Taste Cumbria Food Fest
Taste Cumbria Food Festival is to be held September 27 & 28 2014 in Cockermouth
Simon Rogan, the Cumbrian chef, will be the top attraction at Taste
Cumbria 2014, the countys biggest food festival. He will be
leaving his newest venture at Claridges in London to come to
Cockermouth and host the festivals pop-up restaurant, serving
the fine dining from his famed Michelin-starred restaurant, LEnclume
in Cartmel. Simons pop-up restaurants at the 2103 Taste Cumbria
festival sold out in a matter of days and are expected to be equally
as popular this year.
Organised by CN Events, the 2014 Taste Cumbria festival starts on
Friday 26 September with a beer festival and comedy night. Then, on
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September, there will be a packed weekend
of masterclasses, demonstrations and Grub Club family activities,
as well as a Produce Market with around 100 stalls offering tastings,
shopping and foodie activities. Many of the independent businesses
in Cockermouth also join in the event, offering special offers, samples
and competitions with a food and drink theme. Peter Sidwell will be
coming to the event, which takes place on 27 and 28 September, fresh
from the launch of his new cookery school at Rheged, near Penrith,
where he is also Executive Chef. He'll be performing demonstrations
on the food festival's main stage, as well as hosting two masterclasses.
He'll also be joined by more great Cumbrian names over the course
of the weekend. Ryan Blackburn of The Old Stamp House in Ambleside,
Stephen Doherty, formerly of The Savoy and Le Gavroche, who now runs
the First Floor café in Windermere and Mark Teasdale of Sharrow
Bay will all being doing demonstrations. They'll be joined by Scott
Fairweather of the Punchbowl at Crosthwaite and Luke Whittle from
the Sun at Kirby Lonsdale who will compete in a Ready Steady Taste
'cook off', Nick Lawler of Winder Hall who will be hosting children-focused
Grub Club demos, and Gary McLure of Made in Cumbria, who will be championing
the county's world famous ingredients.
The 2014 festival has been funded by generous financial assistance from Allerdale Borough Council, Cockermouth Town Council, Cumbria Tourism, the Trout Hotel, Jennings Brewery, Caterite and The Coffee Kitchen in Cockermouth, the new Lakes Distillery and innovation and technology giant Westinghouse.
Tickets for the Taste Cumbria pop-up restaurant and the events at the Trout Hotel are on sale now.
Food producers, traders and suppliers who would like to book traders pitches should call 01228 612000.
An official new website with information is now online.
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.
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. See
images on Facebook.
Fest in 2010
showpiece of the 2010 festival was Saturday's 'Open Dining' event, where
for one day Cockermouth becomes a huge, open-air food court!
Antony Worrell Thompson at the 2010 Fest