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Cumbrian chefs on tour
By Cecilia on Monday, October 18, 2010 12:19 PM
Head chefs Mark Teasdale of Sharrow Bay and Nigel Mendham at the Samling, both hotels belonging to the von Essen group, are going on a five day tour which will run from October 25th until October 29th. They will be joined by fellow top Michelin starred chef, Shane Hughes, from Ynyshir Hall in Wales.  The annual event has been designed to celebrate von Essen hotels culinary success, as the collection now has the most Michelin starred properties of any hotel group the UK, according to the press release.
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The tour sounds like a good idea, unfortunately the trio will not be cooking in Cumbria, the tour goes to von Essen hotels in Devon, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire. Nevertheless - always good that the fantastic food produ ...
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Wonderful cheeses at Rheged's first Cheese festival
By Cecilia on Monday, October 18, 2010 11:39 AM
Saturday the doors opened on the first annual Great Northern Cheese Festival at Rheged. Cheese producers from the North offered their fantastic products alongside producers of "related" food stuffs, including chutneys and wine.
Eric Horne of Slack House Farm was there selling his amazing organic Birdoswald cheese, which he produces on the farm. Eric said trade has been very busy recently, and he is now selling cheese made in June – although it would develop even more flavour if it were allowed to mature for another two or three months. Well, it may be young, but it's still delicious!
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It's Apple Day again!
By Cecilia on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:16 PM
October 17 is Apple Day in Cumbria – a time of celebration of this lovely fruit which does well here. The most popular event is at the National Trust’s Acorn Bank in Temple Sowerby. Whether you want to learn anything about apples or just have a lovely day out with the family, this is the place to go.

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There is apple identification, advice surgeries, pruning demonstrations, apple tasting and grafted trees for sale. There’s also entertainment for all the family with archery, Punch and Judy, children’s craft workshops, a treasure hunt and apple games. Take the opportunity to buy some Cumbrian produce at the food market, or watch food demonstrations. To get to Temple Sowerby, take the A66 east from Penrith.
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L'Enclume wins 5th Rosette
By Cecilia on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 5:18 PM
Simon Rogan goes from strength to strength - his restaurant L'Enclume was recently named the best in the country by the Good Food Guide. Now, the restaurant has received its fifth rosette from the AA.

Some great pics from the award ceremony by Yes Chef! magazine here.

We think the reason for Simon's recent success is that he has changed his focus, and is working with Julia Sayburn at Howbarrow Organic Farm in creating the restaurant's own kitchen garden. Watch our recent interview with him.

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Rheged celebrates cheese
By Cecilia on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 5:11 PM

Rheged has decided to host an exciting new event - the Great Northern Cheese Festival, on Oct 16-17. "This event will be the first event of it’s kind in the very North West, and we have one goal in mind - to shout about how fantastic British cheese really is," says Claire Logan-Stephens, head of marketing at Westmorland, Rheged's owner.

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This two-day event on Saturday and Sunday 16th & 17th October will offer visitors the chance to meet with, and sample cheese from small and large producers not just locally but from all over the UK, as well as have the opportunity to learn more about cheese through cookery demonstrations and cheese lectures from local and celebrity chefs including Michelin and 5AA Rosette award winn ...
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Get your apples pressed!
By Cecilia on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:28 AM
There will be a seasonal apple flavour to October’s Farmers’ Market at Orton (Saturday 9 October) and a chance for visitors and local fruit growers to press apple juice from their own crop. Local expert, Hilary Wilson, will be at the Market with members of the new North Cumbria Orchard Group and they will be bringing along the smaller of their two apple presses. 

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“If visitors bring along roughly a carrier bag full of their apple crop, we should be able to press at least a litre of juice for them,” says Hilary.  “They’ll need to bring along containers for the final juice too.  It should be fascinating to find out where the apples have grown, the variety and a little bit about the health of the trees.  If ...
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King Naga rules again
By Cecilia on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:15 AM
Adam Marks, the man behind Mr Vikki's fantastic "Indian fusion pickles", as he describes them, has won yet another accolade. At the Fiery Foods UK autumn chilli festival in Brighton on Sep 18-19, his explosive King Naga sauce won in the extreme chilli sauce category - again.
Congratulations Adam!
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God smiled at Cockermouth
By Cecilia on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 8:51 PM
The giant food festival in Cockermouth at the weekend was blessed with sunshine, huge crowds and so many of our wonderful local producers.

Most exciting news of the day – The Spice Club reopens in about a month. We had lunch in this wonderful Indian restaurant (owned by five – or six? brothers) on November 15 last year. I was about to write the review when the floods hit, and then I couldn't really stomach it. Anyway last Saturday we met Jimmy Haidur, one of the brothers, who was very happy to tell us the planned re-opening is Oct 25 (after a hellish year). We will go back as soon as we can. Lukie loved that Chicken Korma!
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The festival represented a great cross-section of Cumbrian producers and chefs showing their food. At the Word ...
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Mushroom forgaging with Annette Gibbons
By Cecilia on Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:24 AM
We spent a fantastic, sunny Friday with our dear friend Annette Gibbons, who lives up on the shores of the Solway Firth. We did some apple filming for our October e-magazine issue - so check that out when it comes out. But the unexpected extra bonus of the day was a fantastic forage for mushrooms on the beach!
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And being guided by an expert we soon found some prime specimens of Shaggy Ink Caps...
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We judge the food stands at the Westmorland Show
By Cecilia on Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:57 AM
Sorry this blog is a bit late, had to go to London for a few days (not really about food, more new digital strategies for newspapers, but nevertheless had a great dinner at Truc Vert).
So - to the point: We had a fantastic time at the Westmorland County Show last Thursday. Christine Knipe and her team run the most professional, well-organised event in Cumbria and congratulations to them all! We were thrilled to be an active part of the show this year – Martin was co-jugding the trade stands in the fabulous food hall. His fellow judge was Nicki Quayle, Chairman of the Farmers Club – and a great new acquaintance!
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It was a hard job ...
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