Lots of laughs and a little fine dining are being planned to enhance the experience for visitors to this year’s Taste Cumbria Ulverston event.
The popular food festival returns to the town on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.
On Friday, May 26, The Hoad - the town’s famous landmark - will play host to a Michelin-starred pop-up restaurant. Kevin Tickle of The Forest Side in Grasmere will cook for just 10 guests, giving them an exclusive dining experience.
On Saturday night, the team behind Another Fine Fest, Ulverston’s annual multi-arts and music festival, will be hosting an open mic competition at the Laurel and Hardy Museum.
Festival organiser, Anna Lyttle of CN Events, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to put Taste Cumbria on the map and this year is no exception.
“Using The Hoad as a pop-up restaurant is really exciting - we think this is the first time it’s been done. It’s great that Kevin is up for the challenge – and who wouldn’t want to eat the food of a Michelin-starred chef in such an iconic location.”
Though numbers will be limited this year, it is hoped this will prove to be a showcase for the festival with a full-blown pop-up restaurant at next year’s Taste Cumbria Ulverston event.
Kevin says: “I love a new challenge so cooking in such a unique location is going to be fantastic. We know we can do something very special and the fact this will just be the start of some new and special Taste Cumbria pop-up restaurants in Ulverston is incredibly exciting for all my team.”
Dave Crossley, organiser of Another Fine Fest, added: “It’s great that we are able to offer some Saturday evening entertainment for the large crowds here for Taste Cumbria.
“Our comedy competition, which is open to all, will seek the latest and hottest act on the comedy scene with the winner bagging a paid slot at Planet Mirth, Ulverston’s only regular comedy club, as well as a support slot at our evening with Canadian comedy legend Tony Law on Friday, June 16.
Taste Cumbria Ulverston, held in association with Cumbria Life, has proved a popular addition to Ulverston’s festival calendar. This is the fourth year of the event and it now attracts around 15,000 visitors each year. This year’s event, which is again supported by Ulverston Town Council, promises to be just as appetising, with around 60 traders in the producers’ market.
The event will also feature a chefs’ demonstration stage outside the Laurel and Hardy museum on Brogden Street, a picnic area and themed arts and crafts for young visitors to the festival.
There are a few trade stand spaces left for food and drink producers. For more details, visit www.tastecumbria.com or call 01228 612000.
Guest tickets for Another Fine Fest’s open mic competition cost £5 and are available on the door or in advance at facebook.com/anotherfinefest. Entry is free for those willing to take to the stage.