Village food festival is made for TV

TV presenter Sarah Beeny joins a class at the Tideswell School of Food
TV presenter Sarah Beeny joins a class at the Tideswell School of Food

Sheffield Food Festival was never like this! The Peak village of Tideswell is set for a starring TV role as it hosts its first Festival of Food next month.

The community is currently at the heart of the Big Lottery’s Village SOS project, being filmed for a BBC series presented by Sarah Beeny in the autumn.

The Taste Tideswell initiative – which aims to create a sustainable local food industry with a nationally-recognised brand – is planning a day-long food festival on Saturday, May 7. And visitors will have a chance to get in on the action as cameras once again record the fun.

“We’ll be celebrating the food and drink of Tideswell and the achievements of the project, highlighting the village and its food to locals and visitors alike,” says village champion Tim Nicol.

“Tideswell folk have got used to being caught on camera but the festival will be a chance for visitors to see the filming in progress. Who knows – they may end up on screen themselves!”

Running from 10am until 4pm, events and activities will include a beer festival at the Horse and Jockey, a children’s singathon at St John’s Church, street entertainment, food stalls throughout the village and cookery demonstrations.

Visitors will be able to sample the fare of local producers who have signed up for a Tideswell Made quality mark. They include Peak District Dairy, butcher NT Gibbs, Tindalls the bakers, Peaches the greengrocers and the Cherry Tree deli.

They will also be able to tour the Tideswell School of Food, the operation at the heart of the Taste Tideswell project, which offers a range of cookery courses as well as a commercial kitchen and a newly-opened nano-brewery.