tasty treats at chatsworth

Mary Berry.
Mary Berry.

The chance to watch two of the most famous chefs demonstrating their favourite dishes at Chatsworth Country Fair is in store this weekend (September 4-6).

Hugely popular TV presenter and chef John Torode will be appearing for the first time at the Fair.

John will be sharing dishes from his new book, My Kind of Food, which is due out in mid-September.

He will be carrying out three demonstrations on Sunday at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

Baking queen Mary Berry returns for the third year after proving a huge hit with the crowd.

Visitors will be able to see the doyenne of cooking demonstrating three of her favourite recipes from her book, Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites at 11am and 3.30pm on Saturday.

She will show the audience how to create her delicious Summer Ring Pavlova; Garlic Mushrooms Penne Gratin and Gavaldalax followed by book signing afterwards.

Demonstrations will take place in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre located in a dedicated marquee with TV screens, PA and seating at the heart of the Fine Food Village.

With the cream of chefs from the region making up a full timetable running from 10am on each day, the Cookery Theatre is sure to be a huge draw.

For those taking inspiration from the Cookery Theatre, there’s an opportunity to buy some delicious ingredients to take home or simply relax with a local Real Ale, have a nibble by the river or take afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Room.

The Fine Food Village showcases more than 70 local and small artisan producers providing the chance to buy fresh seasonal food and gourmet delights.

Around the showground, there are plenty more wonderful shopping opportunities.

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With children under 14 admitted free, the Chatsworth Country Fair is great value for a family day out. A popular favourite with all ages is the Olde Tyme Fairground, with its classic rides from the Helter Skelter; Chair-O-Plane, Gallopers to the magnificent Big Wheel. Around the showground, look out for lots more entertainment with target golf; pony rides; bungee trampolines and climbing walls.

The Grand Ring is offering an action-packed schedule on all three days, with real show-stopping entertainment including daredevil stunts from the Ukrainian Cossack Team; a parachute display from Jump4Heroes; the Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team and a Global Stars, a new aerobatic display team made up of British aerobatic champions from past and present.

Also not to be missed is the British Scurry & Trials Driving, Charlotte Hill and her Birds of Prey, a Vintage Car Parade, Allcomers Dog Racing with Adrian Francis, a Hound Parade and Mounted Games with a full display from the Red Arrows bringing the whole event to a thrilling finale on the final day.

Gates open at 9am each day. Advance tickets are available from £18 while children under 14 get in free. For more information and ticketing options, including a 10 per cent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk

The Chatsworth Country Fair can also be found at www.facebook.com/ChatsworthCountryFair