Taste Cumbria Food Festival,

Taste Cumbria hold events throughout the year, showcasing the best of Cumbria’s food and drink industry. Taste Cumbria  takes place throughout the year  and you can expect to find a fantastic selection of goods to try and buy, as well as family friendly activities, all held on the town centre’s pedestrianised area 


Farmers Markets

We love food here in the Lake District and Cumbria. There is nothing better than completing a long walk over the fells with a hearty meal in a pub serving locally sourced produce. Cumbria has an amazing array of specialities, including the curled Cumberland Sausage, Grasmere Gingerbread, Kendal Mint Cake, and Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. In fact, we love food so much that we have several days a year dedicated to celebrating our local produce.



Hawkshead Brewery has been brewing real ale since 2002, initially within a converted barn in Hawkshead, before expansion saw it move to its current premises in Staveley. The brewery creates 120 barrels of beer every week, making it one of the larger breweries in the area. Twice a year, the brewery hosts a three-day beer festival in its very own purpose-built beer hall. Along with beers created by the Hawkshead Brewery, you can sample a selection of ales from smaller breweries that have been invited to attend. These are family friend events, and along the with beer, you will find live music and food.



4 Amazing graded mountain bike trails situated amidst the beautiful scenic forest. Newly opened Gorse Cycle trail perfect for first-time mountain bikers.


#Farmers’ markets that were already well established.

The markets are stocked with products that have either been grown/reared locally or have been baked/cooked locally. You will find a delightful choice of goods here with Herdwick lamb, high-quality cheeses, chutneys, cakes, and puddings all available. Most take place once a month with some being more frequent.

Where to Find Food Festivals in the Lake District


Taste of \Cumbria Eventsd events taking place across the county each year. Along with market stands selling a delicious selection of locally produced goods, each festival features celebrity chef demonstrations, talks and masterclasses, as well as pop-up restaurants and entertainment for the whole family.

For each festival, the main event is free, but the demonstrations, talks, and masterclasses are usually ticketed events that must be booked in advance. All of the events take place within their respective town centres with the aim to bring visitors into the local shops, as well as the festival itself.


Traditional Cumberland Sausage



  • Location: Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
  • Date: TBC
  • Times: 10.30am to 5pm
  • Cost: TBC

First held in 2015 the Cumbria Sausage Festival is now a favourite event for visitors to the Lake District during the May bank holiday weekend. The festival offers much more than sausages with a large market selling delicious Cumbrian goods with cakes, chutneys, artisan bread, high-quality meats, and delicious cheeses all available to try and buy.

In addition, there are celebrity chef demonstrations and various activities for children. Entry to the festival is free but you need to pay to enter Muncaster Castle gardens, with adult prices starting at around