Kendal Festival of Food

There is no more beautiful a place in the UK than the Lake District and at its centre is the glorious town of Kendal. The annual Kendal Food Festival on the weekend of 29th and 30th March brings visitors the taste of the best of England's North Country.

Kendal town centre will play host to a two day celebration of all things food and drink; a chance to experience the best the region has to offer from artisans and producers, to world class chefs and fresh new talent. Taking place in the pretty market town with the beautiful Lake District as its backdrop, this year’s food festival is set to be tastier than ever before. 2014 will see the launch of England’s North Country Food Market, featuring over 80 top quality regional food and drink producers in what promises to be much more than a farmers market.

The weekend will also feature a packed programme of food demonstrations, talks, tastings and pop up restaurants featuring some of Cumbria’s greatest food heroes. This year’s food festival also promises foodie fun for the whole family with the introduction of a Family Festival Village. With all sorts going on over the weekend from children’s cookery demonstrations and workshops, to the live farmyard, entertainment, street theatre and more, there is sure to be something for everyone, from a serious foodie to those seeking two fun days out with the kids. Competitions and games will offer fun for all ages and our two star acts, CBBC’s Gastronaut Stefan Gates and nationally renowned duo, The Meringue Girls are just the ‘icing on the cake’

Kendal’s Festival of Food programme below offers an action-packed line up of events including demonstrations, tutored tastings, talks and pop-up restaurants from a whole host of Cumbrian chefs and artisans, and a few famous faces too.

  • Easter lunch made simple with Rob Taylor of Lindeth Howe
  • Thai cooking made simple - Tana Triamul, Little Thai Chef
  • Cookery Demonstration with Agnes Rose
  • Master class in Sour Dough - Simon Thomas of Staff of Life
  • Cookery Demonstration - Robert Stacey from Castle Dairy
  • A master class in coffee - Gareth Kemble of Carvetii Coffee
  • Cookery Demonstration from Kevin Tickle of Rogan and Co
  • ‘From Hive to Honey’ talk by Julia Hoggard of Bee Ed
  • A Tasting tour of Great British cheeses with Martin Gott of Cartmel Cheeses
  • Tasting talk of Mediterranean delights with Dan Prentice of Silver and Green
  • Tasting talk with Bedrock Gin
  • Cumbrian inspired dish demonstrated by Master Chef Winners
  • Celebrating the sweet stuff with The Meringue Girls
  • Cookery demonstration with Ian Swainson of The Samling Hotel
  • From Field to Fork at Askham Hall - Charles Lowther
  • Cookery Demonstration with Agnes Rose
  • Chocolate tasting and talk with the Famous Chocolate Shop
  • Cookery demonstration - Justin Woods of The Castle Green Hotel
  • Master class in Sour Dough by Simon Thomas of Staff of Life
  • Simply Smoking Food with Jo Hampson of Smoky Jo’s
  • A tasting tour through the world of tea with Sally Farrington of New Leaf Tea Tasters
  • Whiskey tasting talk with Lakes Distillery
The Brewery Arts Centre – right in the middle of town – will be hosting a festival of real ales from around the region.  Festival goers will be able to try examples of some of the finest local brews served from the Brewery’s iconic Vats Bar that opens onto the beautiful Georgian walled garden.

The Brewery Arts Centre has a peerless beer heritage located in the buildings of Kendal’s old Whitwell, Mark & Co Brewery. Its famous Vats Bar, featuring original brewing memorabilia, will be open throughout the festival so you can sit and enjoy the superb ales on offer.

Tickets for the Kendal Food Festival and details of accommodation for the weekend can be found on the festival website at:


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