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
The Lakeland Cottage Company have holiday cottages handy for both Dalemain and for access to Kendal town centre. Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk for more details and availability.