Taste Cumbria Cockermouth

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 September 2020, with launch events on Friday 24 September. Taste Cumbria Cockermouth in Allerdale is the Lake District’s leading food festival.

Held in the pretty market town of Cockermouth, the festival brings together more than 80 artisan food and drink producers, with a pop-up restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef and expert demonstrations from some of the best names in the business.

The first Taste Cumbria festival took place in 2010.  We are bringing you the same winning formula in 2020 with extra goodies to keep everyone entertained. Taste Cumbria inCockermouth is not just a great food festival – you can enjoy the Northbound music festival over the same weekend too.

As well as all the producers stalls, there will be a small artisan makers market, a street party in the town’s Market Place that’s perfect for kids, as well as a live music stage on the banks of the River Derwent and comedy and bands 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.

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. Our secret pop up restaurant and comedy night are ticketed events. Everything else is free unless stated.

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.

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.

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