Taste Cumbria Food Festival 2018: Your Guide

Taste Cumbria Food Festival returns to The Trout Hotel’s home town of Cockermouth on 29-30 September 2018 – bigger and better than ever before!

There are few things lovelier than entering into a world of homemade cakes and pastries, succulent meat sandwiches, flavoured gins and live music in the open air. Food festival regulars, you will know the feeling well. But for those who haven’t yet been to Taste Cumbria food festival, you’re in for a treat.

Taste Cumbria food festival

Around 40,000 people descended onto the streets of Cockermouth for the 2017 Taste Cumbria and even more are expected this year. What attracts them? In our humble opinion, it’s the fact that Cumbrian food producers are up there with the best food producers in the country and the quality of the food and drink on offer is superb.  

A few culinary highlights in 2018 will include StoneHouse Smokery’s artisan meats, The Lakes Distillery’s flavoured gins, The Coffee Kitchen’s huge bread loafs, Cartmel Cheeses’ creamy offerings, The Trout Hotel’s Prosecco & Gin Bar and Rose Cottage’s incredible pies. That’s not to mention the pop-up restaurant in Wordsworth House, the expert cookery demonstrations, a Gin Station and The Trout’s very own Prosecco & Gin Bar. What’s more, the beautiful surroundings of Cockermouth, overlooked by the towering Lake District fells, adds a certain charm to the mix.

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth – What’s On?

Over the festival weekend, there’s a jam-packed programme of chef demonstrations, tastings and masterclasses. Some events are already sold out, however any cancellations will be advertised in the information office.

All day Saturday and Sunday, Main Street will be packed with more than 80 producers’ stalls selling food, drink and lovely things. And before the stalls open on Saturday morning, there will be warm up events held in various locations throughout Cockermouth. But that’s enough of an introduction. We’re sure that you can’t wait to find out what’s going on in Taste Cumbria food festival this year. Here’s what you have to look forward to.

Michelin Star Pop-up Restaurant

The county’s most exclusive dining experience. Michelin-starred chef Kevin Tickle of The Forest Side in Grasmere will cook for just 16 guests in a pop-up restaurant in Wordsworth House & Garden at 1pm. Tickets will sell like hot cakes so be quick if you don’t want to miss out.  

Gin Station

Also returning is the Gin Station, held this year behind Koppers Bar. It will open at 7pm Friday evening and carrying on into Saturday. Helen Askew from The Tipsy Filly will be mixing up some fabulous cocktails and there will be a welcome drink, all for £20. (NOW SOLD OUT)

Comedy Night

The festival’s Comedy Night will also take place on Friday, with three great names from the UK comic circuit entertaining the crowd at Kirkgate Arts Centre. Sure to be a sedate night. Reserve a spot here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taste-comedy-night-tickets-48641401742

The Show Marquee

Home to expert demonstrations, the Show Marquee on Main Street will see award winning chefs take to the stage as well as representatives from hugely successful local companies.  

Prosecco & Gin Bar

Especially for the occasion, The Trout Hotel’s courtyard will be transformed into a heaven of Prosecco and gin. All through the weekend, there will be an outdoor Prosecco & Gin Bar with BBQ and live music.


Taste Trails

There’s also two Taste Trails – one for little foodies and another for the grown-ups. The main aim is to guide visitors around town and showcase the impressive selection of local businesses in Cockermouth.

Beer Festival

At Jennings Brewery, there will be the ever-popular beer festival, which will be run by Jennings and Tractor Shed Brewery of Workington. An added attraction there this year will be the Prosecco and The Pig picnic which will feature cocktails from The Tipsy Filly and food from Stonehouse Smokery, who are both based in Carlisle.

Family Fun Day

The Trout Hotel will also be hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday – allowing mum and dad to chill by the bar whilst the children are entertained by face painters and magicians.

Why not?

So, why not take advantage of the quieter month of September to take in a foodie and Lake District break all at once? Staying in a room at The Trout Hotel would mean that you are in on the action and only a few meters away from the main event – what more could you ask for?

We still have rooms available, with plenty going on in our outdoor areas and courtyard, such as the highly anticipated Prosecco & Gin Bar and our Family Fun Day.

Book here