Food and drink festival plans underway
Posted: 30/01/2007 17:56:53
Plans are well underway for the sixth Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair at Bolsover Castle which promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The two-day fair will be held on 19-20 May and celebrity chef Ed Baines will be one of the main attractions.
Thousands of people went to the fair last year and this year should prove just as popular, with two large marquees set up in the castle grounds housing around 100 food and drink stalls.
Goods at the fair, which will be open from 10am – 5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday, will include a wide selection of chocolates, meats, cheeses, smoked goods, pies, pickles, cakes, beer and wine.
Entry to the fair will be £2.50 per adult and £1.50 for children and concessions.
The price includes admission to the castle and grounds and as well as the numerous stalls there will be live music, entertainers, face-painting and a brass band. There will also be a large craft fair.
During both days Ed Bains, who has appeared on numerous TV food and cookery programmes, will be showing off his culinary skills in the cookery theatre and there will be a chance for visitors to chat to him, pick up tips and get books signed too.
As well as Ed there will also be a host of chefs from Derbyshire eateries demonstrating their signature dishes and giving people culinary advice and ideas.
The fair will also act as the launch-pad for the third Derbyshire Food Festival.
Culinary events take place at various locations across the county during the festival, which runs from 19–28 May and events will be posted on the Derbyshire Food Festival website www.derbyshirefoodfestival.co.uk
Festival venues will include restaurants, pubs, hotels, cheese shops, butchers and delicatessens and they will all be holding events to promote Derbyshire’s food and drink industry including tours, festival menus and free tasting sessions.
Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration Councillor Geoff Carlile said: “It may seem a long way off but planning for these successful events takes months and we are hoping that the local food and drink industry will be as enthusiastic about the fair and festival as they were last year.
“Every year the fair attracts thousands of visitors, putting the county’s top quality food and drink on the map. I am sure this year will be no exception.”
Food and drink producers wishing to exhibit at the fair or establishments wanting to hold an event during the food festival should contact Stephanie Walsh at Derbyshire County Council on 01629 585964.
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