Fantastic line-up for the Taste Cumbria Food Festival

The organisers of the 2011 Taste of Cumbria Food Festival have announced an impressive line-up of celebrity chefs for this year’s event, to join the already confirmed headliners Dave and Si, the Hairy Bikers. The event is taking place in Cockermouth on September 24-25 and the guest chefs will take to the stage at the Celebrity Chefs Theatre on Main Street.

They promise to delight all visitors to live demonstrations which show how to prepare and then perfectly cook original dishes while also educating amateur cooks about the unique ingredients and techniques.

Such household names and culinary heavyweight as Tom Kitchin and Matt Tebbutt will be amongst the wealth of talent making their way to West Cumbria next month. Tom Kitchin is the youngest ever Scottish proprietor/chef to achieve a Michelin star and has appeared on numerous popular food programmes on the television.

These include Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen on UKTV and  The Great British Menu and has also frequently taken his place alongside the most renowned chefs in the UK as a judge in the Master Chef finals.

You will know Matt Tebbutt for his appearance on the Great British Food Revival and The Great British Menu and he used to present Market Kitchen.

Matt has spoken about his involvement in this year’s festival and said that he is very excited about returning to Cumbria as it’s an area he has visited many times before whilst filming various shows. He added that the county has an incredible pedigree as far as food was concerned and he had been lucky enough in his time to work alongside many heroes of Cumbrian food.

Tom Kitchin is well known as an ambassador for fresh and locally sourced produce and is fanatical about working with seasonal products, he says that location and season were vitally important to him and he was excited about showing the visitors to Taste Cumbria how to make the most of the locally sourced and seasonal produce they had at their disposal.

Also joining Tom and Matt during the course of the weekend is Ravinder Bhogal, the television personality and award winning food writer who Gordon Ramsay crowned as the ‘New Fanny Craddock’ on his show for channel 4 ‘The F Word’.

Ravinder has recently been travelling the globe as a roving reporter for  the new magazine show on Channel 4 ‘Food; what goes in your basket’, and she will be showing off her culinary expertise to the live audience on Sunday 25th September as well as personally meeting the festival goers.

Junior chefs are well catered for at this year’s event also, with an expanded, dedicated ‘Children’s Interactive Area’, which will be located in the town’s Memorial Gardens.

Kid’s Food expert Fiona Faulkner, also known as the ‘Toddler Chef’, will be revealing the tricks and recipes that have transformed her own children’s eating habits and those of countless others in workshops within the Taste Cumbria Interactive Area, whilst Stefan Gates, food adventurer and presenter of BBC’s popular Gastronuts television series will be doing weird and wonderful things with food – opening junior festival-goers minds (and mouths) to a world of culinary creativity!

Katie Read, West Cumbria Tourism Manager and organiser of Taste Cumbria Festival comments: “We have really raised the bar this year both with the calibre and number of chefs joining us in Cockermouth, for the festival and we hope that visitors will enjoy watching their live demonstrations. This year the focus is very much on food education, and we want our festival-goers to leave with exciting and tasty, new ideas.”

Tickets to the festival and the Celebrity Chef Demonstrations are available now from the official festival website www.tastecumbria.com and a full calendar of festival events will be available to download in early September. You can also follow Taste Cumbria on Twitter (#TCFF) and via their Facebook page.

Taste Cumbria is funded by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funded by Defra and the EU. The festival is organised and managed by Cumbria Tourism and SK Events.