The final plans are in place for the first Taste Cumbria Christmas festival which will bring foodie heaven to Ulverston on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December.
There will be activities taking place throughout the town and visitors of all ages will have the chance to eat, drink and be merry, and pick up everything they need for Christmas.
Aside from a packed foodie market, the event will see family activities like a giant snow globe, Santa’s grotto, street theatre and live music, the launch of a new beer and a series of community talks, as well as a treasure hunt with a £250 cash prize.
This giant history trail encourages visitors to find hidden letters in the windows of 57 businesses across Ulverston. Maps are available from all participating shops, as well as the library and Ulverston Brewing Company.
Organiser Anita Garnett, who is Director of the Ulverston Brewing Company, says it was a great opportunity to show visitors parts of the town they may not have noticed before. She added: “We wanted to get people looking down the little ginnels to find the shops off the main thoroughfares and to notice what all those businesses have on offer.”
The Ulverston Brewing Company will also launch a new beer at the Taste Cumbria Christmas event. The brew, named To Hell and Back, will support a crazy challenge by Paul Dewar, landlord of the Laurel and Hardy pub in Ulverston. He is planning to cycle 130 miles a day for 10 days, then swim the length of Windermere, and complete 10 back-to-back marathons, all in aid of the Brathay Trust.
The festival will also see the launch of some themed historical talks about Ulverston landmarks. On Saturday 5 December, visitors will be able to relax at the Coronation Hall between 1pm and 3pm for the first of these talks. Tickets cost £5 and include free food and mulled wine.
For those coming to Ulverston purely for the food, there will be more than 30 stalls for them to browse, selling everything from meat and cakes, to boozy treats and gifts for the table. The Market Hall will also be open on both days, along with shops throughout the town, so visitors will have the chance to buy everything they want for the festive season.
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Festival organiser Marie Whitehead, Director of CN Events, said: “We are so pleased that we are able to extend the Taste Cumbria festivals into the Christmas season. Our main events in Ulverston in May and Cockermouth in September are growing every year and that shows the passion there is for the fantastic food and drink this county has to offer.”
There’s a second Taste Cumbria Christmas festival in Cockermouth the following weekend. The fun will start with the Cockermouth by Candlelight evening on Friday 11 December, which will see a lantern parade, late night shopping and lots of street entertainment including, Santa’s sleigh drawn by real reindeer, snow machines and bands and singers. The Taste Cumbria market will take place all day on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 December, on Main Street, and feature dozens of producers’ stalls, a beer tent, fairground rides and children’s crafty activities.
The Taste Cumbria Christmas festivals build on the success of the main Taste Cumbria events and pop-up food villages, which are organised in association with Cumbria Life magazine.
Food producers, traders and suppliers who would like to book market pitches should call 01228 612000.