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Sausage eating competition as Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire stages party for customers to celebrate its 10th birthday

Fancy winning a free kilo of sausages every month for a year? That’s the prize on offer from Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire as part of the celebrations to mark its 10th anniversary.

All you have to do is eat as many sausages as you can in one minute….faster than anyone else.

The sausage-eating contest is just one event taking place at the farm shop near Duffield on Saturday 23rd June to mark ten years since it first launched.

Croots has organised a range of entertainment for all the family, including sampling sessions, music, competitions and a licensed bar.

Among the attractions will be a ‘meet and greet’ with Great British Bake Off star Val Stones, who is the sister of farm shop owner Steve Croot. Steve and wife Kay run the farm shop at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road – the home of Kay’s parents Jim and Sue Yates.

They first opened the doors of Croots in June 2008 and since then it has gone from strength to strength …expanding, extending its café, introducing additional ranges and running a variety of events. It has also added a playground and extra car parking to cater for demand.

It is now regarded as one of Derbyshire’s best and most popular farm shops, having won a string of national, regional and local awards – including many awards for its bangers!

“The last ten years have flown by, and we are so grateful to our hard-working staff, the fantastic producers who supply us with a wonderful array of food and drink, and our very loyal customers who have supported us as Croots Farm Shop has grown,” said Steve Croot. “We opened Croots just as the recession hit, although of course we had been planning the shop and café for a while before then. Fortunately, we had some great support from the people of Derbyshire from day one and we are delighted to now be celebrating our tenth anniversary.”

As well as the party, which runs from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday 23rd June with free entry, Croots is also planning to mark the birthday with ten offers over ten days, along with other price reductions and promotions.

The party will include a BBQ, a gin demonstration and tasting, Tollgate Brewery running the bar, the sausage-eating competition, a cake table, a bouncy castle, face painting and competitions, live music, meet the Shire Horses, with mini high teas also available. There will be the chance to meet Great British Bake Off star Val Stones, who will be there in the morning, as well as chat to Steve and Kay about life on a farm and running a farm shop.

Anyone wishing to enter the sausage-eating contest needs to register in advance with the shop, and 20 people will be randomly selected to take part. There will be two heats in the morning, one at 11.30am and 12.00pm, with a final at 2.30pm The winner will receive a free kilo of Croots sausages a month for a year.

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