Have we got a treat for you this Easter weekend! Taste Cumbria is coming to Kirkby Lonsdale for the first time and the ingredients for the big event are bubbling away nicely.
From a packed producers’ market in the Market Square and expert demos in Lunesdale Hall, to a beer festival in the beautiful Royal Barn, and loads of children’s entertainment, this promises to be a food festival to remember.
We have another first for you too – the Taste Cumbria Easter Brew. It’s the first ever Taste Cumbria beer, created by the fabulous team at Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery.
They’ve given it an Easter flavour, courtesy of another famed Cumbrian business. The 6% porter has been made with dark Belgian chocolate from Kennedys Fine Chocolates of Orton, near Penrith. Brewery owner Stuart Taylor has also used super fruity citra hops which have given the rich chocolatey porter a citrus edge.
Taste Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale has a wealth of local sponsors. The festival’s supporters are Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, which creates a range of ales in the heart of the town, Hipping Hall, the country house hotel and restaurant at nearby Cowan Bridge, and Mill House Cottages, which offers luxurious self catering accommodation.
Udale Speciality Foods, which supplies high quality meat to pubs, restaurants and hotels throughout the UK, is sponsoring the Taste Cumbria demo kitchen. The Taste Cumbria festivals are organised by Carlisle-based CN Events in association with Cumbria Life magazine.
So, here’s the line-up for the weekend. Things may change on the day if our lovely demo experts have to dash off to their own kitchens, but this is what’s planned. See you there!
Friday 14 April - FREE demos, Lunesdale Hall
Saturday 15 April - FREE demos, Lunesdale Hall
Sunday 16 April - FREE demos, Lunesdale Hall
Beer festival - The Royal Barn, New Road, hosted by Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery
Taste ales, ciders and lagers, handpicked by the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery team, with plenty of alternatives for non-beer drinkers
Producers’ Market – Market Square
Children’s activities – Lunesdale Hall
Entertainment for the littlest food festival visitors