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WATCH: Cumbrian food to be celebrated at show

Cumbrian food is to be celebrated at a special event in Carlisle tomorrow.

The Local Food Show will be held at H & H Exhibition Centre, and 50 stalls showing a variety of local produce will be on display.

Greg Hoare has this preview:

The event is part of the Food Carlisle initiative - you can find out more here.

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Largest turnout ever for Taste Cumbria

40,000 people enjoyed the festival over the weekend Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of this year's Taste Cumbria event say that it's been the busiest since it was first established six years ago.

Around 40,000 people have visited the food and drink festival over the weekend.

The festival celebrates local produce Credit: ITV Border

Food and drink stalls line the main street in Cockermouth, where the best of Cumbria's local produce is displayed.

In the Marketplace area of the town, there's also a hot food section, which proved popular once again.

Local cheese on sale Credit: ITV Border

The festival brings in an estimated £2 million to the local economy.

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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