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FOOD and drink businesses are being invited to showcase their produce at Derbyshire’s biggest culinary celebration.

Stall bookings are filling up fast for Derbyshire County Council’s annual Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair at Hardwick Hall on May 26 and 27.

With more than 10,000 people expected to visit it offers local producers and suppliers the chance to promote their goods and highlight their businesses to locals and tourists.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, the authority’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Derbyshire is blessed with some superb producers of food and drink and this is the ideal opportunity for them to demonstrate their quality and boost business.”

Over 150 stalls are expected to showcase the best of Derbyshire produce as well as exotic foods from further afield.

Simon Rimmer, resident chef on BBC2’s Something for the Weekend, will join leading local cooks to stage demonstrations in the cooking theatre.

Family entertainment will include live music, competitions and face painting.

The popular arts and crafts section is expected to host 50 local artists, ranging from contemporary art to traditional craftworks.

Midlands Cooperative Society is backing the event as a lead sponsor, but the main role of title sponsor is still available, together with other opportunities as contributing sponsors.

For a sponsorship pack and further information about the event, contact tourism officer Stephanie Walsh on 01629 538464 or email