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Bad weather plays havoc with local events

Taste Cumbria one of the events affected by high winds Credit: ITV Border

Bad weather has affected a number of events taking place in our region over the weekend.

The 'Taste Cumbria' food festival in Whitehaven has become the latest to be affected after high winds forced organisers to cancel outdoor events.

More than 40 producer stalls had to be relocated into the Market Hall as wind speeds of 88kph were predicted.

And a hot food picnic, together with food demonstrations, planned for St Nicholas Gardens were cancelled.

Up to 20 thousand people were expected over the two-day event.

Organisers insist that there is still plenty going on at the festival.

Meanwhile, a Second World War fly-past at the Penrith Show yesterday to commemorate the Battle of Britain was also cancelled.

We feel that this is our only option to ensure we protect the health, safety and welfare of our visitors, staff and traders. We’re used to rain in Cumbria, but unfortunately windy conditions can be highly dangerous where temporary structures are concerned. It’s been a very difficult decision after many months of hard work and planning by the Taste Cumbria event organisers and the town council and we would like to thank the teams at Whitehaven Town Council and Copeland Borough Council for their support and also for making sure the Civic Hall was made available to us so we can continue with the event.

– Spokeswoman, Taste Cumbria

Food festival brings tasty £2 million to Cumbria

Taste Cumbria food festival Credit: ITV Border

This year's Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth brought nearly £2 million into the local economy, according to the organisers.

More than 40,000 people descended on the town last weekend, pushing the revenue the event brings to the area up by around 15 percent on the previous year.

Stalls and cooking demonstrations took place on Main Street, with children’s activities as well as a pop-up restaurant at Wordsworth House, and a beer festival.

This is a phenomenal outcome for Taste Cumbria and I am delighted that the event has had its biggest impact on the local economy so far.

– Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council


Keswick's Taste Cumbria food festival aims to boost trade following floods

One of the stalls at Keswick's first Taste Cumbria event Credit: ITV Border

Keswick will host its first Taste Cumbria food festival in a bid to help businesses struggling with trade following December's devastating floods.

The event is free and has free chef’s demos, free family entertainment and a giant foodie market with over 70 traders selling Cumbrian produce.

The festival is being held in Keswick in a bid to boost local businesses in an area badly hit by the December floods.

Visitors to the food festival braved the showery weather Credit: ITV Border

“We’re looking forward to a fabulous two-day festival. Thanks to the funding from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, we are able to put on loads of family activities in Packhorse Court, next to Market Square where all the stalls and hot food producers will be.

"Then we’re setting up the chef’s demos in a marquee near the Moot Hall. There really will be something going on for all the family."

– Marie Whitehead, Director of CN Events

Taste Cumbria to launch Christmas fair

Around 40,000 people attended the Taste Cumbria festival Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of this year's Taste Cumbria event are already planning their next festival- for Christmas.

The annual Taste Cumbria event pulled in around 40,000 visitors over the weekend, and gave the local economy a £2 million boost.

Cockermouth Main Street was packed full of food and drinks stalls, all celebrating local produce.

Now the organisers have turned their attention the new Christmas fair:

"Our producers have asked us to do something and our customers have asked us to do it so yes we're looking forward to that event.

"It's going to be on Main Street, lots of lovely Christmas food and gifts for your table so yes we're hoping that all these people come back again."

– Marie Whitehead, Events Organisers, CN Events

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.


Taste Cumbria's fifth festival flourishes

The festival takes place during the last week in September. Credit: ITV Border

This year's Taste Cumbria festival was the 'biggest to date' according to organisers.

Around 35,000 people went to the festival in Cockermouth. Businesses at the festival and in the town also benefitted from the festival, with some reporting record takings.

“This year’s festival was amazing. After last year’s success, when 30,000 people came to Cockermouth and £1.9 million went into the local economy, we couldn’t wait to see how the event would grow this year – particularly as we had decided to concentrate totally on Cumbrian culinary talents, rather than bringing celebrity chefs from outside the county.

We’ve had great reports from the businesses in Cockermouth too – including those that don’t sell food. Some told us they had their best trading days so far this year, with one saying this weekend felt like the run up to Christmas!"

– Marie Whitehead, of CN Events, the festival organisers

The festival ran from the 26th to 28th September and was created after the floods in 2009 to revitalise the area.

The event featured a pop-up restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, beer festival, a giant producers’ market, hot food court, chefs’ demonstrations and Cumbria Life master classes and family activities. Credit:
The 2014 sponsors were Allerdale Borough Council, Cockermouth Town Council, Jennings Brewery, Lakes Distillery, Trout Hotel, Westinghouse, Caterite and Cumbria Tourism. Credit: ITV Border

Thousands head to Cockermouth food festival

Thousands turn out in Cockermouth to enjoy a taste of Cumbria Credit: ITV

The annual Taste of Cumbria event is proving as popular as ever with thousands descending on Cockermouth this weekend.

Road works have been taking place for several months on the town's Main Street.

They have now been cleared to make way for the festival which is in its fifth year.

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.

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