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Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair 2014, Elvaston Castle

PUBLISHED: 16:44 14 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:44 14 July 2014

Elvaston youngsters Reuben (3) and Delphi Turner (5) enjoy their pot of Spondon-based Bluebells' ice cream on a hot Saturday morning

Elvaston youngsters Reuben (3) and Delphi Turner (5) enjoy their pot of Spondon-based Bluebells' ice cream on a hot Saturday morning

derbyshire county council

Thousands took advantage of the fine weather to visit the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair and sample some of the county’s finest produce

It was Derbyshire County Council’s 13th annual event and the second year running it has been held in the grounds of Elvaston Castle and Country Park. Around 150 stalls featured everything from Caribbean food and Spanish churros to party cakes, artisan breads and local meats and cheeses. Cllr Andy Botham commented: ‘Derbyshire is blessed with a host of talented local businesses... The fair has gone from strength-to-strength since it launched and it provides a real boost to the local economy by helping to support our food and drink producers.’

Celebrity cook and author Dean Edwards and leading county chefs proved a popular attraction in the cookery theatre, sponsored by McArthur Glen East Midlands Designer Outlet, and an arts and crafts section featured talented local artists. A delegation from Toyota City demonstrated special recipes in the Japanese Pavilion, sponsored by Toyota Motor Corporation. The Owen Taylor stand was one of the most popular throughout the day with people snapping up the Leabrooks-based butchers and bakers’ award-winning burgers, sausages and speciality pies.

‘The organisation of the event is second-to-none,’ enthused Keith Daily of The Derbyshire Winery, based in Bakewell. It’s the second year owners Keith and Joy Davies have exhibited at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair and they were full of praise for the event. ‘It is brilliant and the venue is wonderful. It is great for people to taste our wine and see us face-to-face. It gives it that personal touch.’

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