Southend Carnival Events is the operational arm of Southend Carnival Association which has been raising funds for the community for over 100 years. 2017 is the Southend Alternative City of Culture and the 125th Anniversary of the Borough of Southend. We offered to support this by organising a food and drink festival and in June 16 sought a partner organisation to support us. From the very initial contact to the current time I have found Food Festivals Ltd to be open to new ways of working; not least to operate out of their usual patch and found they had innovative ideas and solid experience of the operational issues in events of this scale. We have quickly formed a close working partnership and have been able to resolve issues quickly and get the project off the ground in a short space of time . We hope this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship.