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Watch: funding boost for Eden food and farms

The Eden District of Cumbria has been awarded Food Enterprise Status.

It means the area will get a £50,000 share of funding to boost businesses in the food and farming sector.

The council has decided to spend it on employing a consultancy to look into streamlining planning regulations to allow businesses to grow easily.

Fiona Marley Paterson has been looking into what it'll mean for big and small businesses near Penrith.

Food for thought as Eden gets grant

Eden is known for its local cheeses, and the Cumberland Sausage. Credit: ITV Border

Eden District Council has been awarded £50,000 to turn the area into a 'Food Hub'.

The grant has been awarded by DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It's hope the 17 Food Hubs, throughout the UK, will boost tourism and attract investment, as well as helping to grow the rural economy.

We are delighted to have been selected for an award of £50K to support the setting up of a food and farming zone in the District and in order to make sure we get this right we are talking to local businesses to understand where and how they wish to expand and what barriers there might be to expansion which the Local Development order will overcome.

We already have a renowned food and farming sector in Eden and this award will enable us to build on that success story.”

– Ruth Atkinson, Eden District Council’s Communities Director

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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

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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."

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