10:24 Wednesday 09 October 2013

Never a dull moment in the National Forest

Written byCAROLINE KAY

THROUGHOUT the year a host of exciting events and activities take place in the National Forest, ranging from riverside regattas to scarecrow shows.

There are also live theatre performances, musical masterpieces, concerts, talks and guided walks.

Now there is another string to this impressive bow, with the long-awaited National Forest Food and Drink Fair taking place on Sunday, October 13 at Rosliston Forestry Centre.

Buy. Try. Compete. Create. But, most importantly, come and see.

There is so much to do in these scenic and sumptuous surroundings between 10am and 4pm. The dilemma will be how to fit it all in.

A top quality Farmers’ Market will showcase food and drink producers from the National Forest and beyond, and visitors will be able to purchase and sample cheese, chocolate, wine and other great food and drink.

Another opportunity to tantalise those tastebuds exists during cookery demonstrations in the Marquee. Expect the unexpected as experts from Sealwood Wines, the Amalfi White restaurant and Abracadabra Baked Creations show off their skills.

If you are wondering what the kids will get up to while you salivate uncontrollably, fear not. Face painting, an adventure playground, crazy golf and much more besides lie in wait.

Debbie Chesterman, manager at Rosliston Forestry Centre, said: “We are so excited about hosting this inaugural event.

“The quality and range of food and drink businesses across the National Forest is fantastic and they take centre stage on the day.

“It promises to be a special occasion and an amazing atmosphere that showcases what makes the area so unique.”

There will be something going on at every turn. Budding bakers are entering the Abracadabra Bake Off competition for the best forest themed cupcake and have taken up a challenge to create a ‘Signature Cake’ for the National Forest.

The nation has Bakewell Tart and Dundee Cake – now it is our turn. We can’t wait to see the results.

Becky Brooks, speaking for Abracadbra, said: “We are delighted to bring the magic of baking to the National Forest and are looking forward to seeing some creative entries – especially after all those episodes of the Great British Bake Off!”

Visitors will also be able to view an amazing edible collage depicting the National Forest logo. The collage will be made entirely from cupcakes thanks to the help of children at Rosliston Primary and Pre-Schools.

Plus, if a little fruit and nut is what you fancy, people who live in the National Forest can register for a young native fruit or nut tree to plant in their garden. These can be collected at the end of November when the planting season starts. More trees will mean even more forest produce growing in The National Forest!

The National Forest Company (NFC) and South Derbyshire District Council are supporting the extravaganza.

NFC chief executive Sophie Churchill said: “The National Forest Food and Drink Fair will show what a marvellous range of local produce is available in the National Forest and we can’t wait to get started.”

Councillor Bob Wheeler, leader of the district council, said: “This is the perfect platform to celebrate and promote the wonderful food and drink that the National Forest has to offer. From free range pork to wonderful wines to welcoming pubs, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

To all the foodies out there, it is now over to you. Come and get a taster of what the area has to offer and bring your bellies – you are going to need them.

If you want further information on the food and drink fair, telephone 01283 563483 or visit www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk/events

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