Monday, 29 August 2011

A Food Fair for Foodies

Hartingtons latest Baslow Fair was a roaring success but above all great fun.

Streams of knowledgeable foodies perused, tasted and chatted with our enthusiastic line up of artisan food producers.

Baslow newbies to the show all made a great contribution:

Shelly Preston from Boutique Aromotique on the Welbeck Estate wowed visitors with her artisan chocolates. I heard many eulogise about her dark chocolate truffles.

Mr Hall brought along his traditional potted meats and pates along with his home made mushy peas and bacon together with his home cured packs of salted beef. Delicious and not expensive at £1.50 a pack.

Gary from the Pumpkin Oil company treated people to a taste of his Eastern European delicacy. Nutty and healthy.

Kate from the Coleiac Safe Ltd exhibited her range of gluten free cakes proving that gluten intolerance shouldn't prevent you from indulging.

Tea Box of Sheffield brought some great loose tea blends fresh from their box. How about Rhubarb and Custard. Fruity and Cream in a tea cup.

As well as these first timers we had some great regulars:

Lorna from Heavenlies doing her themed afternoon tea on the lawn. Lorna's gran even made it along to give her moral support. Apparently, Lorna was inspired to bake by her gran and having a sprightly 99 year old there to give her some encouragement helped her sell to her ever increasing band of followers.

Mary Button of the Really Good Cheese Company introduced a crowd of cheese lovers to unique and original local cheeses. How about a Staffordshire with beer and garlic and have you ever tried Dovedale Blue?

Greenside Deli had their best show since starting their new artisan food business just over a year ago. Fantastic and well done.

Luigi from Taste of Italy with his genuine Italian bread. They are imported from Altamura, Puglia. Alongside are his genuine Italian salami and cheese.

Glynne of Splash & Dash provided some great laughs and some fantastic marinades and oils.

Ced and Linda brought a taste of the West Country with their Friary Liqueurs. Fruity flavours with a kick and classic French wine flowed with Genevieve's Beaujolais wine from her family vineyard.

Lee Capille entertained outside providing fresh coffee and paella with the genuine soccarat. The crust that is so treasured by real paella connoisseurs.

Muffin Tops yet again proved that there are cupcakes and cupcakes. These are in a class of their own. The flavours are intense. No bland sponge here topped with fancy icing. Blueberry cupcakes with real fruit all the way through the sponge. Simply brilliant!

Thanks to everybody that came and made it a great day. We now have a few weeks off to refine the next one. A Taste of Asia which will be just a little special.

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Friday, 26 August 2011

Chatsworth and a Food Fair

Only two days to go now to our next Food Fair at Baslow near Chatsworth! .........And what a line up we have got!!

If you are in the Peak District on Sunday 28 August over the Bank Holiday weekend and are looking for something to do ; perhaps wanting to combine an event with a bit of a stroll then look no further!

Our Food Fair at Baslow Village Hall is literally 200 metres from the pedestrian entrance to Chatsworth. Why not have a little stroll through the magnificent parkland of Chatsworth or a guided tour of Chatsworth House itself followed by a visit to Hartingtons Baslow Food Fair.

If you are near Baslow at lunch time pop along and tuck in to some hot food. Charismatic Lee Capille will be serving his home made chicken and chorizo paella together with a vegetarian pasta on the forecourt all day. His food went down a treat at the last Food Fair........very reasonably priced and definitely not to be missed!!

Indoors Lorna of Heavenlies will be serving tea and coffee complemented by her amazing array of home baked goodies and for the chocoholics amongst you we have Boutique Aromatique with her 12 hour steeped hot chocolate!! Mmmmm....delicious.

The full line up for the event on Sunday 28 August is:

Taste of Italy - Luigi's pop up Italian Deli including cheese, pasta, ham, salami, bread and Italian wines

Lee Capille - Hot paella and risotto all day and barista served coffee from his converted fiat van

Heavenlies - afternoon tea delights and a range of delicious savoury treats many of which are fat free and gluten free

Really Good Cheese Co - fantastic range of regional cheese, local bread, crackers and organic apple juice

Muffin Topps - amazing fruit and chocolate muffins, cake pops and other sweet treats

Greenside Deli - home made preserves and chutneys

Fruit and Herb Company - oils, dips and marinades

Halls Home Produce - Mr Hall's home made potted meat and pates

Pumpkin Oil UK - superb nutty pumpkin seed oil for cooking and dips

Friary Liqueurs - award winning fruit liqueurs

Tea Box - fantastic range of blended teas

Domaine du Pyre - Genevieve's Beaujolais wine from her family vineyard

Freedom Lager - from a award winning microbrewery

Boutique Aromatique - fantastic range of hand made chocolates and 12 hr steeped hot chocolate

Hi Life - 2 for 1 dining at local restaurants

Hartingtons - Food events in the area

and some other surprises on the day!!!

The event at Baslow Village Hall (next to the Cavendish Hotel and opposite Il Lupo Restaurant) is on Sunday 28 August. Doors open at 10.30 and the event is on until 4.30. Lots of free tastings on the day. All are welcome. ADMISSION IS FREE.


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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hi-Life winner just announced

Baslow Food Fair has just announced the winner of the Hi-Life card free prize draw from the August 7th Food Fair.

