Friday, 29 April 2011

Staffordshire or Derbyshire Oatcakes - which are best?

Staffordshire oatcakes are legendary and work spectacularly well with cheese and bacon.  Derbyshire oatcakes are similar to Staffordshire but are slightly smaller and a little thicker.  Lovers of Oatcakes are passionate about which are best.

Now get your chance to vote and decide once and for all whether the Staffordshire or the Derbyshire oatcake is the best by voting in our poll and also leave you views below.

Cookies Cookies Cookies nr Chatsworth

Any body who remembers Sesame Street the Jim Henson puppet show will remember the Cookie Monster.  A loveable character who's main obsession in life was eating cookies.

Well come to Hartingtons next food fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth on the 7th May and unleash your inner cookie monster.

Artisan cookie company the Cookie Stop will be bringing a range of cookies to feast your eyes on and get you chanting 'cookie cookie I love cookies'

As well as cookies there will be a whole range of artisan food producers - full line up of our Food Fair to be released soon so watch this space!

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Hog Roast in Baslow nr Chatsworth

Fancy a Hog Roast? Will you be stopping in the Peak District near Chatsworth House on the 8th May?

Well if so come along to our Food Fair in Baslow next to Chatsworth House and indulge in a fabulous hog roast put on by Harris Catering from Dronfield in Derbyshire.

After tucking in to their hog roast, have a wander around our Food Fair (admission to the event is free) and have a look at the 25+ artisan food producers and retailers.

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Next food fair - 7th & 8th May

Monday, 25 April 2011

Dog walking & Chatsworth House

We know that the grounds of Chatsworth House are fantastically popular for dog walkers.
This afternoon we had a very enjoyable time at the headquarters of one of the stallholders at our forthcoming Food Fair in Baslow (nr Chatsworth) on the 7th & 8th May.

Phil Betts is the man behind the new Hardwick Country Store located just off junction 31 of the M1. Phil is passionate about dogs and his new business has been set up to provide dog owners with some of the best dog food and accessories at discount prices.

Phil will be coming to our next food fair. So why not come along with your canine buddy? Take a walk in the glorious grounds of Chatsworth House and then come and try some of the tasty treats at our food fair and at the same time treat your dog to some of the best quality dog food available. Do they deserve anything less?

Arden Grange and Natural Dog Food will be available at Special Baslow Food Fair rates during the weekend.

Hartingtons Food Experience.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Stalls mushrooming at Baslow Food Fair

The number of artisan food producers and retailers keeps on mushrooming at our Food Fair taking place on 7th and 8th May in the picturesque Peak District village of Baslow next to Chatsworth House. We now have over 25 during the two days.

One of the latest editions is Autumn Harvest who are coming along on Sunday 8th May with their array of wild and dried mushrooms.

For anyone who loves using mushrooms in their cooking as I do it would be worth popping along to our second food fair to pick up a punnet or two of their delicacies.

Baslow Food Fair 7th & 8th May

Hartingtons - food experience

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Lovely, Lovely Cheeses

Great news for cheese lovers!

The lovely, lovely Joyce is coming from Franjoy Dairies bringing her range of artisan cheeses and butter to our food fair.

Regulars to Bakewell Farmers Market will know Joyce but if you can't wait to see her you can now buy her range of cheeses on Sunday 8th May at our next Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth.

I've tasted them and they are bloomin' lovely. So smooth being carressed with a velvet glove.

Simply the best!

Baslow Food Fair nr Chatsworth 7th & 8th May

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Simply Cocoa Sunday

Chocoholics are in for a treat at our next food fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth.

I've just spoken to the delightful Karen of Simply Cocoa and she has agreed to bring her chocolate delights to our food fair on Sunday the 8th May.

Her specialist chocolate products are a visual as well as a taste sensation with mouth watering delights such as white chocolate bar with milk and strawberry curls & luxury chocolate truffles.

Want something special? Karen can also make something for that special occasion. Delicious!

May Food Fair - Baslow nr Chatsworth 7th & 8th May

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Friday, 15 April 2011

BZ to weave his Magic at Baslow Food Fair

BZ Magic will make a welcome return to Hartingtons Baslow Food Fair on Sunday the 8th May.

Last time Ben wowed the visitors young and old with his sleight of hand. Seeing is believing!

Make sure you get in early before Ben disappears in a puff of smoke ....or is it the TM bus back to Sheffield!

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Next Food Fair 7th & 8th May - Baslow Village Hall nr Chatsworth (The Village Hall is next to the Cavendish Hotel). Large car park at the side of the Hall. Buses from Sheffield, Chesterfield and all main Peak District villages stop right outside the Hall.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Italian treats come to Baslow Food Fair nr Chatsworth

I've just been speaking to Luigi from Taste of Italy.

Great news he's doing both days at our Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth on the 7th & 8th of May.

Luigi who does fantastic Italian cheeses and cold meats as well as traditional Italian Breads such as Foccacia and Ciabatta is based in Chesterfield but with Italian heritage will bring a real taste of Italy to our next food fair.

Come and enjoy!

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Next Baslow Food Fair - 7th & 8th May

Monday, 11 April 2011

Chatsworth Food Fair

This weekend was supposed to be a relaxing one after our first ever food fair in Baslow (nr Chatsworth).  But you know what it's like!  We wanted to get to Chatsworth's Food Fair to have a look round and have a chat to a few possible stall holders for our next food fair taking place on the 7th & 8th of May.

What should have been a gentle saunter up to Chatsworth House along the River Derwent became a full blooded sprint across the grounds in order for us to reach the Food Fair before it closed at 5.  To be honest we were a little disappointed.  There were a lot of hot food outlets doing pies and gourmet burgers but no food producers from the Peak District.  Instead there were a lot of journey men food producers who do the round of food markets throughout the UK.  That's not to say that some weren't very good but it would have been nice to see a few more local faces!

Anyway, today is a day to celebrate.  We are just off to sign the lease on our cookery school.  A fantastic spot on the first floor of a converted saw mill in Bakewell overlooking the River Wye.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Food & Art at our Baslow Food Fair nr Chatsworth

Where does food meet art?

Well some would argue that cake decoration is an art form and looking at Kirstie Dobsons fantastic creations at Hartingtons Spring Food Fair last week who could argue with that.

Crowds of people were gathering round her stall of beautifully decorated cakes including a full size Radley handbag.  I thought somebody had left it on her stall by mistake it was that real!

I understand that Kirstie is open to commissions so if you are looking for a one off cake for that special occassion that stands out from the crowd why not get in touch with Kirstie on 07733 070279 or e-mail her at

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Next food fair on 7th & 8th May - Baslow Village Hall - nr Chatsworth

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Baslow Food fair - wow - what a great weekend!

We have just got back from our first ever food fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth.

Wow - what a great weekend!

The flood of people didn't stop..........Throngs of walkers who had been exploring the surround countryside, day trippers taking a stroll in Chatsworth Park and foodies making the trip having read about the event in the Sheffield Telegraph and the Derbyshire Times.

There was so much interest from the public in our artisan food producers............

Pete from Real Honey Apairies sold out on the first day of his Heather Honey (36 jars in one day).  He ended up having to go back and bottle more early Sunday morning just to keep up with demand!

Not surprising when we saw the hoardes of people with their brown bags leaving the venue.  There are certainly going to be a lot of people eating very well this week!

All we can say is thank you to the people that made the effort to visit our first food fair and all those great stallholders that made it such a special event.

We look forward to meeting you at our next food fair on the 7 and 8th of May.

Chris & Julie