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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Top chef Simon Rogan will pop up at Cumbrian festival

Simon Rogan will be the star attraction at a showcase of Cumbria’s finest food.

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Simon Rogan

The county’s most famous chef today said he can’t wait for the event as details of the fifth Taste Cumbria festival were revealed.

About 30,000 people attended last year’s festival – with economic experts estimating the showcase’s worth to the county at £1.9m.

Michelin-starred Rogan will be leaving his newest prestigious venture, at Claridge’s in London, to travel to Cockermouth to host the September festival’s pop-up restaurant.

He said: “I can’t wait to get back to Taste Cumbria.

“It’s been a mad few months in my business but there was no way I was going to miss it.

“I love the challenge of cooking in that pop-up environment and bringing my style of dining to new and different audiences.

“We’re rightly proud of our produce and the talent within our hospitality business in Cumbria. Taste Cumbria is an event that no food lover should miss.”

Rogan is one of the most high-profile champions of Cumbrian produce and has seen his star rise rapidly through his L’Enclume, Rogan and Co and the Pig and Whistle ventures in Cartmel, south Cumbria.

Taste Cumbria is the county’s biggest food festival. It was set up to revive Cockermouth in the wake of the 2009 floods and has proved to be the premier place for farmers, food producers and chefs to showcase their skills.

This year there will be more than 100 market stalls, as well as masterclasses, demonstrations and the Grub Club, which encourages children to cook.

The festival is being organised by CN Events, part of the News & Star’s parent company CN Group.

Nick Lawler, owner of Winder Country House Hotel, near Cockermouth, is chairman of the Taste Cumbria steering group.

He said: “If you’ve never been to Taste Cumbria, this is the year to do it.

“We are hugely privileged to have persuaded Simon Rogan to come back. Who knows, next year he will have taken over the world and won’t be able to squeeze us in.

“You’ll also see more Cumbrian producers, chefs and food and drink experts than ever before, all in one place. It’s lining up to be a mouth-wateringly good festival.”

Allerdale Council leader Alan Smith said the worth of the festival to the area cannot be underestimated and is pleased the authority has stepped in as the main funder when other organisations pulled out.

He added: “It’s a brilliant thing to be involved in.”

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