Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Bakewell Food Festival Showcases Artisan Bread Baker

The first Bakewell Food Festival in Bakewell this week will show off some of the best food producers from in and around the Peak District.  Hartingtons, the new School of Food in Bakewell, will open its doors on Saturday (28th April) from 9.30 am to showcase Mick Saxton of Saxton's Home Bakery.  Mick, who is one of the expert tutors delivering artisan bread courses at Hartingtons, will be demonstrating the art of artisan bread making using natural leven cultures.  His speciality is sourdough bread and he will be demonstrating how to make this great tasting artisan bread on the day.  Visitors to the School of Food. which is located on the first floor of Rutland Mill on Rutland Mews, will also be able to buy Mick's freshly baked artisan bread to take away and enjoy.

Artisan bread courses in the Peak District

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Stephanie Moon Peak District Cookery Course

Stephanie Moon, the Harrogate based Celebrity Chef, is appearing this week on the Great British Menu. Anyone who is into cooking can't fail to be gripped by her innovative ideas and passion for cooking great tasting food. If you have been inspired by Stephanie Moon's Great British Menu then why not come along to her cookery masterclass in the Peak District.

The one day Fish Masterclass with Stephanie Moon will show cooks and "foodies" how to create some great tasting fish dishes and you will also learn the technical knife skills that will enable you to fillet,  cook and even smoke fish.

Come to the Peak District and learn how to cook fish - one of the best tasting foods - with Stephanie Moon.

Peak District Cookery Courses

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Peak District Food Fair - gets plaudits.

The Baslow Food Fair in the heart of the Peak District is getting a growing reputation amongst foodies and visitors to the Peak District. Baslow itself is set in a beautiful spot adjoining the magnificent Chatsworth House and is in an ideal location for our Fine Food Fair.

One of our most recent stallholders Lewis Hunt from the brilliant Grandpa Lews has written a lovely piece in the new publication Taste the Seasons.

Are you a regular visitor and like food? Why not pop along to one of our Peak District Food Fairs and take a look for yourself.

Peak District Cookery Courses

Friday, 20 April 2012

Italian Bread Making Course in the Peak District

Visiting the Peak District and love Italian Food?

Well......we have a great Italian Bread Making Course on Sunday 20th May in Bakewell in our new School of Food . So why not come along and learn how to make fantastic foccacia, ciabatta and pizza with expert breadmaker, David Neville.

These artisan bread making courses are proving incredibly popular so if you've checked your piggy bank and you really can't afford to go to Italy this Summer don't can still recreate your own Italian ristorante at home.

Once you've mastered the art of making foccacia, ciabatta and pizza.......come July you'll be able to put on a Pavarotti CD, grab a glass of vino to accompany your Italian delights and and enjoy the long Summer nights in your own "Italian Riviera" will be so authentic you won't even realise you are in your own back garden!!

The course is on Sunday 20th May and costs £75. Refreshments and lunch are included and everything you make on the day is yours to take home and impress your loved ones and friends.

Check it out! Ciao for now!

Peak District Cookery Courses

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Who ate all the pies?......Michael Parkinson?

Well our very first Artisan Pork Pie Making Course takes place on Monday 23rd April at our new School of Food in Bakewell.......and what could be a better day to make this great English classic than St Georges Day?

Just 4 places remain on this unique course when you will learn how to make a true artisan Pork Pie under the guidance of acclaimed pie maker, Simon Barnes.

Simon, of Liberty Foods Farm Shop in Totley, on the outskirts Sheffield, has non other than former chat show host Michael Parkinson as a 'devotee' of his pork pies. Legend has it that whenever 'Parky' is in the area he sends out for one of Simon's pies!

Simon regularly sells out his delicious pies at our Fine Food Fairs in Baslow so rest assured you are being taught by a master!

So..... like pies? particularly like pork pies? .......then snap up one of the last few places and celebrate St George's day in style!

The course which costs £65 is on Monday 23rd April from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. You will get to make your own customised pork pie to take home and impress family and friends. Refreshments and a Peak District ploughmans lunch are also included in the price. Enjoy!

Artisan Food Courses - Peak District

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Cheese making courses come to the Peak District

Cheese making courses will make their debut in Bakewell in the Peak District this Tuesday when renowned cheese maker Chris Ashby takes the first Introduction to cheese making course at Hartingtons School of Food. Chris has been delivering the cheese making courses at 'River Cottage' for several years.

During this artisan cheese making course students will learn how to make a camembert style soft cheese. After a lunch sampling some delicious local cheeses, in the afternoon students will go on to make a lemon cheese and if time permits a mozzarella cheese.

We have a number of artisan cheese making courses taking place in our School of Food this year and given the number of early bookings they are proving to be very popular.

Hartingtons have obtained all our supplies from Moorlands Cheesemakers Ltd who have been fantastically helpful in setting up our new venture. If you do need any cheese-making supplies they are a really good place to start.

