Bolsover, home of the fairytale 12th Century Bolsover Castle, will stage a two day food and drink extravaganza on 26 and 27 July.

Market stalls and marquees bursting with tasty morsels from all over the region, will fill the streets of this North East Derbyshire town.

World renowned beer guru Roger Protz is confirmed as headliner.  The famed editor of the Good Beer Guide will host a master class, providing tasting notes on some of the region’s best ales, including micro brewery beers as well as the better known producers like Bakewell’s Thornbridge Brewery.

Protz has written 20 books about beer, and regularly presents at the BBC Good Food Show.

“There are at least 30 brilliant breweries within a short distance from Bolsover, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be meeting some of them and tasting some of the local brews – I always love exploring beers I’ve never tasted before,” said Protz.

Jaquest Fine Foods, which has 44 Great Taste Awards to its name, is another confirmed exhibitor.  

The top class smoking skills of John Jaquest, who started the business 25 years ago, have become so sought-after, Jamie Oliver recruited his skills to build a DIY smoker on a recent show.

With its own smokehouse using methods refined over 25 years, Jaquest produces a range of mouth watering delicatessen products, including ‘Bolsover Smokies,’ using tantalising combinations of sea salt, raw cane sugar, beech and oak.

Visitors will get to taste a variety of Jaquest’s wares, including its famous chilli and garlic salami – The Beast.  Named after notorious Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner, The Beast has been praised by both David Cameron and George Osbourne when they visited a London food event.

The event will also showcase award winning producers, and feature children’s activities, tours, music, food workshops and demonstrations.

The festival is timed to coincide with Bolsover Castle’s ‘Masque’ event, when the town will be buzzing with historical activities.

Entry to Bolsover Food and Drink Festival is free.

Places to stay
•    Hotel Van Dyk, a luxury 4 star in the North East Derbyshire countryside.  Its 1 Rosette restaurant offers an elegant dining experience.  Visit, phone 01246 810 219.
•    Stone Croft Bed and Breakfast. The welcoming grade II listed building in the picturesque nearby village of Barlborough offers a 4 star breakfast and comfortable, stylish bedrooms. Visit, phone 01246 810974
•    If a city stay is more your scene, try the 4 star independent CASA hotel in nearby historic market town of Chesterfield, home of the crooked spire. Visit, phone 01246 245999.

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*The Discover Bolsover project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit


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