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Taste Cumbria's fifth festival flourishes

The festival takes place during the last week in September. Credit: ITV Border

This year's Taste Cumbria festival was the 'biggest to date' according to organisers.

Around 35,000 people went to the festival in Cockermouth. Businesses at the festival and in the town also benefitted from the festival, with some reporting record takings.

“This year’s festival was amazing. After last year’s success, when 30,000 people came to Cockermouth and £1.9 million went into the local economy, we couldn’t wait to see how the event would grow this year – particularly as we had decided to concentrate totally on Cumbrian culinary talents, rather than bringing celebrity chefs from outside the county.

We’ve had great reports from the businesses in Cockermouth too – including those that don’t sell food. Some told us they had their best trading days so far this year, with one saying this weekend felt like the run up to Christmas!"

– Marie Whitehead, of CN Events, the festival organisers

The festival ran from the 26th to 28th September and was created after the floods in 2009 to revitalise the area.

The event featured a pop-up restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, beer festival, a giant producers’ market, hot food court, chefs’ demonstrations and Cumbria Life master classes and family activities. Credit: www.dandhphotographers.co.uk
The 2014 sponsors were Allerdale Borough Council, Cockermouth Town Council, Jennings Brewery, Lakes Distillery, Trout Hotel, Westinghouse, Caterite and Cumbria Tourism. Credit: ITV Border

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Thousands head to Cockermouth food festival

Thousands turn out in Cockermouth to enjoy a taste of Cumbria Credit: ITV

The annual Taste of Cumbria event is proving as popular as ever with thousands descending on Cockermouth this weekend.

Road works have been taking place for several months on the town's Main Street.

They have now been cleared to make way for the festival which is in its fifth year.

Thousands arrive for Taste of Cumbria event

Taste of Cumbria Credit: ITV News Border

More than 25,000 people are expected to arrive in Cockermouth over the weekend for the Taste of Cumbria food festival.

The event is now in its fifth year and is being held on the town's main street market street.

The food festival attracts some of the biggest names from the cookery world.

Around 80 traders are showcasing their food and drinks, including Simon Rogan from L'Enclume, who's creating a pop-up restaurant.

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Baby meerkat surprises staff at Wetheriggs

The baby meerkat has not yet been named Credit: ITV Border

Staff at the Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre were surprised by a new arrival while clearing out the meerkats' pen.

They found a tiny baby meerkat, too small to move by herself, on the floor of the pen.

Doris, the baby's mother, gave birth to triplets in spring, but this time around nobody knew she was pregnant.

Staff at the Centre are currently moving the animals to a new home in County Durham, but this baby meerkat will be the last leave, as she's still too young for the journey.

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