Delight for food heroes

Hot Stuff: The Chilli Jam Man, Simon Barrett of Leeds, was on hand to give visitors a taste of his unusual jams and sauces at the Chatsworth House Food and Drink Fair.
Hot Stuff: The Chilli Jam Man, Simon Barrett of Leeds, was on hand to give visitors a taste of his unusual jams and sauces at the Chatsworth House Food and Drink Fair.

The sun shone on a mouth-watering selection of the best food and drink in the region at Chatsworth’s annual food and drink fair this weekend.

And the event came just days after the estate was presented with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of its role in sparking the local food movement.

Visitors to the food fair wandered around in glorious weather, sampling the wares of artisan producers from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire as well as gastronomic delights from further afield.

Simon Barrett of Leeds, otherwise known as the Chilli Jam Man, was on hand to give visitors a taste of his unusual jams and sauces, while Karen Hunnisett of Simply Cocoa in Altrincham was pulling in the sweet-toothed members of the crowd with her homemade chocolate lollies.

Also available to take home were farmhouses cheeses, game and poultry, toffee and fudge, jams and oils, air dried meats and German salami.

And there was plenty of food for those in attendance to get their teeth into there and then,

Afia Akram of Afia’s in Birmingham served up tasty homemade samosas, while Ross Webb of The Merry Monk Tavern in Alnwick, Northumberland spent the day preparing jugs of Pimms for thirsty punters,

The food fair came hot on the heels of the Chatsworth Estate being presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Countryside Alliance in recognition of its role in the food movement in the region.

The award – the first of its kind ever given out - was presented to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who accepted the award on behalf of the estate’s staff at a House of Lords reception on March 30.

Countryside Alliance board member Lord Gardiner of Kimble said: “This is the first lifetime achievement award we have been moved to present in the awards’ six year history.

“It is a huge privilege for the awards to reward the hundreds of people involved in the Chatsworth Estate with this special recognition.”

The Duke of Devonshire said: “This new award for exceptional achievement is for everyone who works, and has worked, on the estate over the last 40 years and we are immensely proud to receive it on their behalf.”