Cheese-making courses - Peak District

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Visiting the Peak District......

If you're visiting the Peak District over the Summer months and are looking for something a little different to do.....why not come along to one of our Artisan Food Courses or events at our recently opened School of Food? We are located in a beautiful converted sawmill on the banks of the River Wye, right in the heart of Bakewell, in the glorious Peak District.

We have a wide range of inspiring courses and events this year. Some of the highlights over the next few months include:

Sun 22 April - Sushi Sunday with Tomo Hasegawa of Edo Sushi

Mon 23 April
- Intro to Artisan Pork Pie Making with acclaimed pork pie maker, Simon Barnes

Sat 28 April
- Our Open Day at Rutland Mill as part of Bakewell's inaugural Food Festival. Free artisan breadmaking demos and freshly baked bread for sale. All welcome. FREE ADMISSION

Sun 29 April - Authentic Tapas with David Neville, owner of El Toro Tapas Bar

Sun 6 May
- Introduction to Beer Brewing with beer "guru" Paul Taylor

Fri 11 May
- The Ultimate Tea Experience with renowned tea expert James Pogson

Sun 20 May - World Bread Tour - Italian Breadmaking with David Neville

Tues 29 May - Intro to Artisan Cheesemaking with cheese judge and enthusiast Chris Ashby, of River Cottage fame

Thurs 7 June - Intro to Artisan Breadmaking with master baker Andrew Auld

Weds 20 June - Seasonal Vegetarian Course with chef Frank Boddy

Sun 24 June - Intro to Sourdough Breadmaking and Oatcakes with Mick Saxton

Weds 27 June - Fish Masterclass with celebrity chef Stephanie Moon

Thurs 12 July - Intro to Sourdough Breadmaking with master baker Andrew Auld

Sat 21 July - Bakewell has a new tart! Come and meet the outrageous Pearl at our pop up event. Art and cupcakes....what could be better? All welcome. FREE ADMISSION

Thurs 16 August - Intro to Artisan Breadmaking with master baker Andrew Auld

Sat 25 August - Farmers Market Shop and Cook with celebrity chef Stephanie Moon (will be on website shortly, taking telephone bookings now)

If you are visiting the area as a group (maybe family or friends hiring a cottage together?) then why not consider coming along to our School of Food as a group and have your own cookery course or demo right in the heart of the Peak District? We can provide any of our usual cookery courses for individual groups or if you prefer we can tailor make a course especially for you with discounts for large groups.

Food for thought hey?

Peak District cookery courses

Friday, 6 April 2012

Celebrity chefs at cookery school in Peak District

Well.......we are absolutely delighted to welcome not one......but two Celebrity Chefs to our School of Food in Bakewell, in the heart of the glorious Peak District.

Rachel Green, fresh from filming a programme for Channel 4 with Jimmy Doherty, will be giving her Flavours of Chatsworth Masterclass on 17th October. This is a full day "hands on" course where you will learn to make six dishes which showcase the best of the Peak District's produce. Dishes include herb crusted rack of Derbyshire lamb with pea, mint and shallot sauce and her delicious Chatsworth hot fondant puddings with cherry compote.

Rachel's bubbly personality and anecdotes, her enthusiasm for the Peak District and local food and her expert tuition make this a day not to be missed. At the end of the day you will take home all the dishes you have cooked along with a signed copy of Rachel's bestselling "Chatsworth Cook Book". The day also includes a light lunch and drinks. Places are limited and are proving very popular so if you are interested make sure you book now!

Stephanie Moon, a much loved regular on TV cookery shows and most recently on the Great British Menu, is putting on two masterclasses for us, both of which showcase her innovative and modern approach to cookery.

Steph will be delivering her Fish Masterclass on 27 June. This is a full day "hands on" course showing you how to fillet and cook various fish and make delicious accompaniments. Dishes will include mackerel with celeriac, fennel remoulade and pea salad as well as red mullet with ratatouille, chive crushed new potatoes and basil green olive salsa verde. She will also teach you how to smoke fish at home using apple wood chips. You will take home a range of exceptional fish dishes at the end of the day giving you real confidence to cook with fish in the future! A light lunch and drinks are included. Booking now at

The second course is her Farmers Market: Shop and Cook on 25 August. Our School of Food is literally in the shadow of the Bakewell Agricultural Centre, which houses the 2nd largest Farmers Market in the country, selling food from in and around the Peak District. To start the day accompany Steph on a tour round the Farmers Market where you will shop for the freshest, finest local produce. Once you have bought your provisions you return to start your day of cooking under Steph's expert tuition.

With her guidance you will make a series of dishes from produce bought on the day; some will form part of your lunch and the remainder you will take home at the end of the day. Lunch and drinks are included. This is a very unique day and places are limited. The cost is £135 per person. Full details will be on the website shortly but we are taking telephone/e-mail bookings now.

Peak District cookery courses