Local producers showcased at fair

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AN annual food festival is due to serve up a host of local food and drink producers.

Numerous businesses from around the Matlock area will be showcasing their produce at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair.

The culinary celebration will be held at Hardwick Hall on May 26 and 27.

Local companies in attendance include the Garden Farm, based at Riber, Bloomers, of Bakewell, the Ten Out Of Ten Cupcake Co., of Darley Moor, and Bolehill-based cookware manufacturer, Josie Walter.

The festival will feature more than 150 stalls showing off some of the best local produce from Derbyshire and the Peak District have to offer, as well as some unique and exotic foods.

More than 10,000 visitors are expected over the weekend and a couple of celebrity chefs will be on hand to show off their culinary abilities.

On the first day Simon Rimmer, star of BBC1’s Something for the Weekend, will be in the cookery theatre.

On the second day Dean Edwards, of ITV’s Lorraine breakfast show, will be staging demonstrations.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “People come from far and wide to visit the fair which is firmly on the culinary map as a celebration of all that is good about Derbyshire.

“I’d urge people to get the date in their diary so they don’t miss out and food and drink producers to give serious thought to the benefit exhibiting at the fair could have for them.”

Entry to the event will cost £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and is free for children under the age of 16.

Lucky Mercury readers have a chance to win one of two sets of family tickets to the fair. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is fill in the following form and return it the Matlock Mercury, 4 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE4 3AS, by Wednesday, April 18.

The usual Matlock Mercury competition rules apply.