Farm shop driving ahead with plans for vintage car rally

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A farm shop in Duffield is gearing-up to stage its third vintage and classic car day over the August bank holiday weekend.

Croots is staging the event, which will include around 24 cars and other vehicles, on Saturday August 24 from 10am to 5pm.

Owners at the shop, which is based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, staged similar events in 2010 and 2011.

After a break last year, the event is set to return in 2013 – and will also feature a burger festival, cheese sampling and wine tasting.

“The vintage and classic car day at Croots has proved popular in the past and when we were asked to host it again we thought it would be an ideal event to stage on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend,” said Steve Croot, who runs the award-winning farm shop and Shires Eatery.

Other attractions on the day will be a burger festival featuring Croots home-made burgers, cheese sampling from the Cheese Cellar and wine tasting sessions run by the Little Wine Club.

The farm shop, which opened in 2008, sells a range of food and drink produced locally, regionally and from further afield. It stocks products from up to 40 producers from within a 50-mile radius of the shop. It also produces its own range of products, including sausages, pies and ready meals.

In May Croots opened its new expanded Shires Eatery cafe in a move which created around five jobs and provided space for it to accomodate double the amount of customers.