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Taste of Cumbria hailed as one of best food festivals in UK

Thousands of people from across the country descended on Cockermouth at the weekend for the Taste Cumbria event.

Headlined by TV chef duo The Hairy Bikers, more than 20,000 people were in the town on Saturday and Sunday for the food festival, named as one of the best in the country by The Guardian.

Demonstrations, masterclasses, a market and live music were on the menu at the event, organised by West Cumbria Tourism and SK Events, of Liverpool.

The Hairy Bikers - Dave Myers and Si King - could have filled Christ Church at least four times over for their two shows on Saturday, which were a mix of cooking and quips.

Dave, from Barrow, said: “The county has such a great heritage of food and an event like this is very important for Cockermouth and the county as a whole.”

As well as the market, which featured local food producers and businesses, the Memorial Gardens was the venue for traders with the centrepiece the beer and bangers marquee, featuring Cockermouth brewers Jennings, Workington outfit Michael Krause and other local breweries.

Don Hunt, sales and marketing co-ordinator for the Lake District Cheese Company in Aspatria, which had a stall on the Memorial Gardens, said: “It is the first time we have come to the festival. It has been fantastic.

“It was a fantastic idea to have something like this. I feel there should be more of them.”

Keswick chef Peter Sidwell attended the festival - opened by town mayor Christine Smith - with his wife Emma and daughter Poppy.

He said: “It is nice to see everybody about in town. There has been a good atmosphere.

“The weather has helped bring people out and it is good to see something like this happen here because it can sometimes get overshadowed by other things in the Lake District.”

Rod Erlston, 69, of Broughton Park, Great Broughton, said: “It is our first visit to the festival, it is something a bit different and great for the town.”

Have your say

great festival, just 2 things.
1 what were wrist bands for?
2. 45 minute wait for bus for park & ride - unacceptable

Posted by peter on 27 September 2011 at 11:05

My family and I enjoyed this second great festival, with perfect weather again. Lots of great stalls and demos. Had a go at Malaysian cooking with Norman Musa in a yurt on the memorial gardens. Brilliant to see Cockermouth brimming full of locals and tourists. A showcase festival of all that is good and great about Cumbrian food. Long may it last!

Posted by Liz on 27 September 2011 at 08:48

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