The full programme of events for Eden Food and Farming Festival has been unveiled, with more than a dozen events and activities to choose from.
“There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes,” said festival organiser Richard Utting, from Penrith Chamber of Trade. “As always, we’ve tried to give people lots of opportunities to try local foods, along with the chance to meet the people who produce them and find out how they’re made.”
The festival begins with the annual Penrith on a Plate food festival day on Saturday 15 July.
It’s off to the National Trust’s Acorn Bank estate on Sunday 16 July, for a chance to get behind the scenes at the beehives and find out how bees make honey, hosted by Penrith Beekeepers Association.
Booking is now open for a tasting tour and lunch event at the Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall in Penrith on Tuesday 18 July.
Also on Tuesday is Penrith Farmers' Market, and a chance to visit the Vista Veg site at Crosby Ravensworth to see how this growers’ cooperative produces fresh vegetables for its bag scheme enjoyed by 170 local families.
The festival gets exotic on the Wednesday, with the chance to try a Llama Karma Korma and tour behind the scenes at the unique Llama Karma Kafe and animal centre at Brougham.
A brand-new Taste Appleby event launches on the Friday, showcasing food and drink from around the area. There’ll be tasters, cookery demonstrations and a chance to meet producers, farmers and their animals.
The world food theme continues at Brunswick Yard in Penrith on Friday night, with West African and Caribbean-inspired street food and pizza on offer, along with original music by Ponyland.
On Saturday 22 July, the annual Penrith Show offers an ever-popular day out, and also a Best of Booths event at the Penrith store, highlighting some of their food suppliers.
Fine dining’s on the menu on Sunday evening as Penrith’s Greenwheat Flowers & Fika hosts a Cumbrian Cuisine Night with a pop-up restaurant. Restaurants Four & Twenty of Penrith and Mrs Millers of Culgaith are also offering special menus to celebrate the festival.
Sainsbury's of Penrith is celebrating local & British products with barker cards designed by pupils from Culgaith CE School. More than 60 pupils have pooled their collective talents to create these striking cards to highlight local produce for shoppers, until 22 July.
“We’re also putting together a Penrith Food Trail Quiz, with clues to follow around town and a prize to be won,” Richard said.
This year, for the first time, the festival has introduced a wristband scheme, entitling holders to a tempting selection of offers and discounts, while raising funds towards the cost of running this community festival. They’ll be on sale at participating outlets around Penrith shortly.
Richard urged festival-goers to book quickly for some of the events, as places are limited.
“All the details about the events and how to book are on the festival website at edenfoodfestival.org/events and I’d suggest not hanging about!” Richard said.
Eden Food and Farming Festival is organised by Penrith Chamber of Trade, with Totally Locally Penrith, and funded by Eden District Council, Penrith Town Council, Penrith Business Improvement District and the Pride in Penrith Lottery, with support from Discover Penrith and Jim Walton Toyota.