One of the stars of TV’s Dragons’ Den series will be demonstrating different ways of using his winning spicy sauce at this year’s Derbyshire Food Fair.

Levi Roots, the creator of Reggae Reggae Sauce, will be at the fair, held for the seventh year at Bolsover Castle on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May.

Levi’s sauce took off after he won over the dragons on the popular BBC2 programme where entrepreneurs present their ideas and ask for investment from a panel of successful business people.

He will be at the fair on Sunday and as well as demonstrating different ways to use the sauce, he will be signing his book and singing.

Another highlight for the Derbyshire County Council-run fair is the line-up of talented local chefs who will be giving cookery demonstrations over the weekend.

They are:

Chef and owner Max Fischer from Fischer’s of Baslow Hall
Head chef Richard Bloomfield from The Crown Inn, Marston Montgomery
Chef and owner Ralph Skripek from The Butler’s Pantry, Mickleover, Derby
Denise Tollyfield, senior demonstrator at Denby Pottery
John Roberts – head chef and owner of Bateman’s Mill, near Chesterfield
Celebrity chef James Tanner has already been confirmed in the line up for the fair and he will also be giving cookery demonstrations and tastings, as well as handing out useful tips and advice.

More than 12,500 people flocked to the Derbyshire Food Fair last year to sample food and drink from producers across the county and visit more than 100 stalls, attractions and crafts@thecastle.

Homemade wines, cheese, chutney, buffalo burgers and honey were just some of the tempting treats on offer to the crowds over the weekend.

To beat the queues on the day tickets for the fair, costing £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for concessions, are already on sale at Bolsover Castle. People will also be able to buy tickets on the day.

The fair will act as a launch pad for the week-long Derbyshire Food Festival which runs from Saturday 17 May to Bank Holiday Monday 26 May.

The festival, organised by the county council, will see dozens of restaurants, cafes, shops and food producers across the county holding events organised to mark festival week.

These will include taste-testing sessions, cookery demonstrations, tours, Derbyshire-sourced menus, competitions and talks.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration Councillor Geoff Carlile said:

“We are very excited by the line up at this year’s food and drink fair which we think’s the best yet.

“As well as James Tanner we have an impressive list of local top chefs showing off their culinary skills, and it will be great fun to see Levi Roots showcasing his sauce and singing as well.”

He added:

“The county council is very proud to be organising the fair and the festival again this year and we are confident both will prove as popular as ever and act as a great showcase for locally produced food and drink.”

A 2008 Derbyshire Food and Drink Guide will be available towards the end of this month, detailing food and drink establishments in the county and what events they have organised during the festival week.

For more details about the fair or securing a stall contact Derbyshire County Council international/tourism officer Steph Walsh on 01629 585964 for more details or email sephanie.walsh@derbyshire.gov.uk.