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Taste Cumbria Christmas festival 2019

From mulled wine and mince pies, to festive fizz and fancy cakes, all the flavours of the season will be on offer in Cockermouth at the 2019 Taste Cumbria Christmas festival.

The event takes place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December and promises to offer the perfect opportunity to eat, drink, shop and explore.

It is organised in association with Taste Cumbria magazine and Cumbria Life.

Throughout the two days of the festival weekend, there will be a giant producers’ market with 60 stalls, a hot food court with meals and snacks, and a bar packed with ales and fizz. There will also be plenty of family activities and festive entertainment, with a fairground and Christmassy arts and crafts.

Festival organiser Anna Chippendale of CN Events, says: “What makes Taste Cumbria Christmas extra special is Cockermouth itself. We reckon this town has the loveliest Christmas lights in the county, and when all the shops put candle lanterns outside their doors and dress their windows with colour and light, it’s just beautiful.

“If you love food and drink, and fancy the chance to do some great festive shopping, Taste Cumbria Christmas is the place to be.”

Now firmly established as the biggest and, arguably, the best foodie events in Cumbria, Taste Cumbria began in Cockermouth, a traditional market town renowned for its wealth of independent businesses. The festival was created following the floods of 2009 with the aim of revitalising Cockermouth and West Cumbria, areas which suffered terrible damage in the November storms.

Ironically, the first Taste Cumbria Christmas event took place in December 2015, just a week after Cockermouth was hit by Storm Desmond and flooded once again. Local retailers and the owners of the pubs and restaurants pushed for the festival to go ahead to keep the town on the map and to ensure locals and visitors alike knew it was open for business. Since then, the event has attracted thousands of people who come to do their Christmas shopping and explore the town.

To book a traders stall email carrie.buchanan@newsquest.co.uk or call 01228 612000.