The Kendal Festival of Food is the food festival at which most of the activity happens at source – in the fields, farmyards, restaurants, cafes and hotels where the food is produced, or where the chef prepares their menus. Encouraging the food lover to explore tastes, locations and landscapes is its ethos.
This year’s programme is already coming together and offering great opportunities for all the family to get involved with food. It pays to book early, whether you want to learn how to make cupcakes with Ginger Bakers or enjoy an apple and fruit festival at Beetham Nurseries.
A Festival highlight will be a ‘Journey From Field to Fork’ featuring local producers and staged in Kendal Market Place on 26th October 2010. Peter Gott, of Sillfield Farm, Dales Butchers, Agnes Rose and Kendal Cordials, are just some of those taking part in a free event encompassing cooking demos recipes and ingredients to take home, knowledgeable local farmers and producers, farmyard animals and grow your own advice.
Bread fans will be delighted to know that acclaimed artisan bakery, Staff of Life, will be highlighting its artistry and genius through the creation of delicious artisan breads at free demos fixed for 22nd October (8.00-12.00) and Sunday 24th October (10.00-17.00).
If world-class bread is not a food lover’s thing, they could book for a very different sort of cookery course a little further out from Kendal. A Food Smoking course is being run by Smoky’s Jo’s, in Shap, and the smoking experts will be demonstrating how anyone can cook their own smoked food at home, whether in a saucepan or a filing cabinet! Over 14 different foods will be smoked on this course costing £90.
A kick to the kitchen fare could follow a tour of Hawkshead Relish Co, which will feature the production of artisan preserves and condiments. This event on 23rd October is free, but booking is essential.
Brewery tours will be taking place at the Hawkshead Brewery, in Staveley near Kendal, on 25th, 27th and 29th October, at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. These will allow participants to look into the Brew House and even wet their whistle with a few pints!
26th October offers the option of a farm tour at award-winning Low Sizergh Barn whilst Children’s Pizza Making, in which chef Martin McMillan will show kids how to roll, top, cook and eat a pizza, will take place in the heart of Kendal at Infusion, in Finkle Street.
Best of Cumbrian Cookery Courses are on offer from food guru, Yelly de Jong, at her Kirkby Stephen cookery school. There will be a recipe folder and dish to take home, all within the £79 cost for two courses. One course features a variety of dishes (23rd October) and one focuses on Vegetarian food (29th October)
A variety of food offers for diners have already been arranged during the Festival. Some already announced come from Truly Scrumptious, Jintana Thai, Infusion Italian Ristorante, New Moon and Stonecross Manor in Kendal, whilst others are at the restaurants of hotels like Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness, and Rothay Manor in Ambleside.
Details of all events, offers, sampling sessions and other foodie things-to-do will be added to the Festival website as they evolve, so keep checking the site for updates!