Elvaston Castle Food and Drink Festival returns tomorrow – and it’s FREE

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There’ll be plenty of gin on offer at Elvaston Castle

two-day food and drink festival kicks off at Elvaston Castle tomorrow – and it’s FREE.

More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event, which will bring a host of street food stalls, bespoke drinks, music and competitions.

Best-selling author and TV chef Sally Bee will be meeting visitors and signing her latest book.

She’ll be chatting to people about her extraordinary life and how she survived five heart attacks – caused by a rare genetic condition.

Organiser Ruth Hattersley decided to bring her event back to Elvaston Castle after the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair – run previously by Derbyshire County Council at the venue – was axed in 2014.

To entertain visitors, she’s set up cooking demonstrations by local chefs in specially set-up marquees and says the weekend will be filled with delicious food, beers, wine and chilled Prosecco!

Chef Sally Bee will be making an appearance at the Elvaston Castle Food and Drink Festival

A programme of live music is also planned to run during the two-day event.

Ruth, of Derby, said she was delighted to be organising a food festival near her home city, having run similar events across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

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She runs Madhatters Events with her husband and business partner, Xaviar.

She said: “I have lived in Derbyshire all my life so it was only natural that we should hold one of the events at the awe-inspiring Elvaston Castle. The weekend will be a fantastic event for Derby and we’re delighted to announce that admission is free.

You’ll be able to get drinks and food as well as take a tour of Elvaston Castle

Ruth said: “Our last event brought in over 8000 people in one day and we really want this to be a huge success for Derby.

“Elvaston Castle is one of the most beautiful places in England and is set amidst 321 acres of glorious Derbyshire countryside.

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“What’s not to like? It’s even free to enter.”

The event starts at 10.30am on both days and runs until 4.30pm.