Photo Journal | Chatsworth Country Fair 2018.

The annual Chatsworth Country Fair is the highlight of the year showcasing three spectacular days attracting tens of thousands to the Chatsworth Estate. The country fair brings together the very best of quintessential British style set in a stunning landscape including, country pursuits, rural crafts, artisan food, and spectacular grand ring entertainment. The honorary president this year was baking superstar Mary Berry CBE joining JCB’s Dancing Diggers within the action packed programme.

The honorary country fair president Mary Berry CBE opened the annual event alongside the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and even had a go in one of the JCB Dancing Diggers! Each JCB weighing around 80 tonnes performed a new routine held in the grand ring alongside show-stopping entertainment and performances from the popular Household Cavalry Musical Ride, Birds of Prey, Mounted Games and the Band of the King’s Division.

“I have visited Chatsworth Country Fair many times, and it is always a delight. It is an amazing day out for all the family in a magnificent setting. There is always a miscellany of spectacular events and demonstrations, brilliant trade stands and plenty of activities and experiences for the young.” – Mary Berry

Mary Berry greeted visitors, exhibitors and performers alike. From President to culinary creator, Mary joined the star-studded line up including, Paul Hollywood and Nadiya Hussain with demonstrations in the Stoves Cookery Demonstration Theatre. This year, the theatre moved to a bigger location, just in front of Chatsworth House.

A total of 55 hot air balloons set off each day at dawn and dusk across the River Derwent and parkland, providing a majestic view of the stunning landscape and surrounding countryside. Balloons of all shapes and wonderful colours featured like little pops of colour across the light blue skies in particular, there was a balloon in the shape of Ronald McDonald, a fire extinguisher, a red box and one from the Disney film ‘Up.

“Chatsworth Country Fair is a wonderful three day event and it’s always an honour to welcome the huge number of visitors it attracts to the area every summer. This year it is a celebration of all things Derbyshire, showcasing local heritage and traditions and including 30 local producers displaying their wares in the market place inspired by the Peak District and Derbyshire. We are determined to promote the county of Derbyshire and we’re incredibly proud to be flying the Derbyshire flag at Chatsworth this weekend.” – Duke of Devonshire

The Fine Food Village is bursting with stalls housing fresh, local produce, decedent cakes and sweet treats, savoury pies and carefully crafted beers. Whether you are a sweet or savoury person; there is something for everyone. Delving into the delights of culinary creativeness within the fine food theatre, rows of trade stands line the magnificent landscape with various aromas carried along the breeze from creamy clotted-cream fudge in a variety of flavours and sizzling curries to freshly baked decadent cakes and glorious homemade breads. 

It’s a haven for foodie-lovers. A true collaboration celebrating fine food with a vast variety, but all have one thing in common: a passion for excellent food. Exploring the various traders within the fine food village; most offer up small servings and encourage you to try their produce and have a real passion about sourcing their ingredients locally and sustainably. What’s great about the fine food village is that you won’t find any of this in your local supermarket which I think makes it really special and unique.

The Stove Cookery Demonstration Theatre showcased some of our favourite  chefs demonstrating their culinary creativeness including, Paul Hollywood, Nadiya Hussain and Eva Humphries aka Wholefood Warrior. 

One of my favourite parts of scouring the trade stalls was the selection of crafts, home goods and country clothing on offer. Chatsworth Country Fair brings together every aspect of the rural agricultural community. Brands such as Joules, Brocklehursts, and Rydale Clothing grace the trade stalls alongside independent creators within the marquees such as, Eden Crafts and Rural Crafts Association. There was even a trade stall for Tesla! I enjoy exploring the trade stalls as there is always something different and I like finding new creators. 

From classic fairground rides, helter skelters, carnival coloured ferris wheel to gun dog shows and horse driving; there is a full timetable of inspiring entertainment. Basking the in golden sunshine at the grand ring, audiences are treated to a variety of awe-inspiring entertainment from the Household Calvary Musical Ride and the Band of the King’s Division to Mounted Games Association of Great Britain and the spectacular Parachute Display from the Poppy Parachute Team including, this year JCB Dancing Diggers display to name a few. With “ohh’s” and “ahh’s” from the captivated audience, Chatsworth really know how to put on a show whilst keeping to the countryside and agricultural roots.

There is the Countryman’s Walk, where they demonstrate some of the classic country crafts such as dry-stone walling and haymaking. It is almost therapeutic to see and learn about the skills needed. One of my favourites is visiting the Birds of Prey display and the Chatsworth Farm Yard. 

Chatsworth Country Fair will be held next year: 30th, 31st snd 1st September 2019. Until then, why not watch my vlog to see what I got up to!

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