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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.


Appleby bakery set to star on national TV show

The Appleby Bakery is set to star in the new television series Credit: ITV News

A shop in Cumbria is taking part in a television show to find Britain's Best Bakery.

The Appleby Bakery is being tasked with showing Cumbria's TV chef and restauranteur Peter Sidwell a new, fresh approach to baking that tells him exactly where the bakery is from.

The programme showcases local bakeries and their produce Credit: ITV News


Banana ban was school's decision

Westfield Primary School pupil Chloe Crouch is allergic to bananas, an allergy that has meant that the school made the decision to ban bringing the food onto campus.

She was born with the condition that also affects her father Lee.

"When Chloe was born we did wonder if she would have the same condition as me. I also have a pretty bad reaction to bananas so we never gave them to here.

"We discovered she did have the allergy when she went to a friends house and accidentally had a banana milkshake.

"She can go into anaphylactic shock and needs urgent medical attention.

"I think the school have been fantastic and so understanding. We didn't ask them to ban to bananas but that's what they decided to do and I support it.

"We know Chloe is safe at school and that is very reassuring for us. Should she come into contact with bananas during school time all safe are trained to stop the symptoms and administer the Epi Pen if needed.

"It is a weight off my mind knowing they know what to do."

– Lee Crouch

School banana ban: Your thoughts

Karen Rennie on Facebook:

"Would you ask if it was necessary if it was a nut allergy? Of course it is! Who cares if it's a banana allergy or a nut allergy, the school has to take precautions to make sure the child isn't exposed to them while in their care and the best way to do that is ban them."

Bananas banned at West Cumbrian school

The school has banned all banana products Credit: Frank May/DPA/Press Association Images

A primary school in West Cumbria has banned bananas because a pupil has a severe allergy to the fruit.

Bananas and anything that could contain traces of it is not allowed past the gates of Westfield Primary School in Workington.

If the youngster comes into contact with bananas she suffers a severe allergic reaction that requires urgent medical attention.

Galloway man talks about his foraging success

A man from Galloway man has had so much success showing people what they can and cannot eat in nature that he has given up his day job to do it full time.

Mark Williams now runs Galloway Wild Foods, taking people out and about in woods around the area.

"It's free food, what could be better?

"But it's free food that's in season and organic, that you've picked yourself, no big company is making the decision for you, you're making the decision for you about what you eat, when you eat it, how you eat it, and you know exactly what's gone into it as long as you pick mindfully ... so it's really lovely and it just adds another dimension to a walk.

"Get out in the wilds, there's free stuff, delicious stuff, interesting stuff, beautiful stuff, it's around us all the time and it's just a question of tuning into it."

– Mark Williams
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