Well, what a fabulous time we had at the Taste Cumbria festival. I mentioned it briefly in the last newsletter, but it’s only now we’ve had chance to appreciate the success of this event – and get our hands on some photos!
It was hog roasts all round for the Winder Hall team – and they’re really not as easy as they look! We started with the VIP Gala Dinner on the Friday night, attended by Antony Worrall Thompson, the TV chef. It was a fabulous night – one very prominent local businessman said he enjoyed it so much he wants to buy every ticket available next year and treat it as a big corporate party!
The fun continued all weekend. There were 17,000 visitors in total – nearly three times as many as were expected. We sold 200 hog roast sandwiches in just two hours on the Saturday. Every stall was packed and some traders even sold so much of their stock they couldn’t come back the next day!
It really raised the profile of Cockermouth and the amazing products available across the county. We’re devoted to serving local produce at Winder Hall and The Saints Rooms, so it was brilliant to see so many other people getting passionate about Cumbrian food.
If you didn’t make the festival this year, make sure it’s in your diary for 2011. It will take place during the last weekend of September – so why not book your stay at Winder Hall now!