Fabulous food bringing new visitors to the Lakes

A new generation of artisan food producers are attracting a different kind of tourist to the Lake District. A rise in the number of micro-breweries, farm dairies and specialist butchers is making Cumbria an epicurean holiday destination of choice.

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Cumbrian Flatbreads

Bread making
Peter Sidwell Credit: ITV Border

TV chef Peter Sidwell cooks some delicious flatbreads made from ingredients sourced within 5 miles of Cockermouth

Cumbrian Flatbreads Credit: ITV Border

Made with local beer and wild garlic from Brigham. The recipe and Peter's cooking guide will appear on Livestream later this afternoon


Tourism businesses from across west Cumbria are learning about how locally sourced food can boost tourism

Chefs explain the importance of local produce Credit: ITV Border
TV chef Peter Sidwell Credit: ITV Border

TV Chef Peter Sidwell told our reporter Ryan Dollard: "The quality of the ingredients coming out of Cumbria at the moment is superb. We should all be celebrating them more and showing the world just what we can do."Cumbrian food is another great reason to come to the county"

Wild boar and gingerbread burger Credit: ITV Border

The wild Boar and Gingerbread burger is just one of the delicacies advertised at the conference. All of the ingredients for the burger are sourced from within 5 miles of Cockermouth

Best of west Cumbria's local produce to pull in tourists

Mawson's Dairy Credit: ITV Border

Richard Mawson's Dairy in Seascale is one of the local producers Cumbria Tourism is highlighting as an example of what the area does well.

A third generation farmer, Richard began making his own cheeses, milk, smoothies and ice cream in 2006.

ice cream
Home made ice cream Credit: ITV Border

His family run ice cream parlour and cafe now attracts visitors to the West coast. Cumbria Tourism are hoping to bring other local brewers, bakers, and meat farmers to create a food trail throughout the west of the county to bring people into less celebrated parts of the Lake District