Lancashire and the Lake District are the perfect places to be if you’re a foodie. Nobody takes their food and drink quite as seriously as the locals in this part of the country. In fact, they take their food so seriously, they even have plenty of food and drink festivals to celebrate their love of all things delicious.

If you live in the local area or you’re just planning to visit, why not discover the northern love of food and visit one of these festivals where you’ll be able to sample delectable delights and meet other foodies.

Great British Food Festival – 25th-27th August

Hosted at the beautiful Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, The Great British Food Festival brings a fantastic selection of food producers and chefs together to present the best in local food. You can expect chef demos, street food, a BBQ stage, and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained.

Turn up on the day and buy your ticket at the door, or buy tickets online in advance for a reduced price.

Holker Chilli Fest – 7th-8th September

If you have a love for all things spicy, the Holker Chilli Fest is the place for you. For two days, chilli companies from all over the UK and local food suppliers will be at Holker Hall to show off their spicy produce. There will be plenty of entertainment as well as demonstrations and a chilli eating competition.

The festival is open between 10.30am-5pm and tickets cost £6.50 for adults while children go free.

Lakes Cakes Fest – 15th September

This is the perfect event for those with a bit of a sweet tooth. The Lakes Cake Fest is held at The Factory Tap in Kendal and will feature the best of the best of local cake makers and producers as well as some exciting demonstrations throughout the day.

You can buy tickets on the website for £5 each.

Taste Cumbria – 28th September

This is Cumbria’s biggest food and drink festival, welcoming local shops, restaurants, chefs, and foodies to Cockermouth for food, drinks, and celebrations. You’ll be able to visit the 80 stalls selling everything from fresh bread to G&Ts while enjoying the musical stylings of a number of local bands.

The Lakes Autumn Whiskey Festival – 26th October

A little later on in the year, head to The Lakes Distillery in Cockermouth for the Autumn Whiskey Festival. You’ll get the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the distillery and learn all about the process of making whiskey with a chance to sample the different spirits. There will even be alpacas to hang out with after the tour!

There are plenty of foodie festivals to get involved in over the summer and autumn months in Lancashire and the Lake District, so get booking your places now! While you’re in the area, make sure to pay us a visit and enjoy a delicious meal at our Silverdale restaurant. You can even stay in one of our self-catering holiday cottages if you’re hoping to stay nearby.