Food-lovers stuffed their faces with meringue, nibbled cheese and downed ale as part of a festival which celebrated living and working on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield.
Mark Taylor crunched the opposition in a Man versus Meringue competition, wolfing down an 11in lemon meringue pie in just 8mins 2secs.
The challenge was set by Meringue Bakery and Cafe, where nine contenders attempted to eat pies made with a whopping ten eggs, four lemons, 700g of caster sugar and half a kilo of pastry in the fastest time.
Environmental consultant Mark, 44, of Holme Hall, Brampton, said that he was thrilled to win and really enjoyed taking part.
Sue Chatterton, who runs Meringue with her husband Neil, said: “The Man versus Meringue competition was our final event of the Chatsworth Road Festival week and most of the nine contestants are valued regular customers. My husband and I have been here less than a year and the support of the local community is absolutely fantastic.
“We hope to be part of it for many more festivals to come.”
Food was also on the radar of town mayor, Cllr Paul Stone, who had to choose the best chip shop on Chatsworth Road. Paul tasted the chips ‘blind’ on unlabelled plates, eventually declaring Brampton Fish Bar as the winner. He said: “They were all tasty but I chose the one that just edged it for me; hard luck to the other three shops who produced some great chips.”
Sandra Sherriff and Peter Wong, of Brampton Fish Bar, said they were “absolutely thrilled to have won”.
Birthday boy Andy Bennett, UK Business Manager of Palm Breweries (Belgium), spent his special day on Sunday sampling ale from the four breweries in the borough.
Up for the title of Best Bitter in the Borough were Spire Brewery’s Brassed Off, Townes’ Staveley Cross, Raw’s JR Best Bitter and Brampton Brewery’s 1302.
The accolade went to Brampton Brewery, after much deliberation.
A sell-out Cheese and Cheers night, held as part of the festival, saw Simon Davidson, from The Cheese Factor, give a fun talk on cheese and Brampton Brewery’s head brewer, Chris Radford give an insight into the complexities of brewing. The attendees were able to sample both the cheese and beer to make their own assessment.
The nine-day festival kicked off with Brampton Food Market celebrating its second birthday where patrons were able to snap up food and drink products from artisans around the county and sample freshly-pressed apple juice, produced by members of Transition Chesterfield.
Events throughout the festival included art, craft and baking workshops and a Cycle in Style ride.