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Pots and food from 90 exhibitors make festival biggest ever

Added on: 8th September, 2017 by

Pots and food from 90 exhibitors make festival biggest ever

Wardlow Mires Pottery and Food Festival

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Fri, 8 September 2017

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More than 90 of the most renown makers and exhibitors from Britain and further afield will showcase their work at the sixth Wardlow Mires Pottery and Food Festival this weekend.

The popular festival, which has become a must attend in the ceramics industry calendar, takes place on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10 at Wardlow near Tideswell.

The unique festival, in its sixth year, attracts some of the most renowned makers across the UK, offering visitors the chance to meet and talk to established and up and coming national and international pottery makers and quality food purveyors.

Organiser and Derbyshire potter Pat Fuller said: “This is a unique event which brings together fine foods and pottery from some of the most renowned makers in Britain as well as from further afield.

“As well as our regulars, many of whom have been coming for the last five years, it is always our pleasure to introduce more recent makers to our craft, whose work and names people may not be so familiar with, but whose individual styles serve to enlarge and enrich the whole show.

“There will also be a large selection of hot and cold foods to choose from, both to eat while at the event and to take home.

“Since we started this festival, I have talked about why I think using handmade pottery when serving food adds so much to the overall enjoyment and now here we are, finding ourselves putting together the 6th Pottery and Food Festival. How time flies!

“For those of you who have visited either our show or one of the many regional shows that take place throughout the year, you will not need me to tell you the pleasure one gets from owning – treasuring, even – beautiful handmade pottery.

“If you are anything like me, you will also remember where and when you bought the pieces and the pleasure you had in talking to the makers. For newcomers, I should perhaps warn you that it can become an obsession – a wonderful obsession but obsession, nonetheless.

“So, come and enjoy the show, enjoy the pots, enjoy the feast!”

Back for 2017 will be "Into the Garden" with pots and planters on sale to enhance gardens while other exhibitors include Jack Blackburn’s Pots from France, Rob Law’s Brampton Saltglaze and Top Pot Supplies will also attend alongside pewter designer and silversmith Keith Tyssen, Clair Lake and her glassware and Neil Trinder with his woodworking and cabinet making.

Food producers exhibiting are Ash Gate Preserves, Bean Hill Farm, Chocolates of the Peak, Julie’s Pickles and Preserves, Madhatter's Cider, Ooh La La Crepes, S Allwood & Son, Stewarts of Trent Bridge, Sweet Emily, The Three Stags' Beer Tent, Stella’s Kitchen, Staffordshire Savoury Eggs and The Sunshine Pizza Oven.

As well as goods to buy there is also the chance to adopt a potter, decorate and glaze a Raku pot with Chris Jensen and dig out your blunt blades for knife sharpener Andy Knives.

A Celebration of the Table takes place in Wardlow on the B6465, and runs from 10am until 5pm on Saturday September 9 and 10am until 4pm on Sunday September 10. Last entry is one hour before closing time.

Tickets cost £5 each on the gate (free for children under 16), or pre-order online for £3.50, and parking is free.

For further details contact The Three Stags' Heads on 01298 872268 or visit to pre-book tickets and view a full list of exhibitors.

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