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Food Tourism Summit for Cumbria's food industry at Rheged
By Cecilia on Monday, January 24, 2011 3:53 PM
As part of the three-year package of support from RDPE to help develop the food and drink sector in Cumbria following the 2009 floods, a Food Tourism Summit will be held at Rheged on February 28 from 10.00 to 16.30. It's aimed at helping the county's food and tourism industries.

The summit is organised by the team behind Taste Cumbria (in Cockermouth last Sep), and this is how they describe the event:

"The Food Tourism Summit provides an opportunity to gain insight and share experiences, ultimately providing delegates with the right tools and tangible information for improved profitability.
 Inspiring industry heavyweights including Guardian critic Matthew Fort and broadcaster Jay Rayner will be debating and presenting subjects including:
- How ‘keeping it local’ benefits Cumbrian businesses
- Menu planning vs. the bottom line
- Food and Tourism – how they help to sustain a regional economy
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Cartmel starts monthly food market
By Cecilia on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:09 PM
We gather the first of Cartmel's new Food Markets happened back in September. This is an example of a village with a strong identity and passionate food producers who have taken it upon themselves to make a great monthly food market happen – these are often the best markets. We're excited to go along to the first one this year, on Friday March 18, 10-4pm; save the date!

One of the organisers is Martin Gott, who makes the beautiful ewe's milk cheese at Holker Farm Dairy, and who opened a fantastic cheese shop at the new Unsworth Yard in Cartmel in June last year. When you go to the market, don't miss a visit to Cartmel Cheeses, the baker and the wine merchant in the Yard, perhaps a spot of lunch at
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Hawkshead Brewery expands beer hall
By Cecilia on Monday, January 17, 2011 4:42 PM
Alex Brody is taking the beer experience in Staveley's Mill Yard to a new level – in March Hawkshead Brewery opens its new Beer Hall (they've expanded into what was Organico's wine shop and restaurant). On their website they say: "It will bring the Brewery into the Beer Hall and The Beer Hall into the Brewery." Sounds good! Plus there's already a Beer Tapas menu served, which we're of course particularly interested in – described as Food with beer at its heart.
There is lots more information on the Hawkshead Brewery website.

This is what the exterior looks like:
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Seasonal deals at Orton Farmers Market
By Cecilia on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 3:48 PM

There will be plenty of seasonal bargains at Orton Farmers Market on Saturday 8 January as the best of local food and drink producers start the New Year with a chance to try new flavours.

“January’s Orton Farmers’ Market is often quite quiet,” says Market Co-ordinator, Leanne Duerden, “but it is a good chance to stock up the freezer with the best of local food and drink, as well as being a great source of seasonal vegetables.”

Examples of the offers available on Saturday include reductions on frozen sausage, chicken, venison and Dexter beef, discounted organic apple juice and preserves, special offers on frozen puddings from The Pudding Room and price cuts on pâtés and terrines from Grub. Both Pimlott’s Homegrown and ...
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Heads-up for Marmalade Festival
By Cecilia on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:11 PM

As the new year begins, Cumbria looks forward to the winter season’s ”sunniest” food event – the Marmalade Festival at Dalemain House, in 2011 on February 12–13. This is really two events in one; it encompasses the World’s Original Marmalade Awards as well as an (extended) festival weekend at beautiful Dalemain House. There are several categories in the marmalade awards, including 11 different ones for individuals to enter as well as Artisan awards and B&B Awards. The weekend will of course include the prize ceremony for all the categories, which are judged by the Women’s Institute as well as local and national food experts. There will also be a number of classes, workshops, talks and activities for the whole family. For more info, visit
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Russian theme at the Lodore Falls Hotel
By Cecilia on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 8:53 AM
If you want to try something a bit different this Christmas, head for Lodore Falls Hotel in beautiful Borrowdale and have their Russian themed Christmas menu. Head Chef Mike Ward has introduced Russian inspired dishes to the festive menu - including Borscht (Beetroot Soup), Chicken Kiev’s and Sugar Plum Fairy cake.
For more info, go to the hotel website.

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Annette Gibbons' fruity Christmas pudding
By Cecilia on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 5:09 PM
I have to confess, I had never dreamed of making my own Christmas pud until I watched Annette make hers – so fresh and fruity, with no flour (bread crumbs instead), and no fat. Just lovely gin soaked damsons, fresh apple and banana, lemon zest and a few other bits.


The video of her talking about and making the pud is in the Christmas edition of Artisan-food e-magazine.

Here's the written recipe:

1 lb wholemeal breadcrumbs
6 oz brown sugar
4 oz gin soaked damsons
4 oz raisins washed
4 oz chopped mixed nuts
1 oz flaked almonds
1 eating apple grated
1 banana< ...
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Gráinne Jakobson's glazed ham
By Cecilia on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:38 AM

We've recently made a new acquaintance on the Cumbrian cooking scene. Gráinne Jakobson runs cookery courses out of her beautiful Georgian house just outside Egremont in western Cumbria, and she graciously agreed to do a video recipe for the Christmas issue of our e-magazine.


The recipe, which you can view in the magazine, is written out below. Glaze your own ham this Christmas, you'll love it! Underneath the Glazed ham recipe is the recipe for the Spiced Orange and Pear Chutney to go with it.


This ham with its sweet, sticky glaze is a great alternative to the more traditional turkey a ...
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Ivan brings historic Christmases to life at Holker Hall
By Cecilia on Thursday, December 02, 2010 10:22 AM

Ivan Day is Cumbria’s, and no doubt even Great Britain’s, most knowledgeable food historian – above he glazing a ham in his kitchen using a so called salamander. Not only that, he is a fantastic story teller, an amazing cook and just generally the perfect person to make forgotten Christmas food traditions come to life. Which is exactly what he will be doing at Holker Hall on December 9.


Some five years ago he made an replica Elizabethan banquet for Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, which is now on loan at Holker Hall. In the mornin ...
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Christmas market at Orton
By Cecilia on Thursday, December 02, 2010 10:09 AM
There’ll be a definite flavour of Christmas in Orton on Saturday 11 December as the annual Christmas Farmers’ Market takes over the village. As well as the best of local meat, fish, vegetables, cheese and baking, there will be free mince pies on offer, locally made Christmas decorations and wreaths, a selection of Christmas trees and a seasonal surprise visitor for the children.


“December’s Orton Farmers’ Market always feels really Christmassy,” says Market Co-ordinator, Leanne Duerden, “and there are plenty of opportunities to shop for food, pick up locally-made gifts and join in with some carol singing.  For the first time, we’ll have Appleby Silver Band on the market square adding to the atmosphere with traditional Christmas music.”
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