Taste Cumbria Cockermouth, 24 - 26 September 2021

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth in Allerdale is the Lake District’s leading food festival. It return’s to the streets of lovely Cockermouth 24 – 26 September 2021!

Each year, the festival brings together over 80 artisan food and drink producers, with a pop up restaurant and chef demonstrations.

The first Taste Cumbria festival took place 10 years ago and has gone from strength to strength since.

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth is not just a great food festival. During a fun packed weekend, you can enjoy a makers market, a street party in the town’s Market Place – perfect for kids, a music stage, and bands to enjoy in the evening in the town’s pubs.

Allerdale is blessed with some award-winning independent food and drink specialists offering the freshest flavours around.

At the festival, you can browse the artisans’ stalls. They have great pride in their products and will be delighted to talk to you about why they are so passionate about food and drink – just like you.

Cockermouth is in a beautiful part of Allerdale, just a few miles from the visual splendour of the Lake District. It’s a perfect place to have an amazing weekend with Taste at the heart of your break.

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Getting here

Lovely Cockermouth is easy to get too. The nearest mainline train station is Penrith the Lake District. Connecting buses take about an hour to get you straight to Main Street in the middle of town. Alternatively, arrive via Carlisle Railway Station, then take the train to Workington, with connecting buses taking about 30 minutes. If you are travelling by car,leave the M6 at junction 36, take the A66 west and you will be here in 40 minutes.


With Taste Cumbria taking over Main Street and Market Place, please use our park and ride service. It comes with regular shuttle buses into the centre of town and takes less than five minutes. There is a small charge for  the service with all proceeds going to Rotary Club of Cockermouth to support local good causes. Follow the signs to Mitchells Auction Co just off the A66 as you are approaching Cockermouth.


Make a weekend of it by booking your accommodation. Cockermouth has an excellent range of accommodation from hotels, B&B’s to self catering. As well as enjoying the festival, Cockermouth’s attractive tree lined Main Street, Station Street and Market Place is full of independent retailers to discover. And you must make time for Wordsworth House and Gardens and Jennings Brewery Tour.

Book tickets

Most of the Taste Cumbria festival is free to enjoy. A small number of events are ticketed. Don’t miss our secret pop up restaurant in a very special location with an exclusive 6 course tasting menu and paired wines. Chefs will love share their culinary secrets during their exclusive demonstrations. Keep up to date on Facebook.

Insider information

Saturday 23 October 2021

Cockermouth Christmas

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December 2021

Taste Cumbria is coming back to Cockermouth!

The county’s favourite food festival will be back in its home town on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021.

A great range of attractions are on the menu, giving visitors the chance to eat, drink, shop and explore.

Road closure update:

Main Street closes 2pm Friday

The A66 roadworks are not taking place this weekend, so that road will remain open.

Take a look at what’s happening where:

Friday 24 September

7pm Comedy @ Cockermouth Cricket Club – starring Dave Twentyman, Peter Brush, Noel James & Aaron Wood (Sold out)

7pm – Tithe Tap, Station Street – Cocktail Masterclass (Sold out)

5pm – 9pm – Memorial Gardens Car Park – Festival Bar open

6.30pm – 9pm – Memorial Gardens Car Park – live music in the Festival Marquee

Saturday 25 September

10am – 5pm – Main Street – Producers’ Market

10am – late – Market Place – Street Party

10am – 8.00pm – Memorial Gardens Car Park – live music in the Festival Bar Marquee

10am – 6.30pm – Memorial Gardens Car Park – Hot Food Court

10am – 5pm – Memorial Gardens – fairground rides

10am – 5pm – The Vicky, High Sand Lane – children’s activities with Rainbow Jelly Productions

7pm – Tithe Tap, Station Street – Taste of the Lakes Distillery Spirit Tasting Evening (Sold out)

Sunday 26 September

10am – 4pm – Main Street – Producers’ Market

10am – 4pm – Memorial Gardens – Festival Bar and Hot Food Court with live music

10am – 4pm – Memorial Gardens – fairground rides

10am – 4pm – The Vicky, High Sand Lane – children’s activities with Rainbow Jelly Productions

As always, loads of local businesses will be getting involved, including SLO Food Suppers – a Cockermouth business which focuses on seasonal, local and organic food. They’re offering a special Taste Cumbria weekend menu.

Comedy and cocktails in two new Taste Cumbria venues

Taste Comedy @ Cockermouth Cricket Club 

Friday 24 September – 7pm

Tickets – £18

Four great comics will take to the stage for the ever-popular Taste Comedy night.

We’re in the great surroundings of Cockermouth Cricket Club for the first time this year. The compère is Dave Twentyman – upbeat, cheery, down to earth, friendly, warm and quick on his feet are just some of the descriptions of this UK comedy circuit regular who has also performed at the likes of V Festival and Download.

He’s joined by Peter Brush, who’s been tagged ‘Yorkshire’s answer to Woody Allen’, Noel James, who has performed around the world and says his mission is to ‘literally cheer everyone up’, and Aaron Wood who loves to focus on ‘modern life and the everyday stupidity of people’.

Cocktail Masterclass @ Tithe Tap (Sold out)

Friday 24 September – 7pm

Tickets – £30 including all drinks, tuition and a charcuterie & cheese board

Discover the skills of cocktail making in Cockermouth’s newest venue. You’ll learn about the origins of mixology, the hero spirits and the balance of flavours, creating Daiquiris, Espresso Martinis and your own unique blend.

Taste of the Lakes Distillery Spirit Tasting Evening @Tithe Tap (Sold out)

Saturday 25 September – 7pm

Tickets – £30 including all drinks, tuition and a charcuterie & cheese board

The team from The Lakes Distillery at Bassenthwaite will be sharing their expertise – and their spirits – at this masterclass. From the classic vodka and gin, to flavoured spirits, discover how to serve them perfectly.

Taste Cumbria Traders

The Coffee Kitchen Bakery
Ginger Bakers
Shaw Meats
Jeni’s Cupcakes and Brownies
The English Chocolate Fountain Company
Wiga Wagaa
Lakeland Mues
Kick-Ass Cheese
Blueberry Hill Preserves
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Lakeland Artisan
Harbourside Products & Taste of the Lakes

Mr Wilson’s Tea Rooms
The Brownie Bar
Vie’s Jamaican Rum Cakes
Trout Hotel
The Gift of Oil
Spirit of The Lakes
Pie Demand
Hallsford Catering
Go Your Own Way Apparel
Piggery Designs
West House
The Yolker
The Hedgehog Bakery

Wilde Bakery
Fellside Candles
The Churros Bar
Indian Delights
Blood Bikes Cumbria
Osprey Cheerleaders
Passion du Fromage
Fyne Fish
St Mungo’s Church
Newsquest Cumbria
Cartmel Cheeses

Haverigg Prison Smokery
Grasmere Gingerbread
Wild & Fruitful Preserves
Red Welly Food Co
Taste Cumbria Info Point
SA Sauces
Cumbrian Coastal Kitchen
Taste of the Lakes
Kin Vodka
Mr Vikkis

Event tickets

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth - Comedy Night

Cocktail Masterclass at Tithe Tap

Taste of Lakes Distillery, Spirit Tasting evening