07 March 2011

Festival of Food is a taste sensation like no other.

The region's unique Cumbrian Show, Best of Lakeland Hospitality: Festival of Food comes to Bowness-on-Windermere on 10 to 11 March for a jam packed couple of days of all things food and drink.

Now in its 36th year, the 2011 festival is set to exceed all expectations serving up a myriad of food and drink stalls to its hungry visitors. Selling everything from cheeses and free-range meats to ice-cream and cup cakes, food lovers will be treated to a taste sensation like no other.

Best known for its high-calibre chefs from throughout the region, who queue up to cook in the demonstration kitchens, this year the festival presents an impressive line-up of chefs who will be doing cooking demonstrations throughout both days of the Show. Chefs will include 4 Michelin starred chefs: Nigel Mendham, Samling Hotel; Mark Teasdale, Sharrow Bay Hotel; Simon Rogan, L'enclume/Rogan & co and Will Dickinson, Holbeck Ghyl.

Festival Organiser, Gail Bartolf said: "This year our aim has been clear and that has been to build upon the success we have enjoyed in previous years and grow the festival year on year adding something different each year for our loyal visitors to see. For 2011, we are adding a farmers' market crammed with delicious homemade food and drink. We have Pinks Sausages, serving up sausages to every visitor and children's cookery classes, which will be provided for by Cordon Vert Cookery School. With over 12 hours of cookery demonstrations, the Cordon Vert cookery classes for children and plenty of delicious stalls selling food and drink to eat while at the festival, this is a fantastic day out for all the family - but with a tasty difference."

Gail adds: "What makes the Best of Lakeland Festival a real foodie experience is that visitors can speak to the very people who grow and produce the food they are about to purchase. In supermarkets, we are aware of labels and the desire for producers to state whether something is outdoor reared or organic, but here at the festival, food lovers can question the producers on how they would recommend you store the produce, when exactly it was picked, what would you recommend to eat or drink with it etc.

"Speaking to the producers you get straight to the heart of what is best about food in our region and if you like your food and drink then there is no better place to come and stock up with the region's freshest, highest quality locally sourced produce you can get your hands on this Spring."

Last year over 1,000 spectators visited the festival with many more expected this year.
Attached photography shows:Gloucester Old Spot Piglets, supplied by Altham's Catering Butchers
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For press enquiries, please contact: either: Cherie Fox on 07799 295409 or 015395 61025 or Gail Bartolf on 015394 44495
Notes to editors
1. The Show is supported by Villeroy & Boch, Graphic Design,  Althams Catering Butchers,

K J exhibitions, The Westmorland Gazette, Essential Cuisine and South Lakeland District Council
2. The Lakes Hospitality Association, is the principal trade association representing the interests of accommodation providers and others associated with hospitality. They are committed to the maintenance and development of quality operating standards throughout the industry. All their member establishments are subject to an annual inspection and are required to satisfy the Association's qualifying standard for membership, which is targeted towards standards required for a Three Diamond Grading.

3. Meal sponsors: Dewlay Cheese, Althams Catering Butchers, Parsons Grocers, Brodie Coffee, MJC Foods, McClures, Udales Catering Butcher, English Lakes Icecream and Dale Farm.
4. For full menu details and timetable for Culinary Theatre Demonstrations, see

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