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Peak District on a plate - celebrate local food in National Parks Week

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Tuesday 15 July 2008

15 July 2008

Peak District on a plate - celebrate local food in National Parks Week –

July 28-Aug 3

Peak District businesses are serving up a feast of special events to help celebrate the Year of Food and Farming in National Parks Week (July 28 - Aug 3).

This year’s National Parks Week theme is “Your Countryside on a Plate,” spotlighting excellent local food and drink from producers who help the environment.

More than 70 businesses hold the Peak District National Park Authority’s Environmental Quality Mark award for their commitment to using local, seasonal produce, saving energy, recycling, supporting a healthy countryside and the rural economy.

Among them is Rowley’s Restaurant and Bar in Baslow, co-owned by Rupert Rowley, who is also head chef at the Michelin-starred Fischer’s Restaurant at Baslow Hall.

Sheffield-born Rupert, who trained with celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay and John Burton Race, said: “I’m proud of the wealth of ingredients that are available in the Peak District, featuring local produce on our menus when they are at their prime.

“This might include Derbyshire Spring Lamb, wild cep mushrooms, honey from surrounding heather moorlands, English asparagus, Chatsworth venison, organic Derbyshire beef and Yorkshire forced rhubarb.”

  • To find out more about Rowleys or Fischer’s restaurants, go to or
  • National Parks Week is being celebrated in Britain’s 14 national parks. To find details of events and innovative regional recipes from all around Britain, go to:
  • To find details of where to shop, where to eat and where to stay in local environment-friendly businesses, pick up a “Savour the Flavour of the Peak District” leaflet in visitor centres, or go to
  • To find out more about the Peak District National Park’s Environmental Quality Mark, go to

Peak District Events for National Parks Week, July 28-Aug 3

Celebrating “Your countryside on a plate”

Tuesday July 29 - Sunday August 3, 10am - 5pm

Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough - nature trail, puddings and ice cream

Visit Blaze Farm, a Peak District Environmental Quality Mark award-winning farm for a stroll around the nature trail, see the animals graze on wild-flower rich fields and watch a working hill farm in action. Try a different traditional English pudding every day of National Parks Week - including favourites such as bread and butter

pudding, jam roly-poly and Queen of Puddings, using the farm's free range eggs and Peak District ingredients, alongside award-winning homemade Hilly Billy Ice Cream.

Cost: Free farm trail. Traditional puddings £3.25 in the tearoom.

Information: Marshall and Katy Waller 01260 227229 or

Wednesday July 30, 10am start

Longnor Walk - oatcakes and meadows - EVENT CANCELLED

Discover how farming to grow food has shaped the beautiful landscape of the Dove

Valley near the old market village of Longnor on this walk of around 2.7 miles, through meadows and pastures, many once ploughed to grow oats. The walk starts and ends at the Market Hall where the Longnor Coffee Shop serves meals of traditional Staffordshire oatcakes. Gentle slopes, some stiles, can get muddy so bring suitable footwear.

Cost: Free guided walk but pre-booking essential as numbers are limited. Lunch

from Longnor Coffee Shop at your own expense.

Information: Bill Bevan, 01433 620373 or

Wednesday July 30, 10am

Sally Mosley Guided Walks - Lathkill Dale and a luxury picnic

A walk of about 5½ -miles with informative narrative through the Lathkill Dale

National Nature Reserve, packed with interesting flora, fauna and fascinating remains dating back to the lead mining era, ancient packhorse bridges and a succession of weirs. Some slopes and stiles. Walk ends at Over Haddon where a luxury picnic/buffet awaits at the Village Hall - relax, unwind and drink in magnificent views.

Starts at Over Haddon car park (pay & display) at 10am.

Cost: £20 per person to include picnic. Booking is essential with payment in

advance. Walk limited to 20 people.

Contact: Sally Mosley on 01629 814108 / 07989 622692 or

Tuesday July 29 to Thursday July 31, 11am - 4.30pm

Castleton Visitor Centre - “Countryside on a Plate” Activity Days

Children can enjoy doing crafts, quizzes and collages featuring local food, with farmers’ market produce and famous Peak District products including Bakewell pudding, Hartington blue cheese, local ice cream, Derbyshire oatcakes and Ashbourne gingerbread.

Call 01629 816558 for more details.

Thursday July 31, 10am - 3pm

Buxton Farmers’ Market, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

An opportunity to buy a great range of food direct from the farmers and local producers. Come along and buy meat, vegetables, cakes, biscuits, eggs, jams, relishes, chocolate, beer and cheese, including an excellent organic range.

Everything under the dome, inside the Octagon at the Pavilion Gardens, in the historic spa town of Buxton..

Friday August 1, 2pm - 4pm

The Chocolate Experience - Cocoadance, Mam Tor Farm, Nr Castleton

A unique opportunity for a group of eight people to visit a National Trust farmhouse and barn, look around the chocolate workshop, learn about the history of chocolate,

taste samples from around the world, and finally make your own box of handmade chocolates to take home. The talks are very informal. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are strictly limited.

Cost: £25 per person, includes drinks and refreshments. Minimum age limit of 11 years. This experience is not suitable for wheelchair uses.

Information: Bridget Joyce & David Golubows on 01433 621334 or

Saturday August 2, 10:30am-3:15pm

The Language of Flowers & Herbs - Ewe Close Farm, Hassop Road, Bakewell

A one-day course organised by the Arran Trading Post of Bakewell, on a Peak District farm learning about natural skincare using flowers and herbs grown at the farm. Fiona Doubleday is running the course with one of her Peak District suppliers who also uses herbs grown in the National Park.

Cost: £70 per person, including lunch. Pre-booking essential as spaces are limited to six. Information: Pete and Fiona Doubleday on 01629 812667

Saturday August 2, 2pm - 4pm

The Art of Well Dressing - Ewe Close Farm, Hassop Road, Bakewell

Try your hand at the Peak District custom of well dressing on this afternoon course at Ewe Close Farm. Local well dresser Kath Williams will demonstrate the creation of unique natural pictures that form the focal point of annual village celebrations, using flowers and herbs grown on the farm,.

Cost: £25 per person. Pre-booking is essential, spaces are limited to eight.

Information: Pete and Fiona Doubleday on 01629 812667

Saturday August 2, 10am - 4pm

Cocoadance Open Day, Mam Farm, Nr Castleton

Award-winning chocolatiers Bridget and David will give short demonstrations every hour and treat visitors to handmade chocolates and a refreshing chocolate drink. Their exquisite chocolates, made with local Peak District cream, butter, milk and eggs, will also be on sale at a special discount. Visitors are limited to 12 at a time because of the size of the workshop, so please arrive with plenty of time.

Please note the farm is unsuitable for wheelchair use and on a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so it would be appreciated if visitors could park at Odin Mine and walk up.

Cost: £2 per person to pay at the door.

Information: Bridget Joyce and David Golubows on 01433 621334 or

Sunday August 3, 10am to 3pm

Castleton Farmers’ Market, Village Hall, Castleton

Indoor, year-round market at the Village Hall in picturesque Castleton. Disabled

access and plenty of parking available. Information: 01433 620699.

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