Food lovers invited to county fair

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

The event – which is celebrating its 10th anniversary – is being held in the beautiful surroundings of Hardwick Hall on Saturday and Sunday.

Derbyshire County Council launched the event to help local traders and producers promote their goods and boost the local economy.

And with more than 10,000 people visiting last year’s event it helps them to highlight their business to local people and tourists across Derbyshire.

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 and learn how to cook in the great outdoors with Martin Dorey from the BBC2 series One Man and his Camper van.

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

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

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair is now firmly on the culinary calendar.

“It’s a perfect day out for all the family with a host of activities to suit all ages so I’d urge people to come along 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.

Visitors to the food fair will also be able to get 2-for-1 entry to Hardwick Hall and the gardens over the weekend.

For more information about the food and drink fair visit www.derbyshirefoodfestival.co.uk.