Our Social Aims
Tideswell School of Food is part of the wider Taste Tideswell project, a community led social enterprise that aims to stimulate the local economy through food education and food retail support.
As cookery schools are popping up all over the country you may think that Tideswell School of Food is simply jumping on the band wagon, but we're not like other cookery schools - although we are a professionally run establishment with superb facilities, we are part of the wider Taste Tideswell project, a community led social enterprise that strives to revive the local economy by employing local people, supporting the local retailers and providing food education to people of all ages.
We are passionate about sharing our knowledge of food, cookery and growing your own produce. That's why we employ an Education Officer to engage with school children from Key Stage 1 & 2 all the way through to A-level at Key Stage 5. Our education programme is designed to cover all areas of the National Curriculum and with our flexible approach; we can design workshops to meet your curriculum objectives. Find out more about our Education Programme here.
Supporting the local retailers
Where possible, Tideswell School of Food purchases all produce for our cookery courses from local food retailers. Our fruit, vegetables and herbs come from the village green grocer, Peaches. Our milk and dairy products are provided by Tideswell's Peak District Dairy. Our meat is from the catering butchers down the road in Eyam, Pursgloves. And our Fish and Game is provided by Buxton's fishmonger RG Morris and Son.
We hope that by supporting our local retailers we will help to revive the food economy in Tideswell and the surrounding areas.
The Community Kitchen Garden is the ‘GROW IT’ part of the Taste Tideswell project. It is an open access space for local people - anyone who may not have a garden, or would like to start growing but needs a confidence booster, or perhaps waiting for an allotment to become available. The garden is run by a group of volunteers from the village and new faces are always welcome to help with weeding, watering, planning, planting, feeding, and harvesting. The community garden is also used to support our education programme and courses at the Tideswell School of Food. Find out more about the Community Garden here.
The Taste Tideswell project and the Tideswell School of Food have been successfully running courses and supporting our local community since December 2010 and with your support we hope to continue to do so for years to come!
If you would like to learn more about the Taste Tideswell project and how the idea for the project was born, visit the Taste Tideswell website.
And if you would like even more reason to book a course at Tideswell School of Food, take a look at our Trip Advisor reviews here.
So remember, by booking a cookery course, corporate event or group booking at Tideswell School of Food, you are supporting the wider aims of the Taste Tideswell project - we thank you for that!