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Taste Cumbria Food Fests
Taste Cumbria Food Festival is to be held September 27&28 2014 in Cockermouth

The 2013 event saw some 25,000 visitors enjoy the Festival. Celebs this year (2013) included Aldo Zilli and Paul Rankin

Main Street and Market Place were closed to traffic and a Park and Ride service operated by Reays from Mitchells auction site by the A66 roundabout .

Details of Saturday events
Details of Sunday events

An official new website with information on how to book tickets is now online.

Chefs galore after one of the Celeb shows in 2012....

In 2012 Cockermouth, overlooked by the Lake District mountains, was the Food Fest venue in 2012. The town with its Georgian streets and ancient castle attracted thousands to its cookery demonstrations and food experiences. For accommodation options ....
The Taste Cumbria events will all be free, apart from performances by Celebrity Chefs at Mitchell's furniture auction hall. Part of the festival 2012 was a French market in the Market Place with traders visiting from Cockermouth's twin town of Marvejols. Jennings Brewery also provided a CAMRA beer festival within the overall Festival. There was a £5 park and ride from Mitchells auction (by the A66 roundabout).Saturday proved a huge success as the weather stayed dry but Sunday in 2012 was somewhat of a washout .

In 2011, the Festival was headlined by TV chef duo The Hairy Bikers. More than 20,000 people were in the town on Saturday and Sunday (September 24-25 2011) for the food festival, named as one of the best in the country by The Guardian.

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.
Hairy Bikers in Cockermouth


The Fest in 2010

A weekend of mouth watering menus was held at the first ever Taste Cumbria Food Festival in Cockermouth in September (25th-26th) 2010.

The festival managed to attract three big names from the world of cooking – Antony Worrall Thompson, Aldo Zilli and John Torode – who all gave demonstrations in the 200-seat celebrity cookery theatre on Saturday. Now preparations are in hand for the 2011 Fest with top chefs demonstrating at various venues across this beautiful North Lakeland market town.

The showpiece of the 2010 festival was Saturday's 'Open Dining' event, where for one day Cockermouth becomes a huge, open-air food court!

Taste Cumbria Event Website
With funding secured for three years, organisers are keen to begin planning next year’s event to make it even bigger and better.


Cockermouth Food Festival 2010
Antony Worrell Thompson at the 2010 Fest