Tickle tastebuds at food and drink fair

GOOD FOOD: Councillor Spencer, right, with Daniel Gee from food fair sponsors Midlands Cooperative Society
GOOD FOOD: Councillor Spencer, right, with Daniel Gee from food fair sponsors Midlands Cooperative Society

Food lovers are invited to get down to the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair this weekend.

The festival is being held at Hardwick Hall on Saturday, 21 May and Sunday, 22 May.

More than 100 food and drink stalls selling everything from cheese and wine to cakes and pickles will be housed in marquees in the grounds of the stately home.

There will also be a separate marquee housing arts and crafts stalls with the chance to see artists showing off their work from traditional crafts to contemporary art during the weekend.

On Saturday, visitors can watch cookery demonstrations by celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, resident chef on BBC2’s Something for the Weekend

There will also be the chance to learn how to cook in the great outdoors with Martin Dorey from the BBC2 series One Man and his Campervan.

On Sunday, Dean Edwards from ITV’s Daybreak will be showing off his culinary skills to visitors.

And there will be fun for all the family with live music, competitions, countryside craft demonstrations, children’s activities, a bouncy castle and face painting.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the festival. Derbyshire County Council launched the event in 2001 to help traders and producers promote their goods and boost the economy.

More than 10,000 people visited last year’s event.

Councillor Simon Spencer, deputy leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “It is a perfect opportunity for businesses to meet their customers face-to-face and it gives customers a chance to try the produce before they buy.

“And with a host of activities on both days it’s a perfect day out for all the family so I’d urge people to come and join in the fun.”

Entry is £4 for adults (£2 concessions) with children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult getting in free.

The Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 21 May and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, 22 May.