29 - 31 August 2014
A mouthwatering line up of the UK's top chefs, bakers and food suppliers is being served up at Chatsworth Country Fair this year on 29, 30 and 31 August.
Set to be the biggest and best foodie offering in its 34 year history, the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre situated in the heart of the Fine Food Village has got a tasty selection of live demonstrations from top celebrity chefs and the best of the region's chefs sharing top tips and delicious recipes for visitors to try at home.
Double Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, one of the most popular and down to earth characters on the food scene, is serving up three demonstrations on Friday 29 August at 11am; 2.20pm and 3.45pm. In a real coup for the fair, it will also be the very first place to get hold of a signed copy of his brand new book 'Best Ever Dishes', featuring more than 100 of his favourite recipes. Published by Bloomsbury on 28 August, the book is being released ahead of his next BBC2 series of the same name airing in the autumn.
Queen of baking Mary Berry CBE is back for a return visit to the fair this year, with two demonstrations on Saturday at 11am and 3.30pm. The doyenne of family cooking specialising in Aga cookery, cakes and desserts, is a familiar face on our TV screens with the successful The Great British Bake Off pulling in peak viewing figures of 7.8 million. With so many fans, Mary is sure to be a huge draw at the fair once again. She will also be signing copies of her latest book.
On Sunday, Lesley Waters will be sharing her cookery skills at 11am and 3.30pm. Well known for her regular television appearances on Ready, Steady Cook, Great Food Live and This Morning, Lesley also runs a successful cookery school in Dorset and has written nearly 20 cookery books. With her talented and engaging style, Lesley will be a popular draw at the fair. Her simple, modern style creates dishes that are easy to recreate with stunning results.
Appearing on all three days, there will be a little of something you fancy for everyone. For fish lovers, Jose Souto, one of the UK's leading game chefs, will be demonstrating 'Fish Made Easy' and talking about sustainable seafoods. Derbyshire born Alan Coxon will be back once again to demonstrate at his favourite UK show. Other names familiar on the local scene include Joe Hunt, head chef of the social enterprise cookery school, Tideswell School of Food, who will be sharing his passion for cooking; Amelia Horne, founder of Derby's Jack Rabbits food hall and deli and Adam Smith, head chef of the Devonshire Arms in North Yorkshire, singled out by the legendary Michel Roux Senior as a talented young chef to watch.
Next to the Cookery theatre, visitors will be able to grab afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Room. Once again, the Fine Food Village will be offering a delicious selection of gourmet delights to sample and take home. Cheeses and chocolates, breads, oils and sauces jostle for attention with cured meats and spicy snacks. There are plenty of drinks to try with English wines, craft distilled spirits and natural apple juices among those available. Now firmly established as a highlight in the culinary calendar, competition to take a stand at the fair is fierce resulting in a delicious treat for the thousands of visitors due to descend on the Derbyshire parkland.
Gates open at 9am each day with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm. The box office is open for advance tickets. Advance tickets are available from £18 while children under 14 get in free. For more information and ticketing options, including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk
The Chatsworth Country Fair can also be found at www.facebook.com/ChatsworthCountryFair
Chatsworth house and garden are open throughout (normal admission applies). The farmyard & adventure playground are closed during the fair. www.chatsworth.org
Notes to editors:
1. Chatsworth Country Fair was established in 1981 by Andrew Cuthbert MBE, at the request of the eleventh Duke of Devonshire. It is now the premier Country Fair in Britain and is organised by Sarah Green, Tim Acheson and the Red Sock stewards on behalf of the Chatsworth House Trust.
2. The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.
Chatsworth won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 'Large Visitor Attraction' category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body and is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England. www.treasurehouses.co.uk
Chatsworth is 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield and 8 miles north of Matlock in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.
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