Kids In­spire on the evening, a char­ity which sup­ports chil­dren across the county re­cov­er­ing from trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences or deal­ing with emerg­ing men­tal health is­sues. You can get a flavour of this fab­u­lous event on page 98.

On the sub­ject of flavour, a week later the team were at Down Hall Coun­try House for the ninth Es­sex Life Food & Drink Awards. The awards are firmly es­tab­lished as the most pres­ti­gious and cov­eted food and drink awards within the county.

Cru­cially, en­trants are nom­i­nated by the read­ers of Es­sex Life mag­a­zine, so the awards recog­nise what cus­tomers think – some­thing that is vi­tal for any suc­cess­ful business. All of these nom­i­na­tions are scru­ti­nised by a panel of ex­pert judges be­fore two judges for each category then re­search and ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand each short-listed en­trant. From this process, each category’s set of three fi­nal­ists is de­cided and ul­ti­mately, the win­ner.

Close to 200 guests were there as these win­ners were an­nounced at a glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony at Down Hall, some­thing that wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the vi­tal sup­port of head­line spon­sor, Wilkin & Sons, as well as our spon­sors for each of the 11 cat­e­gories. It proved to be another fan­tas­tic evening with a stun­ning menu and you can find out all the win­ners from page 152.

Win­ners cel­e­brate at the Es­sex Life Food & Drink Awards 2018

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