We love our food festivals in Cumbria and the Lake District and the popularity of them continues to grow. Local produce now features heavily in the agricultural shows in the region and any excuse to eat some of it freshly prepared is taken.
But over the weekends of February 28th and March 1st and March 7th and 8th it is pure, unadulterated food that is being celebrated. Firstly on the 28th and 1st it’s the Dalemain Marmalade Awards celebrating its 10 anniversary no less at Dalemain Historic House near Penrith. Marmalade and the various classes of the awards dominate the event but the festival is also a celebration of Cumbrian and other neighbouring regions artisan produce. The who’s who of the marmalade world will be attending and even tea tasting by Fortnum and Mason. Entry is just £4.50 but this goes to supporting the extremely worthwhile charity of Hospice at Home.
5 days off should then make you hungry for more with the Kendal Food Festival being held the weekend after, March 7th and 8th. North country food takes over the whole town, lines all the streets, food outlets will be doing special dishes and offers and even cookery demonstrations and restaurant pop ups. Highlights include Jay Rayner at The Brewery, chefs Marcus Bean and Stefan Gates will be doing demos, various food and drink tastings and workshops and the chance to meet farmers and other local producers. And above all of that there will be food and drink galore to devour walking around and to purchase and the very popular and resident part of the festival each year, the beer festival held in The Vats Bar at The Brewery. New this year will be the Drinks Village in Wainwright’s Yard. Cumbria now is becoming well known for its beverages where of course real and craft ales feature highly but also the vodka and gin production in the region.
Top tips when attending Kendal Food Festival:
Make sure you have the strength to carry all the food you’re not doubt going to purchase
Purchase the weekend festival wristband if you’re going on Saturday as you won’t be able to resist going back on Sunday too
It’s the Cumbria Live Beer Week this week. Cumbrian Live is the essential Lake District and Cumbria events guide listing what’s on, what’s to do, event reviews, eating out and music. In various articles during the week, Cumbria Live will cover everything from pub walks to eating out, micro breweries and celebration of beer.
We love our pubs and inns in the Lake District and Cumbria and so do the visitors to the county and national park. It really is no wonder with some of the best examples within the UK and such a choice too. From a good old local like The Golden Rule in Ambleside to gastro heaven at The Punchbowl at Crosthwaite, thousands flock to sample real ale with real food in real atmospheres.
But it’s the direct link and association with walking that makes Lake District pubs and inns so special. Be it the thought of a refreshing pint at the end of a summer walk or longing for warmth from a roaring fire and a tattie pot after a winter fell experience, it’s the pub that is the pinnacle of the day.
With pubs still playing a huge part as being the centre of many small, remote communities in the Lake District and Cumbria it’s no wonder there’s some amazing walks to be had in and around so many of them.
The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is a prime example. Walks galore litter the area surrounding the inn and despite being a tourist hot spot in the summer, is still a popular place for a pint with locals. You can find many walks online that actually start from the pub and of course, these are always circular meaning Cuckoo Brow is there for refreshments at the end, the most important time! Local ales rule the roost and the 20 mile menu of locally sourced produce including daily specials has gained this inn a foodie following. Walkers are more importantly very welcome at this inn as mentioned in a Guardian Travel article once “You know what you want from a Lake District pub: roaring fires, good beer, hearty food and a blind eye turned to muddy dogs and boots.” The 14 bedrooms round off the package. Rooms start at £72 b&b based on 2 sharing. http://www.cuckoobrow.co.uk