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Garden Work Force Plea

The Kitchen Garden in snow - March 2013So much for spring on 24 March, it was more like midwinter. We couldn’t even find the raised beds, never mind getting them ready for planting.

So, please mark SUNDAY 14 APRIL on your calendar as the day that we work on the garden. Same place and same time – 11am. Look forward to seeing you there.

Maureen (01298 871542) & Judy (01298 872408)


It’s spring (hopefully) and time to get more of the Kitchen Garden ready for planting.

So – on SUNDAY 24 MARCH at 11am (weather permitting) we want to get an enthusiastic work party together to get the garden licked into shape (perhaps dug into shape is more appropriate)!

We have areas that need destoning and digging over, grit to be dug in to improve drainage and a pathway to be made.  And that’s just for starters!

So if you would like to help please join us for an hour or so – everyone is welcome.  We’ll be in the garden (behind St John’s Institute) between 11am and 1pm.  If you would like to find out more about the Kitchen Garden please contact Maureen (01298 871542) or Judy (01298 872408).

We hope to see you there!

Tideswell Food Festival Stall Holders

Trader registrations are coming in thick and fast, covering a wide range of artisan producers. A few of the confirmed stallholders are listed below;Boverie Lodge,  So Me, Yorkshire Pie and Pea Company,

Bitter Sweet Chocolates, Magnolia Jewellery,  Litton Larder,

Kevin’s Pies, Brindley Garden Products, Muffin Topps,

Mrs Shah, Maxine’s Mobile Pizza Oven, Homemade Delights,

Bedazzled Cupcakes, Greenside Deli,

Maries Chocolate Heaven, The Tastes of Sardinia.


See more about Tideswell Food Festival at our facebook page            




Valentines Gift Ideas

valentines blogThere’s a reason why Valentines Day falls where it does in the year, and it’s not all to do with saints. With the memory of Christmas fading, and Easter still barely on the horizon, Valentine’s fills what would otherwise be a gaping hole in the Chocoholic’s Calendar.

Food remains a universal language of love, and at Tideswell School of Food we have a whole range of courses coming up in Spring. From bread-baking to wine-tasting, any of these would make a great gift or a romantic outing together. In March we’re offering another day course with Great British Bake-Off semi-finalist Danny Bryden, and in April we’ll be running one of Oliver’s ever-popular Chocolate Workshops.

Perhaps you’d like to gather a few chef secrets yourself, to impress your partner with an elegant home-cooked meal – check out our French or Italian courses, or Middle Eastern,Thai and Vietnamese for something a bit more exotic. Or if you’re just looking to spend some quality time together, you can get the children out of the house on one of our Children’s Cookery days.

Or why not take advantage of our special Valentines offer? Book a place on a selected course in February and March and bring the love of your life for half the price! By booking a course at Tideswell School of Food you will not only enjoy a range of delicious dishes, but get the chance to spend the day with the person you love in a relaxed and fun environment.

So, whether you’re looking for a special gift for one, or a memorable and rewarding experience to share, we really do have something to suit all tastes – and remember, the most direct route to the heart is via the stomach.

Find out more about Tideswell School of Food here or call a member of the team on 01298 871262.

BBC programme now available

Many people have asked if they can catch up with the Village SOS programme the BBC made about Taste Tideswell.  It is now on YouTube and available here.

Tideswell Food Festival 2013 will be on Saturday 4th May.

Tideswell’s Food Festival organising committee are back in harness and planning next years event. The date is confirmed as 4th May 2013 from 10am ’till 4pm. The aim is to make the Festival bigger and better than ever before, whilst retaining the artisan food theme.

Any trader with interesting goods, wishing to know more about registration, should contact us at Forms can be downloaded from this link…. Stallholder Registration 2013

Tideswell Food Festival, 2012 – a fantastic success

Food Festival Crowds 2012Tideswell’s 2012 Food Festival proved to be an outstanding success. The day long Food Festival ran on 5th of May and attracted hundreds of keen food loving visitors from far and wide. Over fifty stalls lined Church Street and Fountain Street selling a fantastic variety of food from African jerk chicken to chilli cheese, from chocolate to cupcakes. Tideswell-based community groups also took out stalls.

During the day, singers, dancers and guizers entertained the crowds who weren’t even deterred by the brief snow(!) shower. The village traders were just as busy as the stall holders, many of whom sold out quite early on in the day.

The Tideswell School of Food, held cookery demonstrations and wine tasting throughout the day and hundreds of folk went on organised tours to learn more about the school and why we’re here. The community kitchen received a steady stream of visitors keen to learn more about what to plant and when. Meanwhile Taste Tideswell’s education office Michelle, ran children’s competitions which proved popular. High Peak Radio broadcast from the festival all morning.

Tideswell School of Food DemoThe Food Festival was organised this year by Phil Walker from Tideswell Stores and other traders with the support of the Taste Tideswell staff.

Feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive, many traders commenting that it was the best Food Festival they’d ever been to.

For a fantastic blogpost from a visitor, please click here.

Tideswell’s Food Festival Is This Saturday.

Saturday’s festival is almost upon us,  and a phenomenal 50 traders have been confirmed. 

With artisan food ranging from Afro-Caribbean  and Asian, to wild boar sausage and savory eggs, Tideswell can truly boast an experience to rival any real food market in the area, or indeed the country.

Complimenting the artistry and craftsmanship of the food producers will be a few select crafts sellers. Examples of what will be on show are exquisite hand made jewellery and quality craftsman built garden furniture, all showcasing local skills.

Regretably, the advertised Beer Festival has been cancelled, but real ale buffs will still find something of interest at the two stalls selling craft made bottled beers, as well as in the Village pubs.

The Tideswell School of Food will be running cooking demonstration throughout the day and John Hattersley from Hattersley Wines will be running a session on wine tasting, something that is bound to be popular.



Tideswell Food Festival’s jam-packed schedule of entertainment. Saturday 5th May

We are now in the final stages of preparation for the Tideswell Food Festival.

There will be a jam-packed schedule of entertainment running from mid-day. In Church Street we shall have Morris Dancing by the combined Brigate and Garters teams, May Pole dancing by the children of Tideswell Bishop Pursglove School and Clog dancing by the Shutlers Clog.

The fabulous Brough Shires will be providing horse and dray rides through the streets, and you can get up close with some baby lambs who will be raising money for the Air Ambulance.

Tideswell Male Voice Choir, plan mini-concerts in Fountain Street. In the Parish Church of St. John there will be concerts by the Albion Singers from Sheffield, and the Children’s Choir.

And if that’s not enough, the excellent Tideswell Players will pop up around the village with a series of readings.

High Peak Radio Interview

Taste Tideswell is recruiting for a new Head of Operations.  Taste Tideswel’s chairman Pete Hawkins was interviewed on High Peak Radio about the projevct and the post.

You can hear the interview again – High Peak Radio Interview – Pete Hawkins.