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Cumbria food and drink celebration draws in the crowds
A showcase of all that is great about food and drink in Cumbria drew in the crowds this Easter weekend.
Food and drink producers from across the county were represented at the three-day Taste Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale festival, which ended on Easter Sunday.
It was busy in Market Square with more than 40 stalls and visitors travelling from across the area.
The Taste Cumbria festivals are organised by Carlisle-based CN Events in association with Cumbria Life magazine.
Event organiser Mandy Norwood of CN Events said: “It has been an absolute pleasure bringing Taste Cumbria to Kirkby Lonsdale. The local people and businesses have been so welcoming and it’s great to see how many of them have set up stalls in the producers’ markets.
“The feedback from visitors has been lovely. People really appreciate quality local food and drink and that becomes more evident with every festival we do.
“This has been a brilliant launch for Taste Cumbria in 2017 and I’m really looking forward to Ulverston at the end of May, then Whitehaven and Cockermouth later in the year. These events just get better and better.”
Thomas Marshall of The Fudge Bar is a regular at all the Taste Cumbria events across the county, usually with his twin boys, Thomas and Tyrone, in tow.
He said: “We’ve had a great response from customers as usual. A lot of people are here for the weekend.
“It’s so important that local independent businesses do well and it’s great to see so many people supporting these festivals in Cumbria.”
Taste Cumbria Ulverston in May
It will be foodie heaven in Ulverston over the Spring Bank holiday weekend in May when Taste Cumbria returns for another fabulous festival.
Taste Cumbria Ulverston takes place on Saturday May 27 and Sunday 28 May. This is the fourth year that the market town has hosted the festival, which is supported by Ulverston Town Council.
Some 60 food and drink businesses from across the county will be selling and sampling their wares, with products ranging from cakes and chutney, to meat and cheese, as well as bread, vegetables, a boozy tipple or two, and homewares with a culinary theme.
Families can enjoy fun, foodie themed, hands-on children’s activities provided by our friends from Ford Park and there will be live demonstrations from some inspiring chefs and experts.
There will be a hot food and picnic area to find delicious treats from the finest producers and locally brewed beer.