About us

About us

Taste the Seasons is the award-winning magazine working to raise the profile of food and drink in Derbyshire.

It was awarded the Magazine of the Year title in the Midlands Media Awards 2013 and was highly commended a year later.

Our county has a wealth of fantastic foodie firms – whether you’re looking to eat out at the many fine pubs and restaurants or to buy your own locally-produced goodies from the farm shops and delis.

From award-winning meat pies to cute cupcakes and locally-brewed real ales, everything your palate could possibly desire is right here in Derbyshire.

You just need to know where to look – and that’s where we’re here to help.

Taste the Seasons contains a wealth of information to tempt the taste buds, both in the quarterly magazine and on the website.

We want to champion seasonal, locally-produced, fresh, organic, healthy food from this beautiful county.

And by pointing people in the right direction, we aim to help Derbyshire’s food and drink businesses, too.

Andy Darlington, editor of Taste the SeasonsAbout the editor

Andy Darlington has lived in Derbyshire all his life and has been a journalist since 1994.

After starting as a cub reporter at the Belper News, he progressed to the Matlock Mercury, Derby Telegraph and Nottingham Post, picking up a string of awards on the way.

Andy waved goodbye to newspapers at the start of 2011 to launch Taste the Seasons.

He is passionate about locally-produced food and drink, as is his waistline, sadly. His idol is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – though he draws the line at eating slugs and woodlice.

When not writing, eating and drinking, Andy can be found cheering on Derby County FC or Belper Town FC – both clubs with excellent pies.