Kendal invites you to pig out this October

The month of October sees the South Lakes town of Kendal host the Kendal Festival of Food. The town is inviting people from all over to come to its historic streets to enjoy the wide variety of foods that are on offer. There are a great many events that are being held in the town that go on all month and they are something that food fans are sure to love.

The highlights of the festival will occur during the schools half term week which starts on October 24th. This will include the Cumbrian Sausage Celebration as well as the Field to Fork event. Many people will be involved in the event including, local farmers, people doing cookery demonstrations and many farm animals will be on display. The Field to Fork day gives visitors an idea of how food is reared and produced. There will also be information for people who want to grow their own vegetables or rear their own animals.

The Cumbrian Sausage Celebration is free and will involve a huge array of sausages that guests will be allowed to taste and buy. There will also be many chutneys on display as well as a huge array of bacon. Peter Sidwell, a local chef, will be providing cooking demonstrations, there will also be various other forms of live entertainment as well as a hog roast.

Various tempting offers operate during the Festival, whether that is a free cup of soup, tea or coffee, or a fantastic offer price on something like a five-course meal at one of Lakeland’s finest hotel restaurants.  All offers can be found at www.kendalfestivaloffood.co.uk

Children can have huge fun learning to make pizzas at the Infusion restaurant in Kendal on October 24 (price £4.50 to cover ingredients and a pizza that can be eaten once prepared) and food tasting will take place at Low Sizergh Barn, Low Sizergh, every day between October 24 and 28, from 11am to 3pm.

An Apple Day at the Quaker Tapestry attraction in Kendal on October 22 will focus on apple pressing, apple identification and apple-themed games.  Those attending will also get discounted entry into the award-winning attraction that hosts Britain’s version of the Bayeux tapestry, charting hundreds of years of social and political history through the eyes of Quaker communities around the world and conveyed through embroidery.  Visit www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk to find out more.

Staveley, on the outskirts of Kendal, will have a Beer and Curry Party at Wilf’s Café, on October 28.  Run in conjunction with the Hawkshead Brewery, this curry buffet and beer tasting event will cost £14 per head for bookings made in advance and £17 on the door and will run from 7.30pm to 11pm. The price includes food, beer tasting and great live music from band Stooshie.

Lake District Cookery School, LucyCooks, also located in Staveley Mill Yard has lots to tempt foodies during October. It will stage its first two-day cookery course, The Knowledge, from October 7-8, to give cooks of different abilities the tips and skills that top restaurant chefs use in their food preparation and cooking (price £260).  On October 20, it has its first Chocolate Workshop (from 1pm to 5pm – price £65) and a Halloween Family Fun Day of spooktacular cookery for all the family on October 30 (£125 for one adult and one child). Courses of many different types run Wednesday to Sunday throughout October. Visit www.lucycooks.co.uk to view all or book or call 01539 822507.

With loads more going on, pigging out in the Kendal will be huge fun this October.  Visit www.kendalfestivaloffood.co.uk for more information on al of the many events and offers, or visit www.southlakeland.gov.uk/tourism if you need to source accommodation in or around Kendal.