Taste Cumbria Cockermouth

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Taste Cockermouth 2019

Back for its 10th year, Allerdale Borough Council’s hugely popular Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth promises to be another mouthwatering event.

All day and into the evening of Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, with launch events on the Friday night, the town will be filled with food and music as the event will this year merge with the Northbound festival which features performances from some of the best local bands.

The main Taste Cumbria festival always includes a big producers’ market on Main Street with 80 stalls selling everything from bread and cheese to cakes and gin. The Taste Cumbria Demonstration Stage will also be based here with some fabulous food and drink experts showing off their skills.

New for 2019 will be a ‘makers’ market’ in Market Place to give smaller artisan businesses a place to showcase their wares. The organisers have decided to give this a broader flavour of what Cumbria has to offer, so there will be crafts, plants and homewares.

Market Place will also host a street party into the evening with food and drink businesses serving the likes of fresh pizza, authentic Italian and tasty British fare.

The hot food court will move to Memorial Gardens where live bands will entertain the visitors on the Northbound stage all day and into in the evening on the Friday and Saturday. Workington’s Tractor Shed Brewery will serve a host of local beers and ales. There will also be plenty of children’s activities and rides.

Ben Wilkinson, head chef at Cottage in the Wood in Whinlatter Forest, will host a very exclusive pop-up restaurant in a yet-to-be-revealed venue. Just 20 guests will be able to dine with him on the Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes.

Elsewhere in town, the businesses will be getting involved with tastings and special offers, while the pubs will host more musicians on Saturday night so the party can continue until late.

Add in a comedy show on the Friday, as well as a barbecue, prosecco bar, live music and a gin tasting masterclass being hosted by the Trout Hotel and this is shaping up to be another fabulous weekend.

It is 10 years since this event was created to boost footfall into the town which had been devastated by the floods of November 2009. Held over the last weekend in September each year, it is a now firm date in the calendar and brings around 40,000 people to Cockermouth to eat, drink and learn from some of Cumbria’s best chefs.

The Taste Cumbria food festivals are now organised by Allerdale Borough Council in association with Taste Cumbria magazine and Cumbria Life and their publisher Newsquest.

For more information about Cockermouth, plus suggestions of where to stay and other things to see and do, please visit https://visitallerdale.co.uk/things-to-do/taste-cockermouth/

Taste Cockermouth 2019 – Trader Application

Food producers, traders and suppliers who would like to book traders’ pitches should email festivals.events@allerdale.gov.uk or call 01900 702969