VIDEO: ‘Queen of Cakes’ a tasty treat as Chatsworth country fair opens

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Britain’s biggest and best country fair started with a bang – when the cannons of the Royal Artillery boomed out across Chatsworth.

The most important date in the stately home’s calendar was officially launched by a salute from the regiment’s King’s Troop, which will be putting on displays all this weekend.

Chatsworth Country Fair at Chatsworth House. Food writer Mary Berry does a cookery demonstration in the cookery theatre.

Chatsworth Country Fair at Chatsworth House. Food writer Mary Berry does a cookery demonstration in the cookery theatre.

Thousands were welcomed through the gates as the event was opened by the fair’s president, Lord Coe.

Mary Berry, from The Great British Bake-Off, was one of the first day’s biggest attractions, as she put on demonstrations of her culinary skills in the dedicated food village.

She said: “Chatsworth is such a lovely estate and I am thrilled to be back.

“I visited the farm shop several years ago because they stocked my range of salad dressings and sauces. It is a wonderful farm shop with so much locally-produced food.”

Chatsworth Country Fair at Chatsworth House. Members of the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band prepare for their display.

Chatsworth Country Fair at Chatsworth House. Members of the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band prepare for their display.

In her demonstration Mary made a salmon terrine, followed by steak with wild mushroom sauce and hazelnut and raspberry roulade.

Later JCB Dancing Diggers delighted crowds around the main area, again an attraction that will be busy throughout the three-day event.

Chatsworth’s head of customer services and marketing, Sally Hogg, said the weather was glorious and conditions were perfect.

“There is a nice number of people here, in that it is not ridiculously busy,” she said.

“We’re expecting Sunday to be the busiest day as big crowds are bound to come out to see the display by the Red Arrows at lunchtime.

“This is a huge event for us, the highlight of the year in many ways, but we always enjoy working to put it on.

“It’s a really fantastic way to showcase everything that we do and everything that’s happening in the countryside around us.”

Other first day highlights included gun dog trials, rifle displays, ferret races, archery contests and food tasting sessions.

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