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Tideswell Food Festival – Sat 7th May

Come and join in the foodie fun at Tideswell’s Food Festival on Saturday 7th May!  A day of entertainment, demonstrations and displays to showcase Tideswell and its food.

Kicking off at 10am, there will be stalls and activities throughout the village.  Highlights include:

–  Beer festival at the Horse and Jockey

–  Children’s singing activities at St Johns Church, the “Cathedral of the Peak”

–  Food stalls selling local products

–  Schoolchildren’s competitions and displays

–  Cookery Demonstrations and tastings

–  Street Entertainment

–  Tours of the Tideswell School of Food

A full programme will be published nearer the time.

The event will also be filmed by the BBC for the forthcoming BBCOne programme, “Village SOS”, which charts the story of the Taste Tideswell journey.

Launch of Derbyshire Food and Drink Guide

The Tideswell School of Food was buzzing today with foodies and local producers attending the launch of the Derbyshire Food and Drink Guide.  Look out for a copy of the guide in tourist information centres, food outlets, supermarkets etc across the county.  The team from Visit Peak District attended, as did local MP Patrick McLoughlin (who’ll be coming back to do a cookery course during Parliament’s summer recess!).  Our local Tideswell producers were out in force to show of their wares, with the Litton Larder team at work in the Commercial Kitchen. Here are some pictures of the day.

Here’s Steve Vardy, Head of School, in full demonstration mode:

Steve Vardy - Head of School

The Litton Larder team, who produce the most delicious Sticky Toffee Pud and use locally grown fruit and veg for jams and pickles.

The Litton Larder Team

Here’s Carol from Tindall’s showing off her Fidgety Pie and Pork Pies (both from traditional Derbyshire recipes).

Carol from Tindalls showing her wares

David Thornton, deputy CEO of Visit Peak District, introducing the day:

David Thornton - Visit Peak District

Zane Barnes from University of Nottingham, our Brewmaster for the day, explaining the nano-brewery process: 

Zane Barns - Brewologist - in the nano-brewery

Waiting patiently for the tour of the School of Food:

Ready for the School of Food Tour

The Nano Brewery is ready

It’s taken a while to get organised but we’ve now completed the assembly of the Nano-Brewery at Tideswell School of Food. Thanks to loads of help from Zane Barnes from Nottingham University School of Brewing Science, and some welding and cutting from local fabricators Elliott and Wragg, we have a working 9gal brewery. We will use this to run half day courses for visitors in groups of 3-5 who want to spend half a day putting the kit together and making a proper brew from malt, hops, yeast and water. We won’t sell the beer, just the courses- the beer is just a welcome by-product that will get sent on when its fermented. Another test brew planned tomorrow-courses can be booked at . Local brewing enthusiasts please get in touch and we’ll get a community brewing initiative going. Any brewers that want to help with running courses? We’d be happy to hear from you!