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What a busy weekend!

Thanks to all the people from far and wide who travelled to Tideswell this weekend to meet the faces behind the Village SOS TV programme.

Our very own “self-styled marketing man”, Tim, was on tour guide duty at the School of Food; Carol and her team at Tindalls baked throughout the weekend; the village pubs – Horse and Jockey, Star, Anchor and George served up countless meals; and the Cherry Tree, Peaches, and Vanilla Kitchen cafe were on hand to serve scrummy Tideswell Made food.  Litton Larder’s Penny’s Puds were flying off the shelves at the Peak District Dairy Shop and Chatsworth Farm Shop.

We had visitors from Devon, Sunderland, Lancashire, London, as well as people from slightly closer to home.  All were inspired with what they saw – a community coming together around food!

Wondering what all the fuss is about?  Why not watch the Village SOS episode here on i-Player:

BBC1 Broadcast Date confirmed

Finally, we have a date for the broadcast of the Village SOS series on BBC1.  Village SOS, presented by Sarah Beeny, will track the progress of the six villages around the UK who received a BIG Lottery award to help regenerate their village.

The series starts on Weds 10th August at 8pm on BBC1 and the Taste Tideswell story will be broadcast on Weds 7th September.  Be sure to tune in!

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

Thank you Woodland Trust!

It’s that time of the month again……

This Sunday (27th) from around 10.30am we’ll be working on the community kitchen garden again. This month it’s all about hedges. The Woodland Trust have kindly donated lots of fruiting tress and bushes that we are going to use to plant a fruiting hedge in the community garden. Over the years this will grow into a lovely feature for the garden and the community. 
The forecast is kind for the weekend – so come along to join in or just see how the garden is shaping up! 

Community Garden news

As tomorrow (27th) is the last Sunday of the month, it’s a ‘growing day’ at the Community Garden.  Come along and join in any time from 10.30 till about 2pm.  You can get your hands dirty and get some good digging exercise, or you can just come along and say hello and watch proceedings!  we’ll be down at the community garden on Sunday from 10.30am.  All welcome!

One of the jobs for tomorrow is to look at the composting area. So if you have any old compost bins, unused wooden pallets let get in touch or bring them down to the garden and we can get building.

Some exciting news! We’ve recently been awarded 150 fruit tree saplings from the nice people at The Woodland Trust.  These will be offered to villagers to help kick start our Tideswell orchard.  We’ve also had a lovely donation (from villager Pete Nash) of some rare purple peas.  These will be available to people on the basis that some seeds are saved at the end of the season to help support this rare breed.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Competition time!

In case you’ve missed it, the School of Food is running a competition to win a £70 voucher to be redeemed against any of the cookery courses at the school.

See and get entering!

Coming out of hibernation

The Community Garden is slowly coming out of hibernation following the cold snap in December.  The good news is that we managed to get out for the first Volunteer Day of the year last Sunday.  Despite the cold weather, we were delighted that some sprouts were still there for the picking!  (And very tasty they were too, Ed!)

The first growing year of the community garden only really started in May, so we’re chuffed to bits about what we achieved last year.  This year we have a bit more time to plan – anyone interested in shaping what we do this year is welcome to join a session to discuss in The Star  on 17th Feb – 7.30pm.

Oh, and please meet Helen.  Helen is a Tideswell resident who, before last may, had never grown a single thing.  She threw herself into the Community Garden, learning as much as she could from other villagers, and here she is with the fruits of her labours.  Result!

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!