I’m really excited about attending the first “Taste Cumbria Food Summit” tomorrow at Rheged. Following the fantastic success of the Taste Cumbria Food Festival in Cockermouth last September, which we so enjoyed being a big part of, it is great to see another event to raise the profile of food tourism in Cumbria! There are lots of high profile speakers, including Jay Rayner and Matthew Fort. It should be a great event, and an opportunity to hear what others are doing to drive more business in to the area.
The next Taste Cumbria Food Festival is on the weekend of 24-25 September 2011. After the shocking floods in November 2009, it was inspirational to see how Cockermouth pulled together as a town and hosted such a wonderful event in 2010. Cockermouth was buzzing, and the weather was kind to us all which was, of course, a huge bonus! Nick organised the hog roast for the gala dinner last year, and here’s a photo of him and Antony Worrall Thompson enjoying a piece of crackling! We’re looking forward to participating again this September, and will be taking twice the amount of hog roast so we don’t sell out so quickly this time!
We’re offering a special deal for those wishing to enjoy the festival, and stay in our welcoming, five star Country House Hotel near Cockermouth in the Lake District, Cumbria. Have a look at the website for details.