THOUSANDS of people lined the streets for this year’s Taste Cumbria Food Festival.
An estimated 15,000 people hit the small market town of Ulverston to eat, drink and bask in the spring sunshine at the Taste Cumbria Ulverston Food Festival at the weekend.
Exceeding last year’s total of 10,000 visitors, this year’s event welcomed an even bigger footfall, with several traders selling out of their produce.
This is the second time Taste Cumbria has looked to Ulverston for the festival which is organised by CN Events in association with Cumbria Life magazine.
The event also welcomed the backing of South Lakeland District Council and Ulverston Town Council.
This year’s festival welcomed almost 50 traders selling all things foodie, from chutneys and china to beer and wild boar.
Poppy Fisher, business development manager at The Lakes Distillery, was thrilled by the outcome.
She said: “We did fantastically well and the weather was amazing as well. We took more than £4,000 which is incredible for us – usually we take about £2,000 at these sorts of festivals.
“Everyone seemed to have a great time and it was a really successful event.”
Gareth Kemble, owner of Carvetii Coffee, added: “It was very good and I really enjoyed coming down. The weather was good and the crowds were great.
“We came along and had a coffee stand and did a demonstration and everyone was really good for that. I liked the concept of this festival.
“It was spread nicely throughout the town which I thought worked really well.”
The event also hosted a range of children’s activities, organised by the team from Ford Park in Ulverston, an ale trail, planned out by the Furness branch of Camra, and a host of live demonstrations by food and drink experts from across the county.
Marie Whitehead, director of CN Events, which organises the Taste Cumbria festivals, said: “It’s been an amazing weekend. It was fantastic to see so many people out on the streets – they just kept coming!
“The weather really made Ulverston the place to be this weekend. It was T-shirts all round on Saturday and, after a cloudy start on Sunday, we had a beautifully sunny afternoon. That certainly boosted the beer and ice cream sales, with some of the biggest queues at the hot food stands as people enjoyed an al fresco lunch.
“The experts’ demos were hugely popular, and several of the traders said they had sold out completely by Sunday night. Others had a really easy job of packing up because they had so little stock to take home with them.
“Thank you so much to everyone who visited, and to the town’s businesses for getting involved and being so welcoming to everyone.
“Thanks also to all our traders, chefs and experts who make Taste Cumbria so successful. This was the first Taste Cumbria event of this year – we can’t wait for the next ones!”
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