The first Cumbria Day has taken place in London. Ministers sampled the best food and drink from across the county. Hannah McNulty reports.
Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted praise for Cumbria Day after visiting the exhibition in Westminster.
"Just visited #cumbriaday event at parliament to promote tourism in this beautiful area. Brings back happy memories of swimming in Ullswater."
The Prime Minister has been taking part in Cumbria Day in Westminster and was full of praise for the food and drink producers from the region:
Producers who make everything from beer to brie have been spending the day at Westminster for the first ever Cumbria Day.
The Prime Minister has been sampling different food and drink produced in the county.
The Prime Minister says he's 'very much looking forward' to celebrating Cumbria Day.
Dozens of food and drink producers are showcasing the best the county has to offer to ministers at Westminster. During Prime Ministers Questions, David Cameron reminisced about his time in the county.
Suppliers from all over Cumbria will be providing samples of Cumbrian delicacies as part of 'Cumbria Day' in Westminster.
Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cumbrian cheeses and Cumberland sausages, will join ales from the Ulverston Brewery company and Coniston Brewery.
One brewer from Cumbria has produced a beer which was recently named the best n Britain:
– Ian Bradley, Coniston Brewery
"It's vitality important that we shout loud about the quality of produce in Cumbria.
"We produce some of the best food and drink in the UK, and the small sample of food and drink here today goes to show the high quality of what Cumbria has to offer."
More than a dozen food and drinks producers are showcasing their products in the House of Commons, as part of 'Cumbria Day'.
The event is being jointly run by Taste Cumbria, Cumbria Tourism and six Cumbrian MPs.
Sir Tony Cunningham MP, Tim Farron MP, Jamie Reed MP, John Stevenson MP, Rory Stewart MP and John Woodcock MP, all chose to host the special day, in a bid to raise the profile of Cumbria.
– Mary Houston, Food Tourism Co-ordinator, Taste Cumbria
"Food, drink and agriculture is vital to our visitor economy. Recent research showed that £429m was spent by visitors to Cumbria on food and drink in 2011 - the highest spend of any other tourism activity in the county, even accommodation.
"Our producers work with our stunning landscape to create amazing and award winning produce, some of which we're proud to be showing off today."
Businesses from across Cumbria will be heading down to Westminster to take part in the first Cumbria Day next month.
Cumbria Day was the brainchild of Copeland MP Jamie Reed, but all of Cumbria's MPs have come on board putting party politics to one side for the good of the county.
– Copeland MP Jamie Reed
"We are the most remote English county from the seat of power in this country, we have a responsibility, all of us to plug our businesses in the capital whenever we can and there's few better places to showcase what Cumbria has to offer than the House of Commons, it is a draw for people rather than going to another ordinary venue or restaurant."