The final line-up for the Tideswell Food Festival

The final line-up is now in place for the Tideswell Food Festival and we are all getting peckish!FF2016logo


Tideswell Kitchen Garden at the 2016 Food Festival

Tideswell Kitchen Garden #2 Tideswell Kitchen Garden #5There will be a variety of activities on offer in the Tideswell Kitchen Garden at the 2016 Tideswell Food Festival on 30 April, including a quiz and prize draw, seed planting, a plant sale, tool recycling, and music from Tideswell Singers.


The volunteer Kitchen Gardeners are available to give you a tour, and you can do some gardening too if it takes your fancy!

Tideswell Kitchen Garden #3Tideswell Kitchen Garden was established as part of the Taste Tideswell project, launched when the village was awarded BBC Village SOS funding. The Garden is run by a group of volunteers under the ‘Friends of Taste Tideswell’ label, supported by a Derbyshire Dales community grant.

The Garden is an open access space for all local people, and supplies Tideswell’s Wednesday Lunch Club with vegetables, fruit and herbs for the dishes it serves each fortnight. All volunteers are free to help themselves to produce grown in the garden, and monthly meet-ups are held at 10 am on the first Saturday of each month, to supplement time spent in the garden individually/in smaller groups. For more news, join the ‘Tideswell Kitchen Garden’ group on Facebook, contact Helen Grainger at or call Judy Cooke on 01298 872408.

Tideswell Kitchen Garden #4

The Parish Church at the Food Festival

On Tideswell Food Festival day, there’s something for everyone at St John’s Church.

Tideswell’s beautiful 14th C Parish Church, also known as the Cathedral of the Peak, will be open 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday 30 April 2016.



Space for quiet reflection away from the business and bustle of the Food Festival

Music from Tideswell Singers and others during the day

Crafts in the Chancel 10 am to 4 pm – a chance to meet local craftspeople, and buy hand dyed yarns, felting, jewellery, cards and other crafts

Nibbles in the Nave 10 am to 4 pm, with the chance for a taster from 1 pm – talk to local people about their favourite recipes, try the results, buy the recipe booklet to take home, and browse the kitchenalia and table linens available for a donation.

Visit the Community Garden behind the Church

Bringing together food from across Derbyshire and elsewhere – Tideswell Food Festival

Two months away and counting – Tideswell Food Festival: A wonderful festival of food in the beautiful Peak District – 30 April 2016

Tideswell Food Festival 2015 – entertainment and events

Food Festival Crowds 2012

Community Garden Feb growing day

There’s something for everyone at the Tideswell Food Festival this year, from food to music, and from donkey rides to kitchen gardens!





Time Event Venue
11–11.30am Tideswell Band Fountain Square
11–11.30am Rayburn demonstrations Stove Centre @ The Courtyard
11am-1pm Craft activities for kids Flossie Teacake Shop, Commercial Rd
12–12.20pm Ripley Green Garters Morris Dancers Fountain Square near War Memorial
12.30pm Madame Zucchini vegetable entertainer Walkabout the village
1–1.20pm Ripley Green Garters Morris Dancers Fountain Square near War Memorial
1–1.30pm Wine tasting with John Hattersley – “Wines Around The World“ The George Inn Lounge Bar

(£5 – Tickets from Tideswell Stores)

1.30–2pm Tideswell Singers Gratton Gardens (opp Natwest)
1.30–2pm Rayburn demonstrations Stove Centre @ The Courtyard
2pm Madame Zucchini vegetable entertainer Walkabout the village
2–2.30pm Wine tasting with John Hattersley – “Wines Around The World “ The George Inn Lounge Bar

(£5 – Tickets from Tideswell Stores)

2.15–2.45pm Tideswell Singers Outside St John’s Parish Church
2.45pm Madame Zucchini vegetable-based theatre St John’s Parish Church
2.45-3.15pm Tideswell Male Voice Choir Outside St John’s Institute
3-3.30pm Wine tasting with John Hattersley – “Wines Around The World “ The George Inn Lounge Bar

(£5 – Tickets from Tideswell Stores)

3.25-3.55pm Tideswell Male Voice Choir Outside St John’s Institute
3–4pm Rayburn demonstrations Stove Centre @ The Courtyard

Donkey Rides throughout the day – outside St John’s Institute (behind St John’s Parish Church).

Tickets for John Hattersley’s wine tasting – Wines Around The World in 30 Minutes, with the opportunity to taste 6 wines – are available at Tideswell Stores £5.

Markovitz Stove Centre will have wood oven demonstrations throughout the day.

Tideswell Kitchen Garden (behind St John’s Institute) is open all day – learn how to make paper pots, chat with the volunteers (and maybe get a few hints and tips), and buy plants, herbs and books to give your garden a kick start for 2015.

Look out for the All in the Same Boat Street Theatre in Tideswell’s streets throughout the afternoon.

St John’s Parish Church is open 1.30-4.30 –talk to local people about their creations, try samples, and buy the recipes. Get hints and tips, and look at the ‘pre-loved’ cookery books on sale. Home-made refreshments available. The church will be closed in the morning for a wedding.

Tideswell Food Festival 2015

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)

Laying the foundations

Amanda admiring the new compost bins

Amanda admiring the new compost bins

Working in the Tideswell Community Garden at this time of year can be a challenge. It’s wet, cold and muddy and the greenery is hard to find. But this time of year is all about laying the foundations for a successful Summer. The warmth of summertime seemed a long way off to the trusty band of volunteers who braved the rain for February’s garden growing day. But we achieved a lot before we all got too cold.

We planted 200 onions that will produce a great crop later in the year, this sterling work was done by Helen and Mick, who had never planted onion sets before.

We also constructed two great compost bays. Using only recycled materials and our own ingenuity, we have built a great facility that not only will help recycle compostable waste from the Tideswell School of Food but also the Vanilla Kitchen, a great Tideswell cafe. In fact the new compost bins had a great start in life with 4 big tubs of veggie peelings from the Vanilla Kitchen.

Our next growing day in the community garden is Sunday 27th March at 10.30; see you there, it might even be sunny!

Headline News- Grow It

We’re all about the local food chain- “from Plot to Plate”- this is where it all starts and where anyone can get involved

  • Community Garden looking good –lots of volunteer effort has paid off
  • Harvested crops- some to St Johns Harvest supperauction in aid of Charity
  • Landscaping work will start soon- wall building has started.
  • Have installed an outside tap- at last.
  • Looking into trips for Bee Keeping and to Todmorden
  • Lots of help and donations from Dobbies of Chesterfield and The Fenceline

Harvest Festival

It was the Harvest Festival service at St John’s in Tideswell tonight.  We harvested a range of veg from the Community Garden to contribute.  Here’s the fruits of Tideswell’s labours!

Soup kitchen!

The kids at Bishop Pursglove school are planning an activity session later this month where they will be cooking some soup for the residents of a local sheltered housing complex.  They will be using locally grown vegetables and will learn how good they can be for you!  Once they’ve decided on which recipe to use, we’ll post it here!