Baking festival promotes Dales at Chris Evans’s event

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Bakewell was in the national spotlight once again when the town’s Baking Festival was invited to represent Derbyshire at Chris Evans’s popular Carfest North.

The Bakewell Baking Festival was one of only a few exhibitors handpicked to represent the Best of British at the event, held at Oulton Park motor racing track in Cheshire over the weekend.

Paul Morgans and Janet Reeder, festival organisers, were approached by the BBC and asked to participate in the event following the success of the first ever baking festival in June.

They were also asked to stage the Mr Darcy custard pie fight – which made national headlines after the Mercury revealed that no insurer would cover the event.

Paul Morgans, Mayor of Bakewell, said: “Our stand, and especially the pie fight, were a huge success and really raised awareness of Bakewell and Derbyshire.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Derbyshire County Council who supported us at the event.”

Visitors to the stand also voted whether they preferred Bakewell Tarts of Bakewell Puddings after a sample. Tarts won 370 to 356.