Kendal Food Festival
This two day event ran over 7th and 8th March 2015 which fitted perfectly in with our week long holiday in the Lake District.
Kendal is a picturesque town in the heart of Cumbria, about 8 miles away from Lake Windermere and has made famous by Kendal Mint Cake. For those of you that don’t know, Kendal Mint Cake is a high energy glucose-based confectionary which is popular with mountaineers and climbers (as well as those with a sweet tooth). It’s not a cake at all.
Anyway, I diverge. The Kendal Food Festival is a celebration of all the best edible offering from the North and boy was there a lot on offer.
Starting with the demonstrations and tastings. You could attend cooking classes aimed at children, get tips from the experts on growing your own veg, celebrate the Cumberland sausage, as well as a number of more boozy-related tastings and talks. There were a number of sessions running all throughout the day across the Saturday and Sunday.
We parked in K Village, which is about 15 minutes’ walk away from the town centre. It was free parking all day and allowed us to enjoy the views down the river Kent as we walked into the town.
Not only was there a packed schedule of talks and tastings, there were also over 80 stalls offering tastings, tips and more. This was by far the largest offering of its kind we had ever seen.
Moving through the stalls, we soon found ourselves filling bags with oil olive, balsamic vinegar, homemade brownies, steak and stilton pies, olives and much more. We saw some real artistry in a lot of these exhibitors’ stalls, including the chocolate covered creations for kids at the ‘Five-A-Day Stand’.
We also sampled some of the local drinks on offer. I very much enjoyed the taste of the Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur, this would be ideal for an after dinner tipple, especially as mint is supposed to be good for digestion.
The Kendal Food Festival was a great demonstration of local foods and offered so much for its visitors over the two-day period. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and should we be in the Lake District again at this time next year, this will be top of our hit list. The weekend wristbands were priced at £26 or £15 for one day, there were a number of different options if you were just wanting to attend some of the talks or if you were accompanied by children. Keep an eye on their website for next year’s festival.
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