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The third Great Peak District Fair, held on the ninth and tenth of October 2004, was a considerable success with large numbers of visitors attending over the two days. Visitors were able to browse and buy high-quality goods produced by more than 80 exhibitors within a ten-mile radius of the Peak District National Park - from herbal teas to handmade greeting cards and hand crafted chocolate to handbags. A similar pattern was adopted the following year. Details of the 2006 event are set out below.

The event also provided an opportunity for tourism and quality-orientated businesses such as restaurants, cafes, hotels, accommodation providers, pubs and craft and gift shops to set up mutually-beneficial links with local suppliers. It was also an ideal opportunity to see and buy first class, foods, arts and crafts generated locally.

Demand for space at the Fair was so high, that the event had to be expanded to include the Paxton Suite, as well as the Octagon and promenade. Centrepiece in the Octagon on both days was the demonstration kitchen, where chefs showed off their skills using the very finest local produce. The focal point in the Paxton Suite was the a 'chill out' zone housed in a geodesic dome designed by Peak-based entrepreneur John Moon, of Atlow, near Ashbourne.

There was also a craft pavilion with live music, and a children's activity area organised by the Peak District National Park Authority's Losehill Hall, where youngsters tried a range of food, craft and environment-related activities.

There was also a well dressing demonstration, organised by Buxton Well Dressing Committee thanks to a five hundred pound prize won by the Fair in the regional round of the National Market Town Awards.

Several Scandinavian visitors were welcomed to the Fair as part of an innovative partnership between the Peak National Park Authority, the University of Derby, Fyresdal in Norway and Hylte in Sweden. The Scandinavian delegates picked up economy boosting tips and passed on their own experiences to their hosts.

Details of all major food fairs in Derbyshire and the Peak District for 2006, will be published on this website when they become available. In the meantime, why not visit one of the many Farmers' Markets that take place in the area, details of which may be found by visiting the Farmers' Markets page on this site. The list of markets on the web page will be extended in the new year.

Only products which have been produced, grown, raised, baked or caught locally are sold on the markets. Apart from where there is no business supplying a particular product, the produce sold normally comes from within a 30 mile radius of the market. All the stallholders must comply with stringent food and hygiene rules.


Savour the Flavour of the Peak District, a superbly produced guide to food and drink round the Peak National Park, is an essential requirement for visitor and local person alike. It provides a comprehensive list of places where locally produced food of the highest quality can be bought and consumed.

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W I Country Markets are held at Bakewell, Buxton, Chesterfield, Leek, Hope Valley and Matlock. A unique Parcel Scheme provides a countrywide service where a fresh parcel of goods can be delivered to a holiday home or as a gift. For more information visit:

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Events not to be missed - make a note in your diary for the:


Food and Drink Fair 


22-23 May 2010



22-31 May 2010

The Derbyshire Food Festival will run from 22-31 May 2010, when venues all across the county will be staging their own events to coincide with the 2010 Festival.


16 - 17 October 2010


       The Great Peak District Fair


Pavilion Gardens



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Saturdays, 10am-4pm at the Pavilion Gardens Buxton.
  • February 13

  • March 13

  • April 17

  • May 8

  • June 12

  • September 11

  • November 13

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Buy local, just a small move away from supermarkets to local food can make a huge difference to the local economy-enabling local people to care for the landscape.

Most of all-enjoy what Your landscape can put on Your plate!


It has been revealed that if 80 per cent of money is spent in a local area, it can generate up to five times its original value - creating a positive knock-on effect that helps to regenerate the area and improve the overall quality of life.

*Example quoted from 'The Money Trail', a joint report published by the Countryside Agency and New Economic Foundation, December 2002.



The Great Peak District Fair is a joint initiative between High Peak Borough Council and the Peak District Rural Development Programme. It is one of seven special projects being taken forward under the banner of the New Environmental Economy Programme (NEE), managed by the Peak District National Park Authority.

The 2003 Fair won the Action for Market Towns Project Award for best practice in the food and drink category of the East Midlands round of the National Market Town Awards - funded by East Midlands Development Agency and Arts Council East Midlands, and supported by the Countryside Agency.



> Every 10 spent on locally produced foods gets re-spent locally and leads to 25.90 being invested back into the local economy.

> Every 10 spent in a supermarket leads to only 14 being invested in the local economy.

> So if every person, tourist and business switched 1% of current spend to local products, it would put extra 1 million into the local economy each week!!!


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