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Keswick's Taste Cumbria food festival aims to boost trade following floods

One of the stalls at Keswick's first Taste Cumbria event Credit: ITV Border

Keswick will host its first Taste Cumbria food festival in a bid to help businesses struggling with trade following December's devastating floods.

The event is free and has free chef’s demos, free family entertainment and a giant foodie market with over 70 traders selling Cumbrian produce.

The festival is being held in Keswick in a bid to boost local businesses in an area badly hit by the December floods.

Visitors to the food festival braved the showery weather Credit: ITV Border

“We’re looking forward to a fabulous two-day festival. Thanks to the funding from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, we are able to put on loads of family activities in Packhorse Court, next to Market Square where all the stalls and hot food producers will be.

"Then we’re setting up the chef’s demos in a marquee near the Moot Hall. There really will be something going on for all the family."

– Marie Whitehead, Director of CN Events

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In yesterday's 2016 Budget announcement, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed a £700million boost to funding flood defences across flood-hit regions including Cumbria as well as upgrade plans for the A66 and A69.

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