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Carsington Water food fair success despite the weather

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

Carsington Water food fair success despite the weather

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RAIN failed to put a dampener on affairs yesterday, as dozens turned out to enjoy a food fair at an Ashbourne tourism hotspot.

A surprising number of people ignored the bleak forecasts and showed up to make the Carsington Water Food Fair a booming success.

People were out in force with the fair featuring 22 different artisan stalls, most from Derbyshire.

It is the fourth event of its kind, held at the visitor centre at the reservoir, and organised by New Leaf Catering and Hartingtons of Bakewell, with the aim of promoting local food in Derbyshire.

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New Leaf Catering's general manager, Mike Tempest, was pleased to see plenty of people.

He said: "It is always frustrating when the weather is like this, but people have enjoyed themselves and we have raised awareness of the food we have here.

"We have been busier than I would expect in these weather circumstances."

Traders and guests could be seen enjoying themselves and trying the diverse foods on offer.

John Baldock, whose Darley Abbey-based Derventio Brewery had a stall, was also impressed by the number of people who turned up.

The 58-year-old, who had a bottled beer selection and one cask ale on offer, said: "The people who have come along seem to be having a good time.

"There is a lot of food so there's a good selection to try."

A chocolate-themed similar event will be held in October, followed by a Christmas fair on Sunday, December 23, where people can buy seasonal goods ahead of the holiday.

Leeza Murina brought an Eastern European flavour to the proceedings with her traditional Russian food stall.

Cossack Cuisine, based in Sheffield, sells a variety of savoury pies with several fillings to choose from.

She said: "Our food is deliciously different.

"It is really nice that people show an interest and want to try the food but it's even better when they enjoy it.

"I find it really pleasing when I see people enjoying the food."

Ms Murina added: "It went really well and people had a great response.

"And it was all about getting a response today, so it has been good."

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