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Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair at Elvaston Castle Country Park

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair

Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair

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VARIETY is the spice of life in South Derbyshire – rolling countryside is dotted with picturesque villages, historic houses and gardens, meandering rivers and canals, skiing and tobogganing.

Then of course there is the picturesque National Forest, Britain’s most ambitious environmental project, covering 200 square miles.

When thinking of South Derbyshire, your mind may be drawn to Swadlincote and Melbourne, or historic areas such as Ticknall, Repton and Newton Solney.

Looking a little further afield, you come to Elvaston Castle Country Park, encompassing 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and historical gardens.

This is the perfect setting for the county’s leading culinary event – the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair which takes place on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 - will showcase more than 140 exhibitors at the 12th annual event of its kind. Whether it is locally produced or world inspired, the variety of food and drink on offer will tempt even the fussiest of folk.

Since its creation, the Food and Drink Fair has grown from strength to strength. Last year, more than 15,600 visitors were in attendance – a record number!

This year, food lovers are expected to descend en masse to enjoy the marvellous array of food and drinks from Derbyshire and further afield.

Foods on offer include venison burgers, Hartington cheese, homemade pizzas, paella, jams, chutneys and oils, cakes, spices, herbs and much more.

For the thirsty, there will be plenty to drink – from teas and coffees to champagne, traditional cordials, ales, vodkas and cider.

Celebrity chef Dean Edwards will be sharing his skills in the cookery theatre and there will be demonstrations throughout the weekend by leading local chefs.

The full line-up will be:

Saturday, May 17

11am - TV Chef Dean Edwards

Noon - Denise Tollyfield of Denby

1pm - TV Chef Dean Edwards

2pm - Derby University chef

3pm - TV Chef Dean Edwards

4pm - Derby University chef

Sunday, May 18

11am - TV Chef Dean Edwards

Noon - James Duckett – Samuel Fox Country Inn

1pm - TV Chef Dean Edwards

2pm - Peter Edge, Harpurs Melbourne

3pm - TV Chef Dean Edwards

There will also be entertainment and live music throughout the weekend and a high quality arts and crafts marquee showcasing contemporary artwork and traditional crafts by Derbyshire artists.

Toyota Motor Corporation is supporting the Japanese Pavilion at the event, and a delegation from Toyota City will be demonstrating and introducing some special recipes made with traditional green tea leaves. Visitors to the Japanese Pavilion will be able to sample and buy products.

Toyota City specialities, including Japanese sake, green tea, Japanese washi (traditional hand-made paper), will also be displayed and sold in the Japanese Pavilion.

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “The Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair is a wonderful day out for all of the family and a record 15,600 visitors attended last year.

“It also helps to celebrate and support all of the fantastic local food and drink producers we have in Derbyshire and boost the local economy.”

More than 100,000 people have attended the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair since it began in 2002.

Louise Milroy (pictured left with chairman councillor Dave Wilcox), owner of Liza Bakes, said: “The Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair is a great opportunity, not just for selling and raising your business’ profile, but for building relationships with other local businesses.”

To find out more about the fair, which is sponsored by the McArthurGlen East Midlands Designer Outlet, visit www.derbyshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or www.facebook.com/Derbyshirefoodanddrink

Tickets cost £5 for adults and £1 for children and the fair is open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Visitors to the food fair can park for free.

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