A FREE pop-up food festival running this month will explore how integral food is to Essex's history, culture, and identity. 

An array of tasty events will be held in Colchester, Manningtree, and Walton.

The event is running from November 9 to November 18. 

The programme will launch on November 9 with a "Sniff-and-Share" workshop held at Queen Street Brewhouse in Colchester, where visitors can make and take home, Tudor-inspired mixes. 

On November 11 there will be a children’s “Sweet Stories” workshop at Manningtree Arts full of poetry and treats, followed by a creative writing workshop using food to tell stories of community, migration, and home.

Later on, there will be the headline “Tasting Menu Open Mic Night and Poetry Reading!” at University Colchester’s Lakeside Theatre.

The Hungry Human Project is organised by researchers at the University of Essex and is part of the national Being Human festival of events celebrating arts and humanities research.

Dr Jordan Savage from the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies is the series organiser.

He said: “The programme offers an opportunity for us to come together to break bread and celebrate everything that we are”.

All and further events are free to attend but booking is required.