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Hospitality Show to showcase local produce

People who work in the hospitality industry in Cumbria are getting together for one of the biggest events on their calendar.

The Lakes Hospitality Show in Grasmere is a chance for traders to find more local products to sell and encourage their neighbours to buy from them.

Fiona Marley Paterson has been to one business that's hoping its latest innovation will impress at this year's show.

Local brewery head to Hospitality Show

The Hospitality Show hosts local produce Credit: ITV News Border

People who work in the hospitality industry in Cumbria are getting together for one of the biggest events on their calendar.

They will take their Lakeland Gold beer in kegs to the Show Credit: ITV News Border

The Lakes Hospitality Show in Grasmere is a chance for traders to find more local products to sell and encourage their neighbours to buy from them.

The company produce a range of beer locally Credit: ITV News Border

Hawkshead Brewery is launching its first beer in kegs at the show. Until now, beer has traditionally been sold to pubs and hotels in casks.

They can make up to 5815 pints in one go Credit: ITV News Border

Casks hold around 30 pints and must be used within two to three days. This makes it difficult for many places to serve local ale because they can't sell it quickly enough.

The brewery have developed a way to store their beer in kegs Credit: ITV News Border

Now, Hawkshead Brewery's Lakeland Gold is going to be available in kegs, the same system used for most lagers.

This gives the seller two to three weeks to sell 30 pints instead and doesn't take so much to maintain.

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Full Report: Affordable housing for the Lake District

One of the biggest challenges facing people who've been brought up in the Lake District is trying to afford to stay there.

Property prices are hugely inflated by people wanting to buy holiday homes in the area.

This afternoon fifteen so called "affordable" homes were opened in one of the Lake District's most popular villages, and they're available to locals only.

Tim Backshall reports from Grasmere.

Lunchtime Report: Affordable housing opens in Lake District hotspot

15 so-called "affordable" homes are being opened in one of the Lake District's most popular villages this afternoon.

They are designed to allow local people to stay in the area, instead of being priced out of the market by those wanting to buy holiday homes.

Tim Backshall sent this lunchtime report from Grasmere,

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Grasmere 'Gallop'

Hundreds of runners have signed up for what has been called one of the most beautiful trail races in the Lake District. Runners of all ages and abilities can take part in the National Trust’s Grasmere Gallop 10km run which takes place on Saturday 9 June.

As well as the 10km run there's a 5.7km trail race and a 10km walk, with a special emphasis on Nordic walking. Also n the show field there's a Teddy Dash, a bouncy castle, Nordic walking and bird of prey displays, food stalls and outdoors retailers.

National Trust Ranger Jonathan Smith said:

“The Grasmere Gallop had an incredibly loyal following even before the National Trust took over the running of the event in 2011. The feedback we received last year was amazing so we couldn’t wait to make the 2012 Gallop even bigger and better.

“I may be a little biased but I think these runs and the walk take you through some of the most amazing scenery in the country – what better distraction could there be when you’re into the last mile and your legs are feeling the strain!”

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the National Trust’s work in this inspirational landscape. Dave Almond, the National Trust’s Lead Ranger for Grasmere, added:

You can enter the Gallop online until midnight on Thursday 7 June, or sign up on the day. Click here for more details.