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Taste Cumbria Food Fest
Taste Cumbria Food Festival is to be held September 27 & 28 2014 in Cockermouth
Programmes for 2014 event now available at the Tourist Information Office, Kings Arms Lane.

Friday: 5pm – 9pm Beer Festival @ Jennings Brewery
Saturday & Sunday: Free Demonstrations on the Main Street:
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th:
10.00am - Chris Archer
11.00am - Stephen Doherty
12.00pm - Ryan Blackburn
1.00pm - Peter Sidwell
2.00pm - Ready Steady Taste
3.00pm - Mark Teasdale
4.00pm - Gary McClure

Taste Cumbria traffic management will be in place. Main Street will be two-way between the bottom of Station Street and Market Place. Station Street will also be two-way.

Simon Rogan, the Cumbrian chef, will be the top attraction at Taste Cumbria 2014, the county’s biggest food festival. He will be leaving his newest venture at Claridge’s in London to come to Cockermouth and host the festival’s pop-up restaurant,sadly Sold Out, but check official website for latest.

An official website with information is now online.

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, Jenning’s Brewery, Caterite and The Coffee Kitchen in Cockermouth, the new Lakes Distillery and innovation and technology giant Westinghouse.

An official new website with information is now online.

Media report on the plans for 2014 event
(The 2013 Taste Cumbria saw some 25,000 visitors enjoying the Celeb chef shows, street markets and demonstrations)

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