Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Sushi coming to our Baslow Food Fair

The fantastic array of artisan food producers coming to our latest food fair in Baslow on the 19th June is slowly coming together.

For those who love sushi we have a new stallholder Hiroko from Japanese Ideas who will be bringing not only sushi but other authentic home cooked Japanese food from her own kitchen.  I've only tasted Japanese food a couple of times apart from Sushi and both time loved it.  Fantastic gyoza or teriyaki or even wasabi peas or soya beans cooked with salt so simple and tasty.  So I'm particularly looking forward to sampling some more of this fascinating type of cuisine.

For those who are interested in creating their own Japanese style dishes Hiroko also runs her own cookery school in Nottingham putting on various courses on how to prepare your own Sushi.

Hartingtons Food Experience

Baslow Food Fairs - nr Chatsworth 19th June

Monday, 9 May 2011

Fennel eating parrots & other foodie stories

There is no such thing stranger than reality & this weekend & the second ever food fair in Baslow was definitely living proof of that.

A game of two halves.  A disappointing Saturday with a number of stallholder dropping out at the last minute and rubbish weather after a series of bank holidays and the hottest April on record made attendance disappointing.  Sunday was completely different in every way.  The best line up of stallholders ever!  A packed, knowledgeable and curious crowd of foodies browsed, tasted, chatted with over 20 enthusiastic stallholders all keen to advise and inform the visitors about their artisan food products.

The highlight has to be with the revelation of one customer who brought a fennel plant from Phil Betts at Hardwick Country Store was that the plant wasn't to help create an authentic italian risotto or a spectacular fish dish.  No...it was for their pet parrot who had apparently developed a Fennel addiction.

A brilliant Sunday, a great event and some top notch stallholders means that we are already looking forward to our next food fair in June.

If you came and enjoyed it or have any ideas for the next food fair let us know.  We are always looking to improve.

Julie & Chris

Monday, 2 May 2011

What a line up for our May Food Fair!!

Well I know I've been a bit quiet lately and I have left the blogging to the very hard working Editor but I am absolutely amazed at the line up for our next Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth and I need to let you know what we have in store!

There will be a great selection of local artisan food producers on both days. In fact the line up is very different on Saturday and Sunday so if you are in the area and a bit of a "foodie" come along on both days. You won't be disappointed whether you're wanting to stock up for the week or just have a foodie treat!

On Saturday and Sunday at the front of the Hall we have Adriano from Azorie Blue with his delicious Brazilian coffee and latino music. On Saturday there will be savoury and sweet pancakes courtesy of Tim of Double Dutch Pancakes,who has built up a loyal following in the area and new boy on the Baslow block Luigi will be there both days with his Taste of Italy......a fantastic range of Italian breads, cheese and oils.

To whet your appetite amongst many others on Saturday will be:

Tasty Samosa Co - Vipuns great pakoras, samosas and southern Indian curries. You must try his Shreekand dessert...... a real revelation.
The Cheese Shop - a fantastic selection of artisan cheeses
The Peak Barn Food Co - great brownies and ginger parkins amongst their selection
Catherines Choice - wonderful preserves and chutneys - you must try their new sun dried tomato ketchup
Heavenly Cheesecakes - legendary New York style cheesecake
Girl with the Golden Cup - Award winning specialist teas and tisanes
Peak Honey - Olivier with his great range of local honeys
The Cookie Stop - artisan cookies - unleash your inner cookie monster
Hardwick Country Store - new permanent Farmers Market & premium dog food retailer at Junct 31 of M1
Staffordshire Savoury Eggs - grab a right royal savoury treat
Fruit & Herb Company - artisan olives and herb dressing and marinades

and on Sunday come along and meet even more....

Catherines Choice - wonderful preserves and chutneys- you must try their new sundried tomato ketchup
Heavenly Cheesecakes - legendary New York style cheesecake
Girl with the Golden Cup - Award winning specialist teas and tisanes
Peak Honey - Olivier with his Peak District honey
Hardwick Country Store - new permanent Farmers Market & dog food retailer
Staffordshire Savoury Eggs - grab a right royal savoury treat
Fruit & Herb Company - artisan Olives and herb dressing and marinades
Delishas - the ultimate red pepper relish - recipe a family secret & one taste of it and you'll know why!


Every Day Delicious - Savoury puff tarts
P J Taste - Sheffields innovative company bring the ultimate cheese toastie & citrus hits
Franjoy Dairy- The lovely Joyce with her lovely lovely cheeses
Patisserie Lola - French style sweet treats
Simply Cocoa - Artisan chocolates
Heavenlies - Cupcakes & cakes
Muffin Topps - Muffins and other sweet delights
Native breeds - Meat pies and very interesting meat products
Galore Foods - Fantastic pestos and other delights
Autumn Harvest Mushrooms - wild & dried mushrooms


Harris Catering - The ultimate hog roast will be outside all day!!

Demand for pitches has meant that there will now be stalls on the lawn at the back of the Hall .....with Staffordshire Savoury Eggs on both days and P J Taste selling citrus hits and the ultimate toasties on Sunday.

The enthusiastic Phil Betts from Hardwick Country Store will be promoting his new venture (at Godfreys Garden near Junct 31 of the M1) both days. He will be selling a variety of local food produce and for the dog owners amongst you he will have a fantastic selection of premium dog food at special show prices. Come along and see what he has on offer!

And if you are around on Sunday be amazed by BenZ Magic - his close up magic has to be seen to be believed!!!

Hartingtons - Food Experience