Belper businesses cook up storm at food fair

eight businesses from the Belper area showcased their tasty products in front of more than 11,000 people at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair.

They were among firms from as far away as Suffolk, Merseyside and Anglesey at the tenth annual event, which was held at Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield.

More than 100 food and drink stalls were selling everything from cheese, wine and beer, to pickles, cakes and biscuits.

The local firms involved were Cow House Dairy, of Belper; Cider Club UK, of Heage; Delishas, of Hazlewood; Mamelodi Trust, of Belper; Master Chocolatier, of Holbrook; Smith Hall Farm, of Hulland Ward; and Quirky Cookies, of Duffield.

Wendy Staples, who runs Quirky Cookies from her home in Duffield, was at the fair for the second year. She had created a special Hardwick Hall-shaped cookie for the occasion.

Wendy said: “It is fantastic and really well-organised. It is great to meet my customers face-to-face and get their reactions.”

Other attractions included cookery demonstrations, art and craft displays, live music, street theatre and children’s entertainment.

Visitor Julie Jones of Grassmoor, said: “It is marvellous.”