Peaks village food project is ‘an inspiration’

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A FOOD project set up in a Peak District village with a £400,000 grant will be an ‘inspiration’ to communities across the country when it stars in an upcoming BBC television series, a Lottery chief has said.

Taste Tideswell has been running for a year, featuring initiatives such as a cookery school and a food festival which attracted over 2,000 visitors.

It was launched with the help of the Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS scheme, which aims to revive rural communities. It is one of six featured in Village SOS on BBC1 this summer.

Taste Tideswell’s School of Food includes a commercial kitchen available for hire to businesses, plus a small brewery which runs courses taught by master brewer Zane Barnes.

Big Lottery Fund chief executive Peter Wanless said: “Tideswell will be an inspiration to all kinds of communities across the country who will see what they might also be able to achieve.

“It has been fantastic to watch the Village SOS projects progress from concept to reality. Taste Tideswell was one of the first businesses to launch. I can understand why it has attracted so much praise.”