Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Baslow Food Fair nr Chatsworth

Our first Food Fair to be held in Baslow nr Chatsworth House on the 2nd and 3rd of April is imminent.

I rather feel like an expectant father after all the months of waiting - finally the day has come.

We have so many great food producers and retailers it's hard to know who to feature next.

How about a new business and a taste of the West Country.  Ced and Linda have been given exclusive rights to distribute a fantastic Liqueurs direct from Witham Friary.

Some of the fantastic tastes available are Velvets Vodka, fruit liqueurs such as plum and ginger and whisky.

To have a look at their full range of liqueurs have a look at Friary Liqueurs' website.

I'm sure if you ask Ced and Linda nicely you will be able to have a few free tasters.  What a great way to sharpen your pallet before a spot of Sunday Dinner!

HARTINGTONS - Food Experience

Friday, 25 March 2011

Food Fair - Baslow - nr Chatsworth House

Great news!

Hartingtons has just had two exotic exhibitors confirm for our Spring Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth.

Asian inspired ice - cream will be provided by Yee Kwan who will be with us prior to her launch at Harvey Nichols, promoting her unique artisan flavours.

Anybody who likes exotic flavours will love the sheer indulgence of Caroline Thompson aka The Girl With The Golden Cup's teas and tisanes.

Come along to our Spring Food Fair and get a taste of the exotic!

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Food Fair nr Chatsworth - Baslow

Hartingtons Spring Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth as well as having over 25 fantastic artisan food producers will have it's own magician appearing and then disappearing on Saturday 2nd April.

Benoit of BZ Magic brings his own French idiosyncratic spin on close quarters magic.

Seeing really is believing!

You'll have to be quick to spot his sleight of hand.

Now you see you don't!

Hartingtons - food experiences

Chatsworth nr Baslow 2nd & 3rd April - Spring Food Fair

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Baslow Spring Food Fair - countdown!

Hartingtons is on the final countdown to our inaugural food fair in Baslow near Chatsworth.

We can confirm another exciting artisan food business will be attending our Spring Food Fair to be held on the 2nd and 3rd of April.

Gerty's Pork are a new business who are passionate about their pigs!

All that extra love means that Gerty's pork sausages and joints taste that bit special.

Come along on Sunday to buy the best of Yorkshire hand reared pork.

Here is our full line up of artisan food producers and retailers for the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of April.

We are really looking forward to meeting you.

Chris & Julie
Hartingtons Ltd

Monday, 14 March 2011

Bakewell Farmers Market tales

One of the artisan food producers we bumped into the other week at Bakewell Farmers Market was Debbie from Staffordshire Savoury Eggs. Now Debbie has a very interesting take on a traditional snack food, the trusty Scotch Egg.

She's been producing her range of bite sized snacks for 5 years. Very kindly she gave me one of her Staffordshire Pepper Bites to take away and try and very delicious it was too. This modern version of the rustic snack was a red hot pepper with cream cheese centre encased in pork sausage meat and finished with wholemeal bread coating.

Now you may think that the Scotch Egg was a bit of a peasants snack enjoyed by farm workers and the like. Not so. It actually has almost regal lineage. The scotch egg was invented in 1738 by Fortnum and Mason as a nibble for coach travellers who stopped off at the Piccadilly food emporium.

I'm hoping that Debbie will be coming along to one of our 9 food fairs taking place at Baslow nr Chatsworth this year.

Don't forget our Spring Food Fair on the 2nd and 3rd of April. Have a look at our exhibitors here.

HARTINGTONS - food events

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Spring Food Fair in Baslow nr Chastworth FULL line up!

Hartingtons Spring Food Fair at Baslow nr Chatsworth on 2nd and 3rd of April is now full.

We have a host of wonderful artisan food producers and retailers. Many of them are based in and around the Peak District.

What's more's FREE entry with the event open between 9.30 & 4.30 and we know that a great day is guaranteed for all.

Hartingtons can now reveal the line up to be as follows:

1. The Cheese Factor - Award winning cheeses and Derbyshire oat cakes.
2. MKS - a taste of the Mediterranean with olives, nuts and mouth watering dried fruits.
3. The Girl With The Golden Cup - inspiring teas and tisanes.
4. Tindalls - Tideswell's finest, traditional cakes, pies and preserves.
5. Lamberellis - Teresa makes Italian sauces only the way a true Italian can.
6. Real Honey Apiaries - Meet Peter and find out why real honey never tasted so good.
7. Friary Liqueurs - Mouth tingling Somerset liqueurs.
8. Delishas - Sheila's secret and award winning pepper relish brings cheese alive.
9. Jamie at Home - See whats new in the Oliver household this Spring.
10. Peak District Dairy - Award winning dairy products from the heart of the Peaks.
11. Azorieblue Coffee - The best Brazilian blends to drink hot or takeaway.
12. Heavenly Cheesecakes - Like New York Cheesecake? You'll be in heaven.
13. Personally Yours - Artisan chocolates made the traditional way.
14. Marco at Taste - Mama loves Marco Zerboni's real Italian treats.
15. Hassop Station Cafe - Fast becoming a Peak District institution..... find out why!
16. Hartingtons Cookery Events - Find out more about us and our exciting plans.
17. Hi-Life Diners Card - Dine out in style for less.
18. Hey Pesto - Home made pesto that tastes so fresh.
19. Double Dutch Pancakes - Tim's hot sweet and savoury pancakes go down a treat.
20. Kirstie Dobson Cakes - Kirsties hand made cakes will dazzle and delight.

21. Gertys Pork. - Extra special pork because their pigs are treated specially
22. Leek Brewery - Staffs micro brewery - tantalising range of locally inspired beers.
23. The Staffordshire Cheese Company - quirky flavours that challenge and amuse.
24. Umptious muffins - 'naughty by nature' - spanking sweet & savoury sensations.
25. Scotts Gardens - organic vegetables and veg boxes.
26. Tuxford Mill - freshly ground flour to make your bread taste wonderful.

Remember to keep tuning in to our regular updates by coming back to the blog.

See you there and looking forward to meeting you.

Chris & Julie

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Chatsworth House Sunday Walk

We had a lovely walk from Baslow Village to Chatsworth House on Sunday afternoon. Something we have done many times before but we never tire of. We park often for free near Baslow Village Hall and join the throngs of dog walkers who stream along the banks of the River Derwent towards the majestic presence of Chatsworth House. We stopped for a restorative coffee in the Chatsworth House stable block before setting off on a return journey. The round trip takes no more than an hour and a quarter and to be honest it's a great free afternoon out.

The fantastic thing for us was just how busy the car park was next to Baslow Village Hall. The parade of day trippers, tourists and locals just confirm our belief that it is a great spot for our food fairs. Have a look at the photos of the village hall and car park to show just how popular it is.
With less than a month to go before our Spring Food Fair at Baslow nr Chatsworth we are starting to get very excited indeed. I'm just hoping we get an afternoon like Sundays to grace our opening event. Just like Chatsworth we are than looking forward to being a regular fixture in the Peak District's calender of events.

Hartingtons Food Experience

Friday, 4 March 2011

Want real honey - ask Beryl

The great thing about being involved with artisan food producers is that they are all such interesting and lovely people. I don't know why. Maybe somebody could do some research about it. Perhaps it's because they actually like what they are doing.

Lets face it, how many people who do the 9 to 5 routine can say that!

I've just been speaking to Peter from Real Honey Apiaries

Peter's retired but is absolutely passionate about his bees and his honey. It turns out he also has a website. I couldn't find it at first but its actually called Who is Beryl. Why Beryl? you may ask.

Well........Beryl was the Queen Bee at their first ever Hive. How fantastic. Beryl's brood is now producing Real Honey Apiaries prize winning honey.

If you want to find out what Beryl's up to these days......come along to our Spring Food Fair at Baslow nr Chatsworth on the 2nd & 3rd of April.

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Bakewell Farmers Market

We had a great day on Saturday visiting Bakewell Farmers Market.

Apparently, Bakewell's Market is the 3rd largest Farmers Market in the country. I'm not surprised. There must be at least 50 stalls selling locally sourced food.

It was great to chat to some of the local producers at Bakewell who will be coming along to Hartingtons Spring Food Fair on the 2nd and 3rd April.

Alison from Heavenly Cheesecake was doing a roaring trade and we couldn't leave without picking up a slice of her traditional New York cheesecake. Delicious..... even heavenly! We were very interested to see her latest creations.... Chuffins. These are mini savoury cheesecakes done in the shape and size of muffins (hence the name) including a salmon and dill variety. I'm hoping she brings these along to our Spring Food Fair at Baslow nr Chatsworth.

We also got chatting to Sue from the Staffordshire Cheese Company . One of her glorious creations was a chilli cheese funnily enough called Hartington. Perhaps we could adopt it as a mascot! The great news is that Sue has agreed to come along on the Sunday bringing both her award winning cheese and beer from the Leek Brewery.

We are now full for our Spring Food Fair and have over 20 artisan stallholders coming along over the weekend. It's getting very exciting!

Hartingtons - food experience

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Marco Pierre White friend of Hartingtons

Well I hate all this faux celebrity stuff.

However, I have to admit it.  I was just a touch excited when Marco Pierre White accepted my friends request on Facebook.  A mistake I'm sure!

What did amuse me more was Marco's description of Jamie Oliver in the Mail a few years ago as "the fat chef with a drum kit".

A more accurate description would be the kidult entrepreneur!  For instance, I don't know about you but I wasn't aware that Jamie is now doing a range of homeware called Jamie at Home.

If you are interested in seeing his latest spring collection for the home; then why not come along to our Spring Food Fair at Baslow on the 2 & 3rd of April.

Hartingtons - food experience