Sausages celebrated at Muncaster

Muncaster Castle is set to host the second Cumbria Life Sausage Festival.

The annual celebration of the Great British banger will once more take place over the May Day Bank Holiday between 30 April and 2 May.

Last year the festival, organised in association with Cumbria Life, Taste the Lakes and the Cumberland Sausage Club, saw more than 3,000 people flocking to the Western Lake District attraction during the weekend to applaud the great Cumbrian banger.

This year the festival will feature cookery demonstrations by a selection of local chefs, including Peter Sidwell, ITVs Britains Best Bakery, Kevin Hillyer (aka Big Pan Man) head chef at the Westmorland Hotel at Tebay, Gary McClure, Made in Cumbria Chef and Jon Fell, head chef at the White Mare, Beckermet.

And over 40 producers have already confirmed for this years festival, including Ennerdale Brewery, The Lakes Distillery, Taste of the Lakes and Old Smokehouse, Savin Hill Farm and Butchery, Kickass Cheeses, Juicy Jams & Saucy Secrets, Passion du Fromage, Waulkmill Cider and Madhatters Cider, Abbotts Chocolates, First Choice Meats, Jans Cakes, Taste of Eden Ice-cream, Woodlands Free Range Meats, The Cumbrian Sausage, and Taste of Eden Ice Cream, to name a few.

Your Favourite Butchers Cumberland Sausage Competition makes a return with the public tasting on Saturday.

The Cumberland Sausage Eating Competition, hosted by First Choice Meats, is also returning. The 2015 entry fees went to Hospice at Home West Cumbria and this year go to CFMs Cash for Kids Charity.

TV chef Peter Sidwell is also raising funds for CFMs Cash for Kids as he attempts to create the Worlds Longest Sausage Sandwich on Monday.

Andy Chafe, Muncaster Castles marketing manager, said: The Cumberland Sausage Festival is the perfect showcase for local and regional produce and provides a great opportunity to bring it all together for people to see and taste a selection of whats on offer. There has been considerable interest in this years event already making it bigger and better than last year. That said, we are happy to hear from any producers or artisan makers who are interested in attending as we have the option of adding additional areas to the festival space should they be required.

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