Visitors and local people alike are welcome to sample a true taste of the very best of the Peak District at the official tourist board’s forthcoming annual conference.
Around 60 businesses ranging from activity and accommodation providers to attractions and food and drink producers will step into the spotlight in a special exhibition at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire’s day-long event at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on Wednesday, May 9.
The Showcase Exhibition – which will celebrate the huge range of people, organisations, products and services that make the Peak District such a special place to live and work in and visit - will be free to enter, and will be open to the general public, businesses and conference delegates in The Octagon from 9am to 3pm.
It will also include a Leaflet Zone for people to pick up promotional brochures supplied by other Peak District businesses, outlining their special events, activities and services in 2012.
In the main conference hall, popular television presenter and chef Simon Rimmer will be just one element in a delicious menu of ideas designed to help tourism businesses boost their performance and profits throughout 2012 and beyond.
Simon – currently presenter and resident chef on the Channel 4 programme Sunday Brunch – will add his star appeal to an afternoon cook-in.
He will be joined by two high-profile Derbyshire chefs - Max Fischer of Michelin-starred Fischers Baslow Hall, and Simon Bradley, head chef at award-winning East Lodge Hotel & Restaurant, Rowsley.
Both will prepare a two-course meal using as much local and seasonal produce as possible. Throughout the demonstration, Simon will quiz them about the importance of local produce, especially Peak District specialities they use or prepare.
“We are delighted to welcome such a trio of distinguished and respected chefs, who will be joining us to celebrate the very best of what the Peak District can offer at this year’s conference,” said David James, Chief Executive at the tourist board.
“We’re also extremely pleased that the Duke of Devonshire is able to be there, to offer his own personal take on the importance of tourism to the local and regional economy.
“Tickets are much in demand for this well-subscribed event, which will be the perfect forum for local businesses to explore ways of maximising their potential throughout a key year for British tourism and beyond.
“It’s also the ideal opportunity for visitors, other businesses and local people to discover and celebrate everything that makes the area so special and unique.”
This year’s conference is being sponsored by Buxton Water and High Peak Borough Council. Tickets cost £20 excluding VAT for tourist board members or £25 excluding VAT for non-members, including hot lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Exhibiting in the Showcase Exhibition costs £50 plus VAT per stand, £75 plus VAT for non-members, including refreshments throughout the day.
Organisations can display their brochures in the Leaflet Zone for just £10 or for free if they are tourist board members.