Tideswell’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.
The 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.
This year’s Food Festival on 5th May 2012 is beginning to take shape. We’ve already have had a number of stall holders booking their places and if you’re a producer or retailer then do contact Phil Walker at Tideswell Stores to book yours. This years Food Festival will take place throughout the village and involve as many of the local shops and pubs as we can.
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.
The Village SOS programme featuring Taste Tideswell the the Tideswell School of Food is being broadcast in Australia. Going out on the LifeStyle TV Channel. Pete, Phil and Penny from Penny’s Puds will be talking after the programme with Australian viewers on Facebook.
What a tremendous reaction to tonight’s broadcast. The twittersphere, text messages and emails have been buzzing. Apologies to all who tried to log on to this web site and the Tideswell School of Food, we did our best but the shear volume beat us!
Take a look now the tidal wave has decreased a bit….
Tours of the School tomorrow, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – come and find out more.
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 http://madamezucchini.co.uk/
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
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.