Monthly Archives: May 2011

Lottery Chief Brews a Tideswell Tipple

Peter Wanless and Mick McGrath in the Nano Brewery

Big Lottery Fund chief executive Peter Wanless learnt the ingredients of brewing success during a visit to the Taste Tideswell project.

Peter and Mick McGrath, head of the Big Lottery Fund’s East Midlands region, took part in a course taught by master brewer Zane Barnes when they visited the new Tideswell School of Food.

Peter visited to see the progress that has been made since the £400k lottery funding was awarded a year ago and to hear Taste Tideswell’s plans for a sustainable local food economy.

In addition to using the nano-brewery he also inspected other facilities in the school of food, including a commercial kitchen available for hire to local businesses, and met locals in the village pub.

“I’ve been really pleased to see the establishment of so many new and promising projects that are working to satisfy the social needs of the village, whilst dealing with the financial demands of start-up businesses,” he said.

“It has been fantastic over the past year to watch the Village SOS projects progress from concept to reality. Taste Tideswell was one of the first businesses to launch and having seen it for myself, I can understand why it has attracted so much praise.”

Peter’s visit follows the project’s successful Tideswell Festival of Food, which attracted around 2,000 visitors from across the region.

“We were very gratified to receive so much interest and support from members of the public through what was a very busy day,” said village champion Tim Nicol.

“Coming on top of that, Peter’s very postive feedback is further confirmation that we’re on the right track – and just reward for a lot of hard work by Tideswell folk.”

Food Festival Highlights

Here are more details of what’s happening this Saturday at The Tideswell Food Festival

Tea Tastings by James Pogson of Northern Tea Merchants of Chesterfield @10.30 and 11.45 in the School of Food. Taste and see the leaf teas that go to make up most blended teas

Wine Tasting at 1pm

Trevor Jones, one of our expert Chefs, will be demonstrating and sampling throughout the morning

Our new Nano-Brewery will be mashing, sparging, and boiling away.

Street Entertainment and Vegetable modelling throughout the day from local Vegetable Entertainer Madame Zucchini

All our local shops (including the Co-op) will be getting into the swing with a variety of extra promotions, displays and tastings, showcasing Tideswell Made products.

Start-up foody producers like Purple Pepper will be sampling products and getting reaction to their new ideas

Lots of foody and growing competitions for local children

Craig Pattison from High Peak Radio will be broadcasting from the School of Food from 7am-noon

Pumpkin seed planting and Herb Planting in the Courtyard