This weekend (24th to 26th September 2021) sees the return of the fabulous Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth. Usually taking place every year, there has been a hiatus recently because of the pandemic, so it’s exciting to see it back on the streets of Cockermouth once again!
Taste Cumbria celebrates the many foods and drinks local to Cumbria, from traditional Cumberland sausage to cheeses, chutneys, cakes, beers, and much more. It’s a really enthusiastic nod to the culinary diversity of the county, as well as the many small businesses that form part of the food scene.
This weekend’s event will run from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and includes bars, live music and, of course, plenty of food stalls! It will be slightly smaller than previous years to help keep people safe, but still promises to be an excellent experience.
Food & Drink
So, if you’re a bit of a foodie lover, you’re no doubt desperate to see that delightful tastes you can experience during the weekend! Never fear, there’s plenty to tickle your taste buds!
The Producers Market on Market Street runs throughout Saturday and Sunday and the range of wares on offer will be awesome. The Coffee Kitchen Bakery will be selling beautiful fresh bread made without additives or any of the ‘extras’ you find in supermarket bread. Fermento will be bringing a taste of Italy; Fyne Fish fishmonger and seafood delicatessen provides you with fresh local catches; and Jeni’s Brownies are a must-taste for anyone with a sweet tooth!
Look at beverages, there’s lots on offer too. Tractor Shed Brewing will be running the Festival Bar in Memorial Gardens Car Park and you can sample local favourites such as damson gin and Lakes vodka at the market. Make sure you catch the bus in if you’re not staying at one of our Cockermouth cottages so you can safely enjoy sampling the day away!
Music & Entertainment
Taste Cumbria wouldn’t be the same without all the live music and entertainment taking place throughout the weekend. As well as local produce, Cumbrian musicians, comedians and actors will be showcasing their talents in a range of performances.
Kick your weekend off at 6.30pm on Friday with live music in the Festival Marquee at Memorial Gardens Car Park. Or you can pop in and out all day on Saturday, with musicians on the stage from 10am to 8pm. Sunday will see performances between 12pm and 3pm. Expect to hear local favourites such as Mojo Rising, Potluck, Chelsea Reynolds, and Skafell.
There’s loads for children too. The Fairly Famous Family will be roaming the town providing laughs aplenty with their street theatre, while crafts and games at The Vicky, as well as numerous fairground rides in town, will keep the excitement alive.
The Street Party on Saturday will run late, and you’ll find even more evening entertainment at Cockermouth’s pubs and bars once the festival ends.
See More of Cockermouth
A visit to Taste Cumbria is also a great excuse (as if you need it!) to see more of the pretty gem town of Cockermouth. On the outskirts of the Lake District and beside the river, this gorgeous town is full of colourful buildings and independent businesses. Browse the shops, pick up a rare gem at an antique store, take a tour of Jennings Brewery, or step back in history at Wordsworth House.
There are also pretty walks through parks and along the river, castle ruins (closed to the public but still visible from Memorial Gardens), and Kirkgate Arts, where you can currently see an exhibition of mining artist Norman Cornish.
Find out more about what to do in Cockermouth.
Other Taste Events
The food festival in Cockermouth is Taste Cumbria’s flagship annual event, but if you can’t make it, never fear!
On Saturday, October the 23rd, there will be a one-day Taste of Wigton event in North Cumbria, and popular Taste Cumbria Christmas will be in Cockermouth again on the 11th and 12th of December.
A new Taste of the Sea festival took place in the seaside town of Maryport this summer. It was such a success that we hope it will become a regular event on Cumbria’s ‘Taste’ calendar!
Keep up-to-date with all of Taste Cumbria’s events on their Facebook page.