The winner of a FREE Hi-Life card for 12 months is Rebecca Marsh of Sheffield. Congratulations to her and those who missed out this time will have another chance of winning a card in the next prize draw at the Bank Holiday Food Fair nr Chatsworth on Sunday.

Hope you can come along and congratulations to Rebecca and thanks again to Hi-Life for sponsoring our Baslow Food Fairs.

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Chatsworth - What's to do?

Are you visiting the magnificent Chatsworth House this weekend?

If so - I don't blame you. There is nothing better than an amble around the grounds of Chatsworth along the River Derwent up to the house and the stable block. If you do go to Chatsworth on Sunday and you like food........ why not also pop along to Hartingtons Baslow Food Fair taking place in the picturesque Peak District Village next door?

Park in the main car park in Baslow, take a stroll to Chatsworth and then pop in to our Food Fair in Baslow Village Hall to experience free tastings from over 20 artisan food producers.

To see our full line up of local food heroes have a look here.

What could be better for Bank Holiday Sunday? A visit to Chatsworth, a bit of exercise and a Food Fair into the bargain. Even better it's all FREE.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Freedom @ Baslow nr Chatsworth

We all love a bit of FREEDOM.

But how about coming along to our Bank Holiday Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth to taste real FREEDOM. That is the award winning Freedom Lager brewed in Staffordshire and now gracing some of the finest eateries in the capital including Jamie Oliver's new restaurant Barbecoa.

The range of lagers includes a Pilsner and unusually a dark organic lager. As well as being organic the beer is suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.

You know what they say. Once you've tasted FREEDOM you'll never want to go back. Why not give it a try!

- Food Fairs - Baslow 28th August - nr Chatsworth House

Friday, 12 August 2011

Chocoholics near Chatsworth

It's no secret. I'm a bit of a chocoholic. I love real dark chocolate not the sweet stuff that we are brought up on in this country. Imagine my joy when we were contacted by a true artisan chocolatier wanting to come to our Bank Holiday Food Fair in Baslow on the 28th August.

Shelly Preston is a fine chocolatier with a boutique next to the Welbeck Farm Shop on the Welbeck Estate. I've posted a picture of some of her creations. Even better she is going to do 12 hour hot chocolate at our Baslow Food Fair nr Chatsworth. So chocoholics you know where to come on the 28th August. See you in the queue!

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Bank Holiday Food Fair

If you are planning to go to Chatsworth House or into the Peak District for the forthcoming Bank Holiday Sunday (28 August), why not think about popping in to our Food Fair in Baslow?

We have just secured a completely new stallholder for the event. Teabox are a Sheffield based company specialising in loose teas. Come along and check out their extensive range of tea blends. Everything from the comically named rhubarb and custard to your more traditional English Breakfast or even the health giving qualities of a Jasmine Green Tea.

An ideal accompaniment to one of the fabulous range of cup cakes from Muffin Tops, Heavenly Cheesecake Company's New York style cheesecakes or chocolate brownies from Lorna at Heavenlies.

Mmmmm can hardly wait!!

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Monday, 8 August 2011

Latest Baslow Food Fair a Fantastic Success!!

What a great show and it certainly was a show. Much more that just a Food Fair......... It was a carnival of Mediterranean Food.

Thanks to everybody who came along and all the great artisan food producers.

Undoubtedly the best Food Fair yet.

Both Julie and I are looking forward to the next Food Fair on the 28th August but first a little rest....

Hartingtons Food Experience

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Flavours of the Mediterranean, Baslow nr Chatsworth

Anybody coming to our Food Fair tomorrow (7 August) in Baslow near Chatsworth will be guaranteed genuine Mediterranean flavours. Sorry we can't be as certain that the weather will match!

How about these to whet your appetite:

Kathryn from Raw Appetite will be tempting you with:

Courgette crisps, Flax crackers with Italian seasoning, Herb salad, and Mediterranean dolmas and if you like watermelon, she'll be whizzing up fresh, thirst quenching glasses of juice, too.

Lorna from Heavenlies will be cooking up feta and olive scones and an almond and praline cake to add to her usual array of tasty delights.

Lee Capille will be cooking authentic chicken and chorizo paella, which will be available on the forecourt all day.

Serpil from A Taste of Anatolia will have baklava, borek, ajuka and rice dolma in her wide selection of Turkish fare.

Oliviccio will have meze, tzatsiki, harissa, stuffed olives and a wide range of Mediterranean snacks.

Love food? Come along and have some free tastings......... then stock up your larder!

Doors open from 10.30 and the Fair is on until 4.30 at Baslow Village Hall (next to the Cavendish Hotel and opposite Il Lupo restaurant).

Admission is FREE and all are welcome. Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Chatsworth & Flavours of the Med

Anyone visiting Chatsworth House this Sunday (7 August) should try to spare a bit of time to come to Hartingtons Food Fair at Baslow Village Hall.

The August Food Fair from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. features Flavours of the Mediterranean bringing a touch of summer to Baslow.

One of our exhibitors, the Paella Man, will be cooking up an authentic chicken and chorizo paella but will also be doing bacon butties in the morning for those looking for a fortifying breakfast.

He also promises to bring along his own organic rosemary and basil and a selection of his artisan oils.

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