Hartingtons have had to concede defeat to the unprecedented weather conditions in the Peak District. I can't tell you personally how deeply upsetting this is. Julie and I have had one of the most stressful weeks of our life as we have hoped against hope that the weather would eventually improve; but alas it hasn't.
Late last night after taking advice from respected local sources; it appears that the main car park in Baslow is under several feet of snow and is effectively closed. More worrying is the fact that the local routes from Sheffield have not been cleared and are icy and extremely dangerous. We do not feel that we can ask our exhibitors to put their lives at risk to put on our food event nor do we want to encourage members of the public to do the same.
A fantastic success
We know that the first Christmas Food Fair in Baslow would have been a marvellous event for Baslow and a great way for our local food heroes to exhibit the fantastic food produced in and around the Peak District. The event in the short time we have been promoting it has got coverage in the Sheffield Telegraph, Derbyshire Times and the Peak Advertiser. Not only that but through our internet campaigns anybody searching in Google for Chatsworth House or Baslow would have come across the details of Hartingtons Baslow Food Fair. We know from the level of enquiries we were getting that our food event would have received thousands of visitors and have been a massive success.
Thank you all so much!
All it remains for me to say is thank you to every one of the exhibitors who have supported us in putting together this food fair. We hope that we will see you at some of the ten food fairs we are putting on next year in Baslow which we can guarantee will be bigger and better than our cancelled Christmas Food Fair. Have a look at the dates for our 2011 food fairs. I would also like to extend special thanks to Jayne and Baslow Hall who have been unceasing in their efforts to enable us to put together this event.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and I really do hope that you can come along to our Baslow Food Fairs next year. We still won't be able to guarantee the weather; but we can guarantee that there will be some of the most amazing food heroes on show!
Julie and Chris