Food business

Food premises registration 

Any one starting a new food business (including storing, selling, distributing or preparing food) must register with the Council at least 28 days before doing so. For further information contact 0845 129 7777 or 01298 28400

Food hygiene courses 

Anyone who handles open food should be trained in food hygiene principles. The Council offers businesses training in the nationally accredited foundation in food hygiene. Training courses are held at various times throughout the year and costs £45 per person (discounts available for larger bookings). For further information and to book your place on a course contact Tel: 0845 129 7777 or 01298 28400 or E-mail:

Support organisations

East Midlands Fine Food (EMFF) is one of seven regional food groups set up throughout the UK to support speciality food and drink producers and local food initiatives.  Covering the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, EMFF has been managed and delivered by The Food and Drink Forum since its launch in 2003.

Services include advising businesses on how to make the most of exhibiting at food and drink consumer events and trade fairs; Running a monthly regional and speciality food and drink market in Nottingham’s Old Market Square; Organising ‘Meet the Buyer’ events to bring producers and retailers together and raising the profile of East Midlands-produced food.

All East Midlands Fine Foods enquiries should be directed to The Food and Drink Forum office on 0115 975 8810 or email

Extending the Season is a programme to further develop the tourist season in the Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Staffordshire Moorlands and East Staffordshire.

It includes a project to develop and promote local food products (and their supply chains); boost business for local food suppliers and tourism by increasing the availability and consumption of local food products at tourist destinations and encourage collaboration within the local food and drink sector.

For more information contact Dr Liz Oldfield. Tel: 01332 594 694 E-mail:

Peak District food

Peak District Cuisine encourages Peak District Chefs to use local produce through the 'Peak District Cuisine' branding to display on their menus and publications, to let customers know that they are proud to use local produce. Any pub, hotel, restaurant or B&B in the Peak District can take part in the project and apply for branding for dishes on their menu as long as the main ingredients are grown or locally produced in the Peak District.

Food outlets

The Great Peak District Fair is a combination of produce market, cultural activity, tourism promotion and trade fair at the geographical centre of the Peak District, which takes place annually in October at Pavilion Gardens.

Businesses wishing to exhibit at the event should contact Pavilion Gardens on 01298 23114 or email

Markets offer an outlet for fledgling food businesses and there are a network of traditional markets in many of the market towns throughout the area, plus specialist markets in Glossop (Local Produce Market), plus Farmers Markets in Castleton, Buxton and Whaley Bridge. Visit the markets section to discover more.

Last updated: 30th January 2014

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