Bakewell set to live up to its name

Paul Morgans, mayor of Bakewell and joint organiser of the Bakewell Baking Festival
Paul Morgans, mayor of Bakewell and joint organiser of the Bakewell Baking Festival

Bakewell’s second Food Festival takes to the streets this weekend – but the Peakland town is already gearing up for its next culinary celebration.

Mayor Paul Morgans and his partner, Janet Reeder, are planning a Bakewell Baking Festival for June 8 - 9.

“The town is known for its puddings and its tarts and it has the right name too,” says Paul. “This is going to be more than just a cooking event, it’s going to be a real festival.”

They hope the retro-themed event will bring in visitors from all over the country.

Already lined up to take part are Masterchef finalist and TV chef Stacie Stewart, Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber, and former MP Edwina Currie who will be making healthy puddings.

In addition to the programme of demonstrations, there will be masterclasses, Kids Zone, a Mad Hatter’s tea party, tea dance and a Mr Darcy custard pie fight.

Events in the main festival theatre will be ticketed, but free attractions include a vintage market.

More details: www.bakewellbakingfestival.co.uk