Record crowds at food and drink fair

NDET 26-5-12 MC 21'Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair 2012 held at Hardwick Hall - Patisserie Lola artisan desserts Sara Havies and mum Susan Pirie from Chesterfield
NDET 26-5-12 MC 21'Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair 2012 held at Hardwick Hall - Patisserie Lola artisan desserts Sara Havies and mum Susan Pirie from Chesterfield

RECORD-BREAKING crowds packed Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair at the weekend.

The sun shone and 13,500 visitors flocked to the event, in the grounds of Hardwick Hall.

NDET 26-5-12 MC 11'Simon Rimmer is the celebrity chef at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fayre 2012 held at Hardwick Hall

NDET 26-5-12 MC 11'Simon Rimmer is the celebrity chef at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fayre 2012 held at Hardwick Hall

Foodies were in for a treat as more exhibitors than ever before staged over 150 stalls selling produce from Derbyshire and further afield.

The action-packed programme included celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, host of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, sharing his skills in a cookery theatre during Saturday’s entertainment.

Back by popular demand Simon praised the county’s selection of produce and said Derbyshire had some of the best meat in the country.

Renowned Derbyshire chefs demonstrated their signature dishes and Dean Edwards, resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine breakfast show, showcased his talents.

Sara Davies, owner of Patisserie Lola of Chesterfield, said: “This is my second fair. It was brilliant last year and is even better this year.

“It’s an extremely well organised event, in a brilliant setting and we’ve had lots of happy customers.”

Pete Straw, owner of Somercotes-based Real Honey Apiaries, added: “This is the sixth year we have been to the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair. It is brilliant and is developing into one of the best fairs in the country.”

Around 50 local artists also attended displaying their wares which ranged from contemporary art to traditional craftworks in the arts and crafts section.

Family entertainment included live music, competitions and face painting.

Derbyshire County Council organised the event which is now in its eleventh year.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It was great to meet so many people enjoying a fabulous weekend at our food and drink fair.

“Not only were there a record number of visitors, we also had more exhibitors than ever before.

“It was a great value-for-money family event which provides a real boost for the Derbyshire economy.”

For a slide show of photos from the event go www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk