The first Taste Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale festival was a huge success – and plans are being made to return to the town in 2018.
Traders sold out in the producers market, the Royal Barn venue was packed with visitors to the beer festival, and the town’s streets were thronged with shoppers and visitors. The demonstrations and children’s activities in the Lonsdale Hall were also hugely popular, with a constant stream of visitors passing by.
Event organiser Mandy Norwood of CN Events said: “It was an absolute pleasure bringing Taste Cumbria to Kirkby Lonsdale. The local people and businesses were so welcoming and it was great to see how many of them set up stalls in the producers’ market.
“The feedback from visitors has been lovely. People really appreciate quality local food and drink and that becomes more evident with every festival we do. This has been a brilliant launch for Taste Cumbria in 2017 and I’m really looking forward to Ulverston at the end of May, then Whitehaven and Cockermouth later in the year. These events just get better and better.”
The feedback from food and drink businesses has been brilliant too.
Helen Askew, of Turnstone Park, Carlisle, takes her Tipsy Filly converted horsebox to parties, weddings, festival and events across the north west and southern Scotland. Kirby Lonsdale was her first Taste Cumbria food festival and she was there to promote her new business, as well as take part in some cocktail demonstrations. She said: “I’ve just loved it, the people have been amazing and have been flocking to see it. I have never ever felt so welcomed. The whole CN Events team and all the people in Kirkby Lonsdale have made this festival really special already.”
Mary Chappelhow runs Interlude Ceramics at Brougham Hall near Penrith. She said: “It’s been great to see the numbers of people pick up as soon as the weather improved. Everybody has been saying what a great event it is with a really good variety of producers. I’m the only potter here – there are no calories on my stall!”
Luke Christian of Lakeland Mues of Rosley, near Wigton, said: “We love Taste Cumbria festivals. They have a great atmosphere and a good crack. This is such a great place to meet people and get them tasting your product. I had never been to Kirkby Lonsdale before, it’s a superb little town